I’ve decided that the only good thing about winter is all the yummy soups. This minestrone is absolutely delicious. There are so many reasons to love this soup . . . . It’s so quick and simple to make—it honestly takes about 10 minutes to throw it together, you probably have all the ingredients on hand, and it’s so good ( and even better the second day).
This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks. I’ve made a few changes to it, including adding the tortellini, which we love. I love the bean with bacon soup in it, it adds such a great flavor. I love to serve this with some good artisan bread or cornbread. It’s a great, simple, delicious meal.
- 1 pound Italian sausage (mild or hot)
- 4 cups water
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 can (14 oz) beef broth
- 1 can (10 oz) bean with bacon soup
- 2 cans (15oz) Italian diced tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 pkg. frozen cheese tortellini
- Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- Brown sausage in large pot. Drain any grease.
- Add remaining ingredients except the tortellini and simmer, uncovered over low heat for one hour.
- Add tortellini and simmer for 10 more minutes.
- Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Recipe source: Adapted from the Essential Mormon Celebrations Cookbook