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I had all of these ingredients on hand and adapted this from Gimme Some Oven.  It’s delicious and it’s a great way to get kids to eat spinach.

Tortellini soup with Italian sausage, spinach and tomatoes
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced white onion (about 1 small white onion)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves, loosely-packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound package frozen cheese tortellini (green/spinach pasta, if possible)
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, packed
  • freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  1. Cook the Italian sausage in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until browned, breaking the sausage up and stirring it with a wooden spoon. Drain off any excess grease, then transfer the sausage to a separate plate and set aside.
  2. Return the stockpot to the heat and add the olive oil. Add the white onion and saute for 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute, or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Add the diced tomatoes, stock, basil, salt, pepper, and the cooked Italian sausage to the pot, and stir to combine.
  3. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer. Add in the tortellini and baby spinach, and let the soup continue to simmer (reducing heat to medium-low if it starts to boil) until the tortellini is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Taste and season with extra salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Serve warm, garnished with Parmesan cheese.