Tortellini, Sausage & Spinach Soup

tortellinisausagesoupThis was a lovely Plan B on a rainy October evening when I discovered that I had not marinated the chicken for the dinner I had originally planned to make.  This is super easy, tasty, comfort food.

TORTELLINI, SAUSAGE & SPINACH SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage (depending how meaty you like your soup)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 5 cups chicken broth (about)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (9 oz.) package refrigerated fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 (6 oz.) package baby spinach, coarsely chopped (6 cups)

    Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

    PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:

  • HEAT oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Add crumbled sausage, onion and garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in chicken broth. Add Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes.
  • ADD tortellini; simmer 5 to7 minutes. Add half & half. Bring to a simmer.
  • STIR in spinach. Simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors.
  • Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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