Monday, December 20, 2010

Italian Sausage and Ravioli soup

I love this hearty soup for the winter months.  Nothing is better than a hot pot of soup and warm bread on a cold day.  I originally got this recipe from my mother-in-law and it was called Italian sausage and tortellini soup.  My friend, Elizabeth, in Ohio also brought this soup to our recipe club for Italian night.  It's delicious and I wanted to make sure and post it to my blog.  I have made this recipe my own, but feel free to make substitutions to suit your taste buds.  Enjoy!!

Italian Sausage and Ravioli Soup


Ingredients:
3 links of sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of chopped sweet onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cartons beef broth
1 cup red wine (never use a wine in your cooking that you wouldn't drink-make it a good one)
1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 tbsp organic sugar
3 shredded carrots
1 zucchini cut into small chunks
1 bell pepper, diced
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, stems removed
1 tsp dried basil or 4 large basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 container of Buitoni whole wheat four cheese ravioli (in the refrigerator pasta section of your grocery store)
fresh grated Parmesan cheese for topping


Brown sausage in a large pot ( I love my enameled cast iron dutch oven for this-it is great for soups and braising foods.)  Remove sausage from pot and set aside.  Add olive oil to pan and saute onion and garlic until tender but not browned.   Add beef broth, wine, sugar, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, zucchini, bell pepper and sausage.  Boil then reduce to simmer for 40 minutes.  Stir in ravioli and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.  Stir in spinach and cook until just wilted.  Turn off heat and ladle into bowls.  Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Serve with crusty garlic bread for dipping.  Enjoy~



5 comments:

  1. Amee, this looks AMAZING! I can't wait to try it. :)

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  2. Thanks, Beth! I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. This looks similar to my cheese tortellini soup. I didn't know Buitoni made whole wheat pasta. I make mine with turkey sausage and it tastes great. This is intriguing because of the spinach and some other different ingredients. I will have to try

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  4. Mouth watering !! Gotta try this delicious recipe soon :)

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  5. Ameeeeee! I love the flavors and the fact that you intensified them w/the wine! Yep, this is a gloomy day picker upper!! xoxo Ally

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