Just Abbey, John and I ~ we enjoyed a late dinner together and watched
a Phantom of the Opera DVD.
A splendid and relaxing way to end the year.
1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef broth
2 cups chopped tomatoes (I used canned diced tomatoes)
1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce
1 large zucchini, chopped or sliced (I used frozen spinach and added it with the tortellini)
1 large carrot, sliced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup dry red wine or water
1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
10 oz cheese tortellini
3 tbsp fresh parsley or 1 tbsp dried
salt and pepper
fresh grated Parmesan cheese
In a large soup pot, crumble the sausage and cook until no longer pink.Drain sausage on paper towels, and remove most of the drippings from the pot.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve with Parmesan cheese.