Thank you to everyone for your sweet comments! I can't wait to share the pictures we took today on our drive through beautiful Pa Dutch Country! We took almost 70 pictures! Here is one sneak peek...
Spring is always a busy time with baseball, track and ballet. The kids get in the door from school and we finish homework and quickly eat only to run out the door for practice or a game. Sigh.... It is a good busy, but busy.
When it comes to meals it needs to be fast and easy. Soup is always a good option and it has been unseasonably chilly here in Pa, which makes warm soup a great option. This soup has at least one item in it that each child likes! That makes this recipe a keeper!
Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup
with White Beans
4 Tbls olive oil
5 links hot or sweet sausage, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped onion
1 fennel bulb, chopped
4-6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tsp dried thyme
1-2 medium size tomatoes, diced
48 ounces chicken broth
1 16-ounce package frozen cheese tortellini
1 19-ounce can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
6-10 ounces packaged spinach leaves
salt and pepper
Heat oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium-low heat. Add sausage, onions, fennel, garlic and thyme. Cook for 10-12minutes
Be careful it doesn't burn..
Add tomato and spinach
Add Chicken broth and tortellini (see note below)
Return to boil and allow to simmer for 6-8 minutes
Tony actually made this in the morning and he didn't want to add the tortellini until I heated it for dinner. The tortillini would soak up the chicken broth while sitting in the refrigerator, therefore it was better to wait.
When I pulled the soup out of the refrigerator for dinner that night, I brought it to a boil and added the tortellini and cooked for 6-8 minutes. Season with Salt and Pepper.
I asked Tony if he would teach us (me) some 101 cooking techniques. When I am dicing a tomato or onion he turns his head, because he says I hold the knife and onion wrong. I also have no idea how to debone a chicken. First on the list will be the chicken! Can you think of any other 101 cooking techniques you would like to know or learn? Don't be afraid to ask....he is listening!
We are happy to join in another fun