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Fabulous Fall Soup a.k.a. Tortellini and Sausage Soup with Beans and Greens

In Chef on September 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

LusciousHow is it possible I’ve never posted Olivia’s Get-Your-Groove-Back Soup from Luscious? Huge oversight!

I’m making it today for my WNYRW writer’s retreat. It never fails to deliver inspiration. Revitalization. Food for my soul. My husband discovered it nigh on thirteen years ago when our first daughter was born. I nearly died, and he made batch after batch to bring me back to life. I think it’s the fresh fennel that does it for me – especially back then when I WAS a food source for a hungry baby. Fennel adds a fresh and mysterious yet warm and familiar note to this filling soup.

Click the “Read More” tab for the recipe for this FABULOUS soup!

HungryForLove Usen Soup

Tortellini and Sausage Soup with Beans and Greens*Serves 6

2 Tablespoons olive oil

12 ounces cooked sausage

2 medium onions, small diced

5 carrots, small diced

1 four-inch fresh fennel bulb, thinly sliced then chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

10 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

4 cups chopped fresh kale, escarole, Swiss chard or other green

1 15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed

1 9 ounce package frozen cheese tortellini

Parmesan or Asiago cheese for garnish

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and fennel. Cook until limp and translucent.
  2. Add garlic. Saute one minute, until it smells heavenly.
  3. Add broth and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, cook tortellini separately, so they don’t suck all the broth out of your soup.
  5. When pasta is drained and the vegetables are tender, stir in white beans, cooked sausage, and greens. Simmer until greens wilt.
  6. Put 6-8 tortellini in each soup bowl then add soup. Serve with grated cheese and crusty bread. And butter…lots of butter.

* If you want to make this soup a day ahead, do not add the tortellini until you plan to serve it.

Off to buy fresh fennel! 🙂 Happy September!

P.S. Jessyka F. won the signed copy of WILD CHILD. Congratulations, Jessyka!

 

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  1. Beautiful, beautiful, and perfect “get your groove back” sounding soup! It really is the best food for the soul…a dear friend and old housemate dropped me a line yesterday, thirteen years after 9/11. She made it out of downtown Manhattan that day, and I had matzo soup waiting for her. She reminded me of that yesterday, thanking me for the comfort of my soup. I remember so much (too much) about that day, but I hadn’t remembered cooking. It is therapy for those who make it, and for those who eat it.

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