There are those days when you just have a just few minutes for dinner and have to grab whatever’s in the fridge. A day in the week when I completely forget to cook or I’ve been cooking all day for a someone else and don’t want to sit over the stove for another hour. Things happen — as moms we know this– and when they do I rely on my stash of supper easy and fresh recipes like this one, Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Spinach.
I always have homemade chicken stock on hand, it’s truly a lifesaver and makes your dollar go even further when purchasing a whole chicken. If I’m not making a stock out of a pasture whole chicken or chicken wings, I’m using the leftover bones from a roasted chicken and simmering them with vegetables and herbs for about 3 hours. Homemade stock is what makes this dish and I highly recommend it — plus it’s ten times more nutritious than the boxed/canned broth in the stores.
Once I boil up the stock, I basically through in whatever is in the fridge. Last night, it so happened I had tortellini, cooked sausage leftover from a previous meal, and spinach from the garden. After we tossed all of that in, we had a delicious healthy meal in under 15 minutes. So simple and quick with no fuss. With a little shaved Parmesan or Pecorino and you’re set for the easiest and most delicious family comfort meal.
In other news, I’m off to roast a rabbit and figure out what I’m going to do with 5 pounds of garlic scapes that I got at the farmer’s market. Cheers!
Sausage Spinach Tortellini Soup is a simple and rustic yet luxurious soup with bold flavors to wrap your family's taste buds in on any night of the week.
- 7 cups chicken stock, homemade preferred
- 1 pound fresh cheese tortellini
- 3 mild Italian sausage links (about 1/4 pound each), cooked and sliced
- 8 ounces (weight) baby spinach
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Shaved Parmesan for garnish
- In a large pot, bring stock to a boil. Add tortellini and reduce heat to a low boil (medium-high). Boil for 5 minutes until the tortellini are just just about al dente. Add sausage and spinach and boil for a two minutes until the sausage is heated through, spinach wilted, and the tortellini are firm but tender.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with shaved parmesan, if desired.