Quick, go-to weeknight dinners in our house usually involve breakfast or pasta. I love ready-made refrigerated tortellini tossed with garlic, cheese and broccoli but I was feeling pretty burnt out on that dish.
In a moment of unusual inspiration I got the idea for soup. Crumble and sauté some pork sausage in a large soup pot, toss in minced garlic, and them simmer gently with beef stock and tomatoes. There is no need to let this simmer slowly for hours to get good flavor, that comes from the sausage and stock. Plus, you cook the tortellini in the soup itself so this is literally a one pot meal.
I paired the tortellini soup with some toasted farmhouse bread, buttered and rubbed with garlic cloves. Sprinkle the toasts or the soup (or both) with some Parmesan cheese for extra bite.
Hearty, easy and delicious. After work my husband wasn’t feeling well (crabby and ill) but he proclaimed he felt better after two bowls of this and some relaxing on the couch. He thanked me for the ‘delicious Thanksgiving dinner’. An inside joke of ours, but I know it’s a high compliment.
Hearty Tortellini Soup with Garlicky Toasts
- 1 10 oz package fresh refrigerated spinach tortellini
- 1/2 lb pork sausage (I like Bob Evans)
- (3) 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1 clove whole
- 28 oz beef stock
- 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- Parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- Farmhouse bread (I like Trader Joe’s brand)
Put a small amount of olive oil, just to prevent sticking, in a large stockpot and add sausage. Turn heat to medium and cook the sausage, breaking into crumbles, until browned. Add in the two cloves minced garlic and saute for a couple minutes. Pour in the beef stock, tomatoes and dried basil and bring to a boil. Read the package instructions for the tortellini and cook them, in the boiling soup, for the amount of time specified- usually between 2 and 6 minutes. When cooking time is up, immediately remove from heat, add salt and pepper. Ladle into soup bowl and top with cheese if desired.
For the Garlicky Toasts: Preheat broiler for 400°. Slice the farmhouse bread and butter it. Put on a foil lined baking sheet and place under broiler until toasted and golden brown around the edges (keep an eye on them they burn fast). Remove and rub each toasted piece with the remaining whole garlic clove to impart some delicious flavor. You could add some cheese to these as well, and put back under the broiler for a quick melt.
Question of the Day: Do you like soup for comfort food? If not, what is your go-to?