A delicious, easy and satisfying soup that everyone will love.
2pintsof unsalted chicken brothI used homemade but you can buy really good stock at the store. Just don't buy the really cheap stuff
1cupof heavy cream
5medium carrots coarsely diced or sliced all the same size.
5sweet Italian sausage linkscasings removed
5red potatoes or new potatoes quarteredall the same size
2 small packages of cheese tortellini or 1 large packageyour favorite brand
4clovesof garlic diced
1small onion diced
2tablespoonof olive oilplus more for tortellini
1tablespoonSalt plus more to taste
1teaspoonof dried oregano
⅛teaspoonred pepper flakes
In a large soup pot over medium heat add your olive oil.
When your oil is hot, go ahead and add your sausages (with the casings removed ) into the pot and break it up into small pieces. Cook until fully browned.
Next add your diced carrots, onions, garlic, red pepper flakes and oregano and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Add a pinch of salt and cook for another minute.
Now add your chicken broth.potatoes and salt and stir well.
Reduce heat to a simmer on medium low heat. Keep cooking your soup until the potatoes are fully cooked, about 10-15 minutes.
While your potatoes are cooking, grab a medium pot and fill with water for your tortellini. Bring to a boil and cook your tortellini according to the instructions on the package usually 3-4 minutes.
Drain your tortellini and add it back to its pot (move it off the heat and add a good drizzle of olive oil and gently mix to prevent them from sticking.) Set aside. Note: You want to keep your pasta separate from your soup until you are ready to serve it or else your pasta will drink up all your broth and become mushy.
Back to the soup, once the potatoes are ready (this is when you can pierce them with a fork) you can go ahead and add your heavy cream to the soup and stir well. Taste for seasoning at this point and see if it needs salt or pepper.
Add a large ladle of tortellini to each bowl and then ladle in the soup over top making sure to get some of all the yummy ingredients into each bowl.
To store leftovers:Keep tortellini and soup separate when storing in the refrigerator. This keeps the pasta from drinking up the broth. When ready to re-heat, take the tortellini and soup out of the refrigerator and let come to almost room temp. At this point, reheat the soup (not the tortellini) until it is very hot almost boiling. Ladle tortellini into bowls and ladle soup over top to almost completely cover. The hot soup will warm the tortellini through.