This is something we all need to tell ourselves every day. We are beautiful - because God doesn't make any junk!
ITALIAN SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SOUP -(from my dear friend Jean)
1 pound sweet Italian ground sausage (I used about 3/4 pound, but you can add more....am saving 1/4 # for egg casserole:)
1 c. chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic or 2 tsp. chopped fresh garlic that you can buy in the jar
5 small cans of chicken broth (low fat)
1 c. water with dissolved chicken boullion cube
1/2 c. red wine ( optional...I didn't have any)
1/2 - 3/4 bag torn in half fresh spinach (but can use 1/2 pkg. defrosted spinach)
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 c. thinly sliced carrots (I like to do them on the diagonal)
8 oz. cheese tortellini (comes frozen)
1/2 green bell pepper (you can use the whole one if you'd like...John isn't a big fan of green peppers, but he loved this soup with just 1/2 of one)
Grated fresh parmesan for topping (optional, but nice touch:)
1. Place sausage in large pot over med heat and saute til well browned Drain and pat off grease really well. Keep a little grease in pan. Saute onions, green pepper and garlic for about 5 minutes in a little grease left in pan.
2. Add beef stock, chicken boullion dissolved in water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, basil, and oregano. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 min, skimming any fat that my surface.
3. Add tortellini and simmer for 10 min. or til tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into indiv. bowls and garnish with the cheese or serve cheese on side.
Nice accompaniments are garlic bread and salad....Enjoy! :)
P.S. In case you don't like spinach you can substitute chopped zucchini. I love spinach and liked the nice deep green color, as well. Personal choice there.:)
I am going to go buy the ingredients this week - her recipes never fail me.
THOUGH FOR THE DAY!
Now for me - I truly believe this with all my heart. And I am going to do one random act of kindness today - want to join me?