I was watching Tyler's Ultimate on Food TV the other day and he made an incredible looking chicken noodle soup using cheese tortellini and chicken-apple sausage. I decided to make something similar last night and it turned out great. I still want to get Tyler's recipe, but in the meantime, this one is very good.
Tortellini and Italian Sausage Soup
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
48 oz. low-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp. flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped
salt and pepper
1 lb. Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup white wine
20 oz. bag frozen cheese tortellini
Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add oil. Add garlic, carrots, celery, onion, bay leaves and thyme. Saute for 5 to 8 minutes. Add broth, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
Brown sausage in batches in a large skillet, add to soup pot. When finished, add white wine to pan and scrape up any brown bits, add to soup. Add frozen tortellini to soup and cook until they float. Adjust seasonings and serve.