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Thursday, November 29, 2012


Hi guys!!!

Since Thanksgiving I've been busy replacing a fence and cleaning up the yard the fence went around.  EEK!!!  Not a pretty sight!!!

Now, it's time to get ready for a last minute holiday gift show at a local art gallery called  Falala.  The show will be December 14th and 15th.  Click here for more information.  I'll give you more as we get closer to the show too!!!!

I've been so busy I really didn't have any thing to say until a few nights ago when I was on Pinterest!!!  YES!!!  I love Pinterest!!!  You know I do!!!   :)

Well, I found a recipe that sounded really good.  SO!  I made it.  It's AMAZING!!!  The flavor is soooooooooooooo good!!!  It's for a soup called Tortellini Sausage Soup and it's from Mel over at Mel's Kitchen Cafe.  I dropped Mel a note asking permission to put his recipe here for you to try.  I looked at a few more of his recipes too ,,, he's got some real winners over there.  Go check it out!  You will not be disappointed!

Tortellini Sausage Soup

*Note: If zucchini isn't in season, you could easily sub chopped spinach or frozen peas here. Also, if you absolutely can't find apple cider, try apple juice and in a last ditch effort, leave it out (although it does add a delicious hint of unique flavor). Even in my little town, I have been able to find Italian chicken sausage. It is lean, healthy and delicious. You want to look for sausage that is in a casing and is uncooked.

*Serves 4-6

3 links Italian sausage (the kind that is uncooked in casings - see note above)
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 onion, diced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup apple cider
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup chopped carrots
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 medium zucchini, grated (no need to peel)
2 tablespoons dried parsley
8-10 ounce package refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini

Remove the casings by slicing down one side of the sausage and peeling the casing back from the sausage. In a large pot, cook the sausage over medium heat until it starts to brown, using a wooden spoon to crumble as it cooks. Add the chopped onion and garlic. Continue cooking until the onions are translucent and the sausage is cooked through. Drain any excess grease, if needed (alternately, if your sausage is extra lean, you may need to add a drizzle of olive oil to keep it from sticking).

Stir in the chicken broth, apple cider, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrots, oregano, and basil. Bring the soup to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in zucchini and parsley simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add the tortellini and cook until tender (usually only a couple of minutes, even when the packages call for 7-9 minutes cooking time, I only cook the tortellini for 4-5 minutes so it doesn't fall apart). Serve immediately with freshly grated Parmesan, if desired.


OKAY!  So, I'm one of those cooks, bakers actually, that sees a recipe and has to change it.  You don't need to change a thing here!!!  I got a little lazy and only added one zucchini to this pot of soup because I had a bunch of celery left from Thanksgiving.  So, I added 3 stalks of celery and one medium zucchini.  It was so good!!!!

In my house it's just me, a dog and 2 kitties.  SO!  I should have frozen the rest of this soup that night.  I didn't.  Then I had it the next day for lunch.  I should have frozen the rest right then.  I didn't.  SO!  I had the soup the next evening and my tortellinis were laughing at me.  The were trying to fall apart.  It still tasted great, but, the pasta was past soggy!  OOPS!!! 
I'm pretty sure I'm taking this soup to our family Christmas get together.  It's fast, easy and full of taste!  Give it a try!

Time to get.  I promise to tell you about Falala soon and show you some of what I'm making for it.

Thanks for checking out Mel!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a good one!  Shell  


  1. That looks like it could warm the body and soul!

  2. YUM! I think it did :)!!! Give it a try. It was wonderful! Shell