Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetables

This whole produce box thing is really giving me a workout. And I don’t mean just lugging it from car to kitchen. I have met some vegetables and fruits in real life that I never knew existed!

Well, I take that back. I knew they existed. But, not in my kitchen. Sorrel? Yu choy? Turnips? I can only hope that all these freaky foods I’m feeding my family are really, really good for us. One can always hope.

Honestly, though, I’ve had more trouble getting a particular 7-year old to choke down a cooked carrot, something I’ve been serving him for 6 years, at least. One night he ate turnip greens and yu choy without batting an eye, but tried to escape the table before finishing his corn and rice. Imagine that!

I just can’t win.

And soup night continues to be a bit of a battle. But, I’m marching on. Recently, I snuck in a turnip, cherry tomatoes, and green beans into this soup chock full of cheese tortellini and mild Italian sausage. There was none left, but one bowlful to send to work with hubs the next day.

I guess I can win. I just can’t predict when that will be!

I used cherry tomatoes because we had a lot of them and only a few of us enjoy them for fresh eating. Roasting them softened the tomatoes and brought out their delicious flavors. If turnips are considered a freaky vegetable at your house, feel free to substitute some carrots. I used dry tortellini from Trader Joe’s. Follow the package directions once you add them to the pot.

This is a tasty and hearty soup, perfect for the upcoming cold winter nights.

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  1. I want to know what that bread is in the picture with the soup??? It looks yummy!

  2. When my boys were young, I let them add a topping to their soup. Crushed crackers, cheese, popcorn, goldfish occasionally. Even salt and pepper! It goes down happier when they made it their own! I love soup suppers and will be trying this one. Thanks

  3. I used to make a similar soup but had forgotten about it! I picked up some tortellini to make it tonight! thanks!
    (I have sweet italian turkey sausage in the freezer so that is what we will use :).

  4. June Combs says:

    Ohhh Jessica ~ I had the same thing happen to me for about 4 weeks in a row of my happy box, I dreaded the box coming, but I started roasting all the veggies and freezing them, everything’s better roasted, but I had so much greenery some of it wilted and I thru away, that was hard!

    I discovered there is nothing I can do to a beet and like it, and I’m sure I got a million of them in the happy box this summer!!!


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