Minestrone Soup with Sausage and Tortellini

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Stir up a bowl of comfort with this easy to prepare Minestrone Soup with Sausage and Tortellini. It’s delicious and chock full of fall harvest vegetables.

Minestrone Soup with Sausage and Tortellini | Life as Mom

Even though California doesn’t truly have the seasons in the same way the rest of the country does, we’re really good at faking it. I’ve noticed many trees nearby that are a vivid red. I know they can’t be the same kind of tree as they have in New England, but that’s okay with me. I’ll take my fall colors when I can get them — even when it comes after the rest of the country is blanketed in snow.

It’s a rainy day here in San Diego. We’ve needed rain for months/years, and it’s been so refreshing that every couple weeks this fall we’ve received a good day or two of dousing. It’s the perfect day to make this Minestrone Soup with Sausage and Tortellini.

Cozy up with a pot of this bubbling soup chock full of fall harvest veggies!

This recipe is one of FishPapa’s very favorites; I’ve been making it since we were newlyweds living in 200-square feet. Yep, one room plus a tiny bathroom. We could see the kitchen, the sleeping area, the dining area all from one spot. Many a Sunday afternoon found me stirring up a big pot of this Minestrone Soup to share with friends after soup.

Minestrone Soup with Sausage and Tortellini | Life as Mom

It makes use of lots of vegetables as well as Italian spices, but the best parts are the spicy sausage chunks and the cheesy tortellini. It’s a stick-to-yer-ribs kind of meal. No matter where you live, you’ll want to try this minestrone soup.

If you’re making this in advance, hold off on adding the tortellini. They will absorb liquid until they get soggy and mushy. No bene. The soup makes a big pot, so you may have leftovers. Plan accordingly and do one of two things:

  1. cook the tortellini separately and add them to each bowl individually…. or
  2. remove your anticipated leftover soup prior to adding the pasta to the pot. The soup is great with or without pasta. You can add more noodles when you serve the second half.

But, if you’re serving a crowd, go for the gusto. This soup will be an excellent crowd pleaser at your next big get-together.

There’s also a crockpot option: Saute the vegetables in a frying pan as recipe directs, but then combine all ingredients, except noodles and meat, in the crockpot. Turn pot to low and allow to simmer during the day. Twenty minutes before serving time, adjust seasonings, turn heat to high and add pasta and meat. Leaving the cover off also allows soup to thicken slightly.

Buon appetito!

Minestrone Soup with Sausage and Tortellini | Life as Mom

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Recipe originally published October 30, 2008.

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  1. JessieLeigh says

    This looks perfect for a chilly day! I love minestrone… and pasta fagiole (pretty sure I spelled that wrong : )), but I haven’t found the “perfect” recipe for that one yet…

  2. Ryann says

    Ditto everything JessieLeigh said above. Exactly what I was going to say! Wow, all of our great minds think alike, right!?

  3. mommykerrie says

    Yeah! Here’s my version of Shepherd’s Pie: http://thekerrieshow.blogspot.com/2008/10/need-more-thyme.html

    Also, I used my CVS extra card in new and obscene ways the other night! got deodorant and soap for Mac Daddy, and got back $4 extra care bucks; bought cold meds for the kids (always need those) and got back $10. i wouldn’t have thought of it without frugal little FishMama on my shoulder!

  4. SnoWhite says

    delicious! Love the addition of Italian sausage to the soup.

  5. cindy says

    This Soup is amazing. I never got it right before until today.. i just wasn’t brave enough with the herbs and oil. thanks xo

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