Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini and Kale Recipe
8 oz Tortellini
1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
8oz Italian Sausage
½ Onion, chopped
2 Carrots, chopped
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 can (14oz) Diced Tomatoes (a variety with Italian seasonings or basil in the mix works great)
3 cups Chicken Stock
2 leaves Kale, finely chopped
2 stalks Fresh Thyme
1 can (15oz) Cannellini or White Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice, to taste
2 oz Parmesan, grated
YIELD 4 servings
Cook tortellini according to package directions. (You can do this up to 3 days ahead, as I like do as part of my Sunday Prep.)
Place a Dutch Oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil and then Italian Sausage and saute, breaking sausage apart, until nearly cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add onions, carrots and Italian seasoning and saute until onion softens, 2 to 3 minutes more.
Add tomatoes (including their liquid), stock, kale and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat so the soup maintains a low simmer and continue simmering for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together. While soup simmers, drain and rinse beans and grate parmesan (if not already grated).
Stir beans and into soup and simmer just until beans are heated through. Remove soup from heat and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Taste and add additional salt (I do often find this needs a bit more salt at the end, but that will depend on the natural saltiness of your sausage and stock.)
Divide tortellini into serving bowls. Ladle soup over tortellini (see note). Top with parmesan.