Brrrrrr! It was so cold here in South Carolina I decided to make this soup I was sure would add some soothing warmth to our bodies. So good, served with a bit of Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. I just love comfort food and this one is now at the top of my list.
1 package Smoked Sausage
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbls. olive oil
1 small can (4.5 oz) tomato paste
1 qt. beef bone broth (or beef stock)
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon basil
3 teaspoons parsley
1 bay leaf
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup red wine (optional)
8 to 9 ounces cheese tortellini
Parmesan cheese for garnish
Saute onions, garlic and carrots in olive oil until onions are soft and carrots are beginning to soften (they will continue to cook as the soup simmers.).
Add in diced sausage and saute for a few minutes. Add in tomato paste, beef bone broth or beef stock and water. Add in spices and wine (if using). Simmer for 30 minutes.
Ten minutes before it is done add in cheese tortellini and cook until tender.
Pour into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
Yield: 4 servings