It about took me longer to type the name of this post than it'll take you to throw this soup together. Of course, that's just a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. And since we've been talking lately about getting dinner on the table with as little fuss as possible, I'm happy to report that we've got a winner here.
As I mentioned in the last post on this page, I always keep cartons of Roasted Red Pepper soup in the pantry because they're maybe one of the most versatile and delicious things to come out of a carton. To be honest, I just love a plain ol' bowl of this stuff, but in keeping with our theme of quick and easy dinners, I thought I'd see what I could whip up for dinner beginning with a box of soup.
I found some Italian sausage in the freezer and a package of spinach tortellini in the fridge and that was about all the inspiration I needed to get dinner on the table in about 15 minutes. After thawing out the Italian sausage, I cut it out of the links and browned it in a pan. While that was cooking, I boiled up the tortellini and drained it. Then I dumped the soup in with the sausage, added the tortellini and called it dinner.
And man, was this ever good! I sprinkled a little grated parmesan on top and a little chopped basil, but that's just because I had the time and felt like it. But if you're in a hurry, just those 3 simple ingredients (soup, sausage, tortellini) make a quick, hearty and delicious meal in minutes. If you have a little time to spare, you could stir in a little fresh spinach or some zucchini or just about any veggies you might have on hand. A nice crusty loaf of bread would make this even more awesome.
OK then. Here are 3 more items to put on your backstock list. I keep them on hand at all times now and am thusly prepared for a quick and easy dinner throwdown no matter how short on time I am. Game on! Here's the recipe (although you really don't need one)...
Creamy Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage and Tortellini
So here's a quick, easy, nutritious and super scrumptious meal that you can have on the table in minutes. There are basically only 3 ingredients, so feel free to improvise and add in anything you have the time and energy to do. A crusty loaf of sourdough bread would really make this complete.
1 box of organic Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup (like Pacific)
1 package, about 9 oz, cheese tortellini
1 lb (about 3 large links) Italian sausage
Remove the sausage from the casings if in links
In a medium large soup pan brown the Italian sausage over medium high heat. If you're using turkey sausage, you may need to add a little olive oil to the pan. Use a spoon or spatula to break up the meat as it cooks. You want to leave it in fairly good- sized chunks.
While the meat is cooking, bring about 3 quarts of water to a boil. Add the totellini and boil for about 7-8 minutes. It will finish cooking in the soup. Drain the tortellini.
When the sausage is cooked through, add the entire carton of soup to the pan along with the tortellini and heat through.
To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with grated parmesan and chopped fresh basil, if desired.