Jimmy Dean Sausage, Tomato and Tortellini Soup

Jimmy Dean
8 to 9 cups

Ingredients

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1 package Regular Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
1 teaspoon ground fennel
3 cups water or stock
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs and garlic
9 or 10 ounces purchased fresh cheese tortellini
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced, quartered yellow squash
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or 1 tablespoon dried basil (optional)
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional)

Preparation

Spoon 1-inch chunks of sausage into a 4- to 6- quart non-stick pot; cook sausage and ground fennel over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until meat is lightly browned and no longer pink. Stir in stock, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Increase heat to high, stir in tortellini and squash. When liquid returns to a boil, stir once, add basil, if desired; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until pasta is just tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Season to taste; garnish with Parmesan and parsley.

Created date

November 2007