spicy andouille sausage and tortellini soup (for slow cooker)

November 16, 2015

makes 6 servings       prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 7-8 hours

ingredients
1 zucchini, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
1/3 c chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 package spicy andouille sausage, cut into half coins (could be regular smoked sausage instead)
3 roma tomatos, chopped (could use 1 can of diced tomatoes instead)
1/3 c tomato sauce
1/4 c tomato paste
1 3/4 c beef (or chicken) broth
1 1/4 c water 3.5 c water
1/3 c dry red wine
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
2 T parsley
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)
1 (9 oz.) package cheese tortellini

directions

  1. in this order, add zucchini, green pepper, carrot, onion, garlic, sausage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
  2. add all the liquids next: broth, water, red wine.
  3. next, add the seasonings: BOP (basil, oregano, & parsley), salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. cook in slow cooker on LOW for 7-8 hours until vegetables are soft.
  5. about 20 minutes before eating, boil the tortellini until al dente.
  6. drain pasta and serve.
  7. scoop soup into bowls and then add the tortellini separately to each bowl. tip: store soup and tortellini separately, so tortellini doesn’t get soggy.

source

i edited this for use of a slow cooker. my aunt makes a similar recipe like this for thanksgiving dinner almost every year and it’s sooooo good ! her version is a little cumbersome, so i found my own version and then made it even more simple by using a slow cooker. all you have to do is chop up all the vegetables, dump them into the slow cooker, and *voila* dinner in no time and with very little effort !

when i made this this evening, i only cooked it for 6 hours on LOW and the vegetables were a little too crisp for my tastes, so i’d think that another hour or two would probably get the vegetables to a softer consistency.

this ended up being a thicker tomato-ey soup than i remember, even though, i think i added another 2 cups of water in addition to what the recipe originally called for. i forgot to add the wine which may be another tiny reason why the soup was as thick as it was.

still, it ended up being a delicious hot soup for a cool fall evening =]

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