Italian Stew

I’m feeling kind of sick today. It’s also raining outside. Comfort food? Comfort food! Oh wait, that’s all I ever eat! LOL. I need hot savory stew. One with tomatoes, garlic, cheese, veggies, meat, pasta…. you know, my usual go to flavor pallet. I found this recipe in one of those handy dandy cooking mini magazines that tend to catch my eye in the checkout line. Since then, it has become a staple during the cold rainy fall, winter… and spring. I love making big batches so I can have it for lunch for a couple of days. If you portion the tortellini, it’s can be fairly low cal too!

Italian Stew. Easy and delicious! Great comfort food for cold rainy days! This is the best way to have tortellini! Super Yum!! Small Town Girl Blog

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups beef broth (or chicken, or a mixture)
  • 1 16 oz can diced tomato
  • 1 16 oz can tomato sauce (use 2 if you want it more soupy)
  • 1 medium carrot – thinly sliced
  • 1 lb Italian sausage (mild or hot, your choice) I’m not a carnivore, so I only use ½ a lb.
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup of baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 package of refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 palm of dried Italian seasonings
  • Grated parmesan

Extras: 1/3 cup green pepper chopped (I don’t like green pepper so I skip it), a dash or two of red wine or balsamic vinegar.

Time: 1 hour

Servings: 8

Instructions:

In a large sauce pan combine beef broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and carrots. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.

Italian Stew. Easy and delicious! Great comfort food for cold rainy days! This is the best way to have tortellini! Super Yum!! Small Town Girl Blog

In a pan, crumble sausage and sauté along with diced onion and garlic.

Italian Stew. Easy and delicious! Great comfort food for cold rainy days! This is the best way to have tortellini! Super Yum!! Small Town Girl Blog

Drain

Add the drained meat to the sauce pan

Cover and simmer for 30 minutes

Stir in zucchini, basil, and spinach. Cover and simmer for another 15 mins.

Italian Stew. Easy and delicious! Great comfort food for cold rainy days! This is the best way to have tortellini! Super Yum!! Small Town Girl Blog

Add tortellini and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

Italian Stew. Easy and delicious! Great comfort food for cold rainy days! This is the best way to have tortellini! Super Yum!! Small Town Girl Blog

Top with grated parmesan

Italian Stew. Easy and delicious! Great comfort food for cold rainy days! This is the best way to have tortellini! Super Yum!! Small Town Girl Blog

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