windy days call for soup

Boy oh boy has it been windy in Central Illinois the past few days! I have been pouring over soup recipes, hoping to find a few new things to try during the holidays when the grandchildren are here. In a couple weeks I will be doing a “Week of Soups” with new recipes every day but this one was so delicious, I couldn’t wait to share it. I had planned to follow a recipe but the mushrooms on sale begged to be added to the pot and before I knew it, I had “tweaked” and was happy with the results! At the end of the meal, we all decided it reminded us of pizza, hence its name! Note to cook: Best prepared while listening to, dare I tell this, C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S music?!?!?!?!?!?!? Six Pence None the Richer was a great beginning to the holiday season!

Pizza in a Pot

1 1/2 pounds breakfast sausage links (not maple-flavored) and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 TBS. olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
6 cloves fresh garlic, sliced
4 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
6 cups water
1 pound button mushrooms, whole or sliced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 package frozen cheese tortellini
dried parsley, basil, ground pepper, salt, and crushed red pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for garnish if desired

In pot, saute onion and garlic with sausage links with olive oil until meat has no pink. (The sausage I used had little grease in it so I had to add the oil as it fried. If the sausage is too greasy, don’t add the oil and drain it well before adding the rest of the ingredients. You might want to add the olive oil anyway for flavor, though.) Add tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, water, and seasonings. Simmer for 45 minutes. Add tortellini and cook for another 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. I think this would be a great crock pot recipe, too, if the meat were pre-cooked and the pasta wasn’t added until the end of the cooking time. It would also be good with green and red peppers and ground sausage or Italian links instead of the breakfast links. I served this with crusty Italian bread and a simple lettuce salad. Thumbs up all around the table and Clay was happy to be taking it in his lunch today!

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Comments

  1. Sunshine says

    I am a friend of Jeanette Cole’s – my husband and I lived in Illinois for a while and I remember how cold and snowy the winters were 🙂 (and how windy the fall and spring could be). I absolutely LOVE your blog. I homeschool my three girls so I am thankful for Jeanette passing your link on to me. I also just found your podcast on I Tunes. AWESOME. Thank you for the recipe – I cannot wait to try it – I bet it will be a HUGE hit with our girls. Sunshine

  2. says

    I love soups at this time of year but my dairy-free child makes it challenging sometimes. However, I did recently come up with a nice dairy-free potato soup recently! So great for a chilly day.

  3. says

    Sunshine, welcome! (Sunshine is always welcome!!!!!)

    any friend of Jeannette’s is a friend of mine! She is a sweety!!!!!

    I am looking forward to getting to know you better!

  4. says

    Grace, I saw that recipe you posted. Soup is just about the very best thing to warm you up on a cold day and the cream soups are favorites around here.

    Jeannette, you will love this recipe. The only thing I will do differently next time is go a little lighter on the red pepper flakes. My elderly mom had a hard time eating it but Clay loved it!

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