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day 60: cooking it up/mixing it up: yummy tortellini soup with basil, sausage, and spinach





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  • Project: day 60: cooking it up/mixing it up: yummy tortellini soup with basil, sausage, &  spinach
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
  • Would I do it again? most definitely! This soup is super easy, a big hit, and I could probably eat it twice a week! three-year old Morgan also had fun helping me in the kitchen with this one!
  • What I would do differently: I combined my mother in law’s recipe (thank you Barb, you know I love this one!), with the pinterest recipe, and a few other tweaks of our own, next time we might try kale! The pinterest recipe is below, and then our changes and additions from my mother in law are in red, our own changes in green. 🙂
  • Items used: Pinterest recipe from: http://www.fudgebananaswirl.com/sausage-spinach-and-tortellini-soup/


  • 1 lb turkey Italian sausage (I prefer hot, but sweet would be ok too) (we used chicken sausage, it was yummy!)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 40 oz low sodium chicken broth (we ended up using 64 oz)
  • 5 oz fresh spinach and 8-10 fresh basil leaves
  •  1 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped (we used 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, with juice instead)
  • 9 oz store-bought cheese tortellini
  • 2 tb unsalted butter (optional) (we put the butter in the end for a richer flavor and also sautéed the garlic in butter in the beginning!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese sprinkled on top when serving


  1. In a large dutch oven (or stock pot), brown sausage over medium heat until fully cooked (approximately 10-12 minutes.)  Remove sausage, let cool and slice in to bite-size pieces, set aside.
  2. Add minced garlic to pot and saute for 3 minutes.  Add wine and broth, scraping brown bits from bottom of the dutch oven. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes. Add tortellini and boil for another 5 minutes.  Add spinach, tomatoes and sausage.  Cook for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
  3. At this point, you can whisk in 2tb of butter, which adds a little extra richness to the soup.  If you are watching fat or calories, the soup is still delicious without adding butter.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 19: cooking it up: fall/winter Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup, SO good!





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  • Project: day 19: cooking it up: fall/winter Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup, SO good!
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
  • Would I do it again? most definitely, this soup will become one of our fall/winter staples, it was that good!
  • What I would do differently: we added avocado along with the sour cream and lime juice to top it off, why not, avocado is just so good!
  • Items used: (our changes made in blue)
  • Chicken, Black Bean and Cilantro Soup

    (Makes 6-8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.) (we double this since we took half of it to our friends who just had a baby, hope you liked it Lindsey!)

    1 small onion, diced small
    1 cup celery, diced small (use celery leaves too if available)
    2 tsp. olive oil
    1 T ground cumin
    1 T chile powder
    1 tsp. celery seed
    1 tsp. garlic powder or garlic puree (we used the powder)
    4 cups homemade chicken stock (or 2 cans chicken broth)
    1 can vegetable broth
    1 can petite diced tomatoes
    1 cup salsa (I used Pace Picante Sauce) (we used Costco’s Kirkland Organic)
    6-8 drops Green Tabasco Sauce or your favorite hot sauce (taste to see if you want this) (our favorite hot sauce is Cholula)
    1 or 2 cans black beans (not drained unless you choose to rinse the beans to reduce the amount of sodium) (we drained and rinsed the beans so we could control the salt level in the end, which we just added a pinch.)
    2 cups cooked chicken, cut in very small pieces (leftover rotisserie chicken is great for this) (since we double the recipe, we used a whole rotisserie, they save so much time!)
    1 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems (chop the stems very small), plus more for serving if desired
    3 T fresh lime juice
    cut limes, for serving (optional) (this part is crucial!)
    sour cream, for serving (optional)  (this part is crucial!)

    top with avocado!

    In a large heavy soup pot, saute onions and celery in olive oil 3-5 minutes, until soft but not browned. Add the ground cumin, chile powder, celery seed, and garlic and saute about 2 minutes more.

    Add the chicken stock, vegetable broth, tomatoes, and salsa, and simmer 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, taste for hotness and add green Tabasco if desired. Add black beans and chicken and simmer 15-20 minutes more. While the soup simmer, wash, dry and chop enough fresh cilantro to make 1 cup chopped cilantro. and squeeze enough limes to make 3 T juice.

    After 15-20 minutes, add the chopped cilantro and simmer 5 minutes, then add lime juice and cook 2-3 minutes more. Serve hot with fresh limes to squeeze into the soup, with sour cream and additional chopped cilantro to sprinkle on top if desired.

    To make a delicious vegetarian soup, use 3 cans vegetable broth and eliminate the chicken stock, and 3 cans black beans and eliminate the chicken.

until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂