Servings: at least 10Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour
1 lb sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 lg onion, chopped
4 lg cloves garlic, chopped
5 C beef broth or beef stock
2 C diced, seasoned, peeled tomatoes, canned or fresh
1 C tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
1 C red wine (burgundy or other)
1/3 C water
1 C shredded carrots
1 pkg sliced mushrooms
1 pkg thawed and drained frozen spinach
1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh oregano
1 lb cheese tortellini
Place sausage in large pot over medium heat. Saute for 10 minutes or until well browned. Use a slotted spoon to remove sausage. Reserve 1 Tbsp fat in pan and brown garlic and onions. Return sausage to pot.
Add broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, basil, tomato sauce, oregano, spinach. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes, skimming any fat.
Add the tortellini and simmer 10 more minutes.
Serve with grated Parmesan.
Submitted by: pinkymac on January 17, 2011