I am a big fan of homemade soups. That makes me a Souper Mom. Get it? Okay, maybe you don’t think it’s funny but I think I’m hilarious. I am proficient in entertaining myself as a stand up comic. As I was saying, I love homemade soups. I love making them and because I store them in mason jars they last a long time. It’s souper easy (last one I promise) to pull one out of the fridge, heat it up, and my lunch or dinner is served. I sometimes make a huge pot of some deliciousness and share it in those same jars.
Believe it or not it does get cold here in Florida. Not like the cold in other parts of the world but for t hose of us born and raised here, 30 degrees is cold. We aren’t used to temperatures like that and thankfully they don’t last long. I live in North Florida. It has snowed here twice in my lifetime. Once in the late 70’s and once in 1989. Yes, it was weird. This week it got down in the 30’s and it’s supposed to do the same next week.
The soup I made this week is Sausage & Tortellini Florentine. This is a scrumptious soup but hardy enough for a full meal. Here’s how to make it:
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery sticks, diced
- 1 large, yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Smoked Sausage (you could substitute ground sausage or ground turkey)
- 8 oz.-10 oz. Tortellini (I used three cheese tortellini)
- 10 oz. Spinach, stems cut off
- 96 oz. Chicken Broth
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Basil
- 1/2 tsp Thyme
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Olive Oil
Start by sauteing the carrots, celery, and onion in olive oil over medium high heat.
Once the vegetables begin to soften, turn the heat down to medium and add the Oregano, Basil, Thyme and Garlic. Continue to cook until the onions become almost transparent.
Pour in all 96 ounces of the Chicken Broth and bring to a boil.
Once the broth is boiling, add the tortellini and cook according to the directions on the tortellini label. It’s usually about seven minutes.
Time for the Florentine! Make sure you remove the stems from the spinach then add all of it into the pot. It will wilt quickly!
Now, turn off the heat and put a lid on it and just let it sit for about thirty minutes so all those flavors come together.
After a little bit of time you have a delectable, hearty soup full of flavor!
The perfect cup of soup, you may even consider sprinkling Parmesan cheese on top! Dive in!