Sausage Tortellini Soup

  • Yield: 8 servings


12ounces cooked smoked chicken sausage
1large onion, cut into thin wedges
1teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
3cans (14 ounce) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1can (14 ounce) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
1cup water
2packages (9 ounce) refrigerated cheese tortellini or mushroom tortellini
1package (10 ounce) frozen baby lima beans
1/4cup slivered fresh basil
2tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Slice the sausage lengthwise into halves and cut each half crosswise into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray over medium heat until hot.
  3. Combine the sausage, onion and garlic in the hot Dutch oven and cook until the sausage is brown and the onion is tender; drain.
  4. Stir in the broth, tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the pasta and lima beans and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes longer or until the pasta and lima beans are tender.
  6. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with the basil. Top with the cheese and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Appetizers at Devon, A Collection of Recipes from the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, 2008)