Tasty Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup with Vegan Sausage

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Tasty Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup with Vegan Sausage

Soups are just my thing--I love them. So after about the hundredth time of eyeballing the dried tortellini at Trader Joe's, I finally decided it was time for a tortellini soup. Don't let all the ingredients scare you...it really is so simple and satisfying...I have to say a big thumb's up on this one!

  • Prep Time: 20-30 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) dried cheese tortellini
  • 1-2 links of vegan Italian sausage by Fieldcrest or any pork sausage to make this non-vegetarian
  • 1/2 cup(s) red onion, finely diced (about 1/2 of a medium onion)
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, pressed
  • 2 cup(s) vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 can(s) diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cup(s) prepared creamy tomato soup (using either a boxed soup or condensed soup that is prepared according to can instructions)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp(s) sugar
  • 1 pinch(s) dried red chili peppers
  • 1/2 tsp(s) black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp(s) kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp(s) italian seasoning
  • 2 handful(s) fresh baby spinach
  • grated fresh Parmesan as a garnish (optional)

Tips and Suggestions

This recipe is very good using Trader Joes's Creamy Tomato Boxed Soup . Most grocery stores carry a good quality pre-packaged tomato soup in either preference.

Instructions

If preparing this dish using pork sausage instead of veggie sausage, crumble sausage in a medium-sized pot with a spatula over medium heat until completely browned. Remove from heat and add onion, turning down heat a bit and cooking for 5 minutes until tender. Add the garlic and cook another minute.

If using the vegetarian Italian sausage, cut the link(s) into quarters and roughly dice. Set aside. Add about 1 Tbsp. of olive oil to a medium-sized pot and heat over medium-low. Add onion and allow to saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute.

Transfer to a slow cooker. Add tomatoes, stock, prepared tomato soup and all the seasonings. Cook on low for 6 hours. Add tortellini and spinach in the last hour of cooking. Top with a little Parmesan cheese.

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