Arty Chirozo Soup with Tortellini

A filling soup that is a meal in itself. Medium Arty factor.

Arty Chirozo Soup with Tortellini – Serves 4-6
1 pound Chirozo sausage, casing removed
1 cup chopped onion
2 minced garlic cloves
5 cups beef broth/stock
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
4 large tomatoes peeled and chopped, or two cans crushed tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4oz tomato paste
1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini
8 ounces fresh tortellini or other pasta
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Brown the sausage pieces in a large iron or steel pot.

Remove sausages and drain, saving a tablespoon of dripping.

Saute onions and garlic in the dripping.

Stir in beef broth/stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce and sausage pieces.

Bring to a boil.

Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

Skim fat from soup.

Stir in zucchini and parsley. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add pasta in last 10 minutes.

Sprinkle servings with parmesan cheese.

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