A hearty soup with fresh winter greens is the perfect antidote
for the first wet and cold day of the fall. First, open a bottle of
Whitehall Lane Merlot, pour yourself a glass, sit down, read
this wonderful recipe and enjoy a great meal.
TORTELLINI, WINTER GREENS AND SAUSAGE SOUP
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 links Chicken Sausage, cooked and sliced
1 Small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 ½ TBSP fresh thyme, chopped (2 tsp dried thyme is ok if fresh is not available).
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
6 Cups chicken broth (packaged low-salt is fine)
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, or 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
4 Cups chopped Swiss chard or other winter green, separate white stems from greens, dice and reserve.
1 – 12 to 15 oz jar of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
9 – 10 oz Cheese Tortellini (ready made is ok)
1 Cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
Heat oil in large heavy pot. Add the sausage, onion, garlic, thyme, red pepper and diced chard stems, sauté until soft, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes and broth, bring to a boil. Stir in chard, reduce heat and simmer until chard is wilted, about 4 minutes. Add beans and stir. Add tortellini and simmer until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. That’s it!
Ladle soup into bowls and pass the cheese. Buon Appetito!
Enjoy this recipe with Whitehall Lane Merlot or
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
recipe by Chef Larry