Tuesday, January 31, 2012

FEED YOUR FACE: Zucchini-Tortellini Harvest Soup

Kathi here. I had eaten an Italian soup recipe from a meal-prep company -- you know: the places where you go and assemble meals that you will store in your freezer to cook later?

It was good, but I thought it could be even better, so I invented this version. It makes a crockpot full of soup, and helps use up some of that end-of-the-season zucchini that those of us who grow it have around.

We slice and freeze zucchini, and then we can eat this even in the middle of winter (which we did today!).

It's a very forgiving recipe, so you can add or subtract a bunch of ingredients and it's going to be good, no matter which way you make it.

Oh! And I entered this recipe at Gooseberry Patch. It was selected it to appear in the Gooseberry Patch Fresh from the Farmstand cookbook, so they sent me a free copy of the book.

Zucchini-Tortellini Harvest Soup
  • 1 lb. Italian pork sausage links, browned and thinly sliced (I usually place these in a skillet with water and boil them until they are done, which helps cut down on the grease; then I cool them, slice them, and brown them along with the onion in the skillet)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 or 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups of tomatoes, diced (you can use a can of tomatoes if you don't have fresh)
  • 2- 14 oz. cans of vegetable broth (or you can use beef or chicken broth)
  • 14 oz. can/jar of pizza sauce
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 or 2 small zucchini, sliced or shredded (I like chunkier, so we slice)
  • 9-oz. package of refrigerated cheese tortellini (left uncooked)
  • Parmesan cheese, fresh or sprinkle, for flavor and garnish
Add everything to the crockpot except for the zucchini, tortellini, and cheese. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours. About an hour before you want to eat dinner, add the zucchini and tortellini, then let it cook one more hour. (Discard the bay leaf)

Ladle into soup bowls, and garnish/flavor with parmesan cheese.

So, load up your crockpot, get out your napkins, and get ready to FEED YOUR FACE!


  1. And here I am eating this awful hospital food...just kills me.

    1. I would be more than happy to sneak some in for you! I am glad to see you are at home, at least.

  2. poor Stephen. he needs some of this soup. as do i. sounds absolutely deelish.

    your friend,


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