Homemade Tomato, Basil, Tortellini, and Kielbasa Soup

WOW! It has been a month since I have posted on the blog! Whoops…

We’ve had a busy month! My husband was gone for two weeks plus a weekend, he had his 32nd birthday, his sister got married, we got a dehydrator so I’ve been making lots of snacks and drying herbs, school started, new baby, soccer, family time, family pictures, and I’m too tired to think of what else haha

With busy family life it’s important to have quick, easy, and healthy dinners or it doesn’t happen and we get a $5 hot and ready pizza instead. Last night I made tomato and basil soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. The kids downed the sandwiches, but didn’t love the soup; however, my husband and I loved the soup. With the leftover soup tonight I added tortellini and beef kielbasa. It was delicious, healthy (well, mostly), and very filling. I hope you love it too!

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TOMATO BASIL SOUP

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 7 cups fresh tomatoes, diced (canned works too)
  • 1 1/2 handfuls of fresh basil (I’m sure you could used a few tsp of dried basil- just experiment)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp pepper
  • OTHER (optional): Package of tortellini and kielbasa sausage, cheese

Dice tomatoes and set aside. Heat olive oil in stock pot then add onion and garlic. Sautee for 3-4 minutes until soft and onions are transparent. Add tomatoes and cook until they are broken down and soft, stirring frequently. Add basil, salt, and pepper. Mix in your blender until desired thickness (I blended quite a bit). Set aside OR eat as is.

If you want to add the tortellini and kielbasa- continue. Cook tortellini according to package directions then drain and leave in colander. Use the same sauce pan to cook the kielbasa. This should only take a couple of minutes because it comes precooked. You’re really just heating it up and getting some of the juice and oils surfaced. Add tortellini and cook with kielbasa for a minute or so. Add the tomato soup and heat through for 5-10 minutes on a low boil. Sprinkle with cheese (optional) ENJOY!

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