This is a hearty and spicy soup that goes with a crusty Italian bread and a side salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
6 + servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Brown sausage in pot; drain off fat. Add onions and saute until tender. Add carrots, celery, beef broth, red wine, tomatoes, ketchup, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim away the fat from the soup.

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  • Stir in the zucchini, tortellini, red bell pepper, and parsley. (If you use fresh tortellini, cook them according to package directions.) Simmer, covered, for about 25-30 minutes or till the tortellini are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese right before serving.

Nutrition Facts

450 calories; protein 18.2g 36% DV; carbohydrates 36.6g 12% DV; fat 25.3g 39% DV; cholesterol 54.5mg 18% DV; sodium 1663.5mg 67% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2011
This was very good. I would definitely cut back on the ketchup in the future as it was a little too "sweet" tasting for me. Oh and I will add more liquid as the pasta absorbed a lot. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2010
Made it just like the recipe says...guess I'm really not a fan of ketchup-based soup; too sweet & not a lot of depth of flavor. The totellini and cheese on top were the best parts. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 63
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2011
This was very good. I would definitely cut back on the ketchup in the future as it was a little too "sweet" tasting for me. Oh and I will add more liquid as the pasta absorbed a lot. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2006
This was the first and by far the finest recipe I have made off of this site. Whenever I've served it to my family or dinner guests it is always extremely well received. In fact my Grandfather literally cries if he finds out I made it and didn't invite him over. The base is so good and versatile I've tried it with all kinds of different vegetables stuff I had leftover in the fridge etc... and it's still marvelous. The only changes I make consistently now - I like the sweet Italian turkey sausage in it it's not so greasy I usually do a mix of half beef broth and half vegetable broth and I always cook my tortellini before adding it at the end. And for the people who can't seem to add the ketchup- try really hard to overcome your fear you're missing out on one of the keys that adds a certain "richness" to this recipe and (in my opinion) makes it so exceptional. Thank you Charlotte!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2003
This is one of our favourites. I did change a couple of things. I cook whole Italian sausages in the microwave; then slice them and brown them in a pan a bit. I do not add the zuchinni either. I also never add the pasta to the soup pot; it just absorbs all the broth. I add to the individual soup bowls. FRESHLY grated parmesan is amust. Thanks for a great meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2009
Great recipe great soup. Hubs and I both loved it. Super simple to make with most ingredients right at hand. I didn't measure precisely just kind of threw everything together but I did use more garlic and less ketchup. I used dried spinach tortellini cooking it separately and adding it at the last. I wasn't sure I would like the red pepper something I'm not familiar with in soup but I did find it a different taste twist I really enjoyed. As for hubs he enjoyed this soup so much he asked me to send him to work with it for his lunch--for the next two days! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
This soup is a winner. I made it for a church Soup Supper and everyone raved about it. The ketchup is the "secret ingredient" that gives it some real punch and flavor. Rich and delicious with lots of fresh veggies. My husband the soup conniseur loves it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2011
I'm a beginner cook. The times I do cook I have to have a recipe and I normally follow it exactly. Edits: 1 lb sweet and spicy italian sausage (there was no fat to spoon off) Spinach and cheese tortellini 3 cups beef broth 3 cups vegetable broth Cabernet sauvignon red wine my boyfriend who is a food critic said that the sweet and spicy overpowered the soup. Sweet Italian sausage would have been much better (could not find at store). Make sure the vegetables get well cooked. Apparently mine did not cook long enough! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2009
a family favorite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2011
This soup turned out amazing! I used mild Italian sausage with casings removed. Based on some other comments I modified slightly. I used 8 cups of beef broth and only 1/2 cup of ketchup. I also used a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes instead of the whole tomatoes. I did not add the wine. I cooked my tortellini separately and added some to each bowl before serving. Definitely will be making again. My family enjoyed it very much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2011
This is one of the best soups I have ever had... this is going in my recipe box for sure! I ommited the red pepper and I used a quart size jar of my garden tomatoes (drained).. yum yum!! Can't wait to make this again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2010
Made it just like the recipe says...guess I'm really not a fan of ketchup-based soup; too sweet & not a lot of depth of flavor. The totellini and cheese on top were the best parts. Read More
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