Turkey Sausage & Tortellini Soup

Katie was over this weekend and she helped me make a crock of soup for going over to some friends on Sunday at 4pm.

She found a Turkey Sausage & Tortellini soup recipe that sounded really good.

Here is how the recipe from the book goes.
6 oz, cooked smoked turkey sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 cups packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix)
1 cup loose-pack frozen cut green beans or Italian-style green beans
2 14.5 oz cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes
1 10.5 oz can condensed French Onion Soup
3 cups water
1 9oz package refrigerated cheese filled tortellini
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Put everything except tortellini and cheese into crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
Add Tortellini, cover and cook for 15 minutes on high.

Well, this is all good and such, but I had to feed a dozen people. Granted, this was a side dish, but they are big eaters.
Also, what am I going to do with the leftover ingredients?

Anyway, this is how I made it.

2 packages of cooked smoked turkey sausage, halved lengthwise and cut up into whatever sized pieces fell off the knife. Meat GOOD!
1 bag shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix)
1 little box frozen cut green beans
3 cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes
2 packages dried onion soup
1 large container of low-sodium Chicken Broth
1 14.something oz package refrigerated 4 cheese tortellini

2 packages dried tortellini

Instructions, rush to store that closes at 11pm at 10:40, grab things off shelf, find dried tortellini, then fresh, don’t put dried back because store is closing.
Decide to keep dried tortellini for a later date and put away in cardboard box that serves as pantry (Hey, I bet you wish YOUR pantry said AMD Athlon 64 & 1GB of RAM on the side!).

Put everything sans packaging into crockpot, and cover with water at around 2am. (Yeah, that includes the nice, fresh tortellini – promptly get told by girlfriend that the tortellini was NOT to go in with everything else)
Cook on low until 3:30 pm.
Verify that tortellini has turned to mush, and is basically a thickener at this point.
Arrive at friends 15 minutes late bearing 1 crockpot of soup, 1 small package of Parmesan cheese, and 2 packages of dried tortellini recovered from pantry.
Add tortellini. Wait 20 minutes, half an hour. Quietly get bowl, and server very large helping to myself. Get out of doorway as stampede runs to crockpot, then to kitchen for bowls, then back to crockpot. Do not take pictures as empty crockpot isn’t very photogenic.

Several people said it was really good. I currently have no reason to believe they lie to me with any great regularity.

I liked it, I guess that is all that matters, right?

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