November 27, 2007

Tortellini Soup with Canellini and Kielbasa

This was so easy and fantastic for dinner with me nice fresh bread.

2 T olive oil
12 oz. fully cooked smoked kielbasa thinly sliced - I used Turkey Kielbasa
1 onion chopped
1 medium fennel bulb chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
1 1/2 T fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
10 cups chicken stock
4 cups baby spinach or kale (the recipe calls for kale, but we don't eat kale so we used spinach and it was wonderful!)
15 oz. can of canellini beans drained and rinsed
9 oz package of cheese ravioli

heat oil in stock pot and add the next 6 ingredients. saute until vegetables are tender and kielbasa is brown. Reduce heat and add broth. Bring to boil. add the beans and spinach and bring to a simmer. add the tortellini and ook for about 6-8 minutes until the tortellini is tender.

top with parmesan cheese in the bowls and serve.

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