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Tortellini Sausage Vegetable Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 carrots, peeled and diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 large zucchini, large dice or 2 small zucchini
12 ounces Italian chicken sausage, large dice (pre-cooked)
28 ounces diced fire-roasted tomatoes, with juice
6 cups chicken stock
12 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
12 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt (if using no or very low sodium stock)
5 ounces fresh spinach
10 ounces tortellini
parmesan cheese


Heat oil over medium, add onions, carrots, and garlic, saute 5 minutes. Add zucchini, salute another 3 minutes. Add chicken sausage, diced tomatoes (with juice), chicken stock, and spice/herbs, bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add spinach and tortellini, and return to simmer for time indicated in totaling cooking instructions. Serve with parmesan cheese.

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