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Sausage & Tortellini Soup

It’s that time of the year… turkey, ham, cake, pie and trying to figure out what to get the wife for Christmas. I think this year’s presents will be a home run. I mean after last year’s fiasco which included gifts such as a book she already read, a hair dryer and Toe Tunes I can only go up from there. If you can keep a secret I will let you all in on what she is getting this year. Are you sitting down? Great it’s a… you know after thinking about it I’m going to take it back and start over. I’m fairly sure she already has a snow shovel and a Bacon Bath Kit.

This recipe for sausage and tortellini soup is so much easier than trying to figure out what to get your significant other for the holidays. I used dry tortellini for this soup but you can (and should) use frozen or fresh if you have the time. I don’t because I’m too busy returning gifts that I thought at the time were a good idea such as the Chatty Patty and the Potty Putter for Landon.

Sausage & Tortellini Soup


  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 celery rib diced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 tsp crushed red chilis
  • 8 oz tortellini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • S&P to taste


  1. In a Dutch oven brown sausage. Remove sausage once browned and drain.

  2. Heat Dutch oven to medium and add olive oil. Once oil is heated add carrots, onions and celery for 5 minutes

  3. Add garlic and crushed red chilis and cook for another minute

  4. Add Italian seasoning, chicken broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and sausage and bring to a boil

  5. Reduce and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on

  6. Add tortellini and cook for another 10 minutes. Once tortellini is cooked turn off the heat and add spinach and mix.

  7. Sprinkle with Parmesan 

This is a hearty soup that will please any of the pickiest eaters. As for me…I’m off to the store to try to figure out this gift issue I have. Thanks for stopping by Life44…Live, laugh, love & learn.

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Spaghetti and Meatball Bake

Growing up as a kid spaghetti and meatballs was served about once a week. Along with meatloaf, oh my mother’s meatloaf. Half ground beef, half bread crumbs. Anyways my mother’s spaghetti and meatballs tasted like mushy pasta with ketchup sauce along with partially frozen meatball like substances. It really wasn’t that much different than the schools’ spaghetti. Most of us kids had some form of a surprise sickness on spaghetti day.

Spaghetti and meatballs do not have to be a mushy ketchup tasting mess like my school years. In fact, spaghetti and meatballs can be an easy enjoyable meal with just a few simple changes from those 70’s recipes.

To up the taste, we make our own sauce and meatballs with a ground beef and ground pork mixture. We also will not fully cook the pasta allowing it to finish in the sauce absorbing that wonderful homemade taste.

The sauce is from the must have Italian cook book “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” by Marcella Hazan. If there is any cookbook that covers Italian cooking this is the book. I use her basic tomato sauce using an onion and butter and add a little bit of the flavors I enjoy.

This is a great recipe that combines great sauce and pasta baked with some handmade meatballs and covered in cheese. Enjoy, the teenagers did and then some. This may be our new number one comfort food.

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Spaghetti Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 People


  • 1 can 29oz tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion cut in half
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tsp red chilis
  • salt to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic minced


  1. Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer and maintain the simmer for 30 minutes


Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 People


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmasean cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red chilis
  • nutmeg pinch
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. In a skillet heated to medium add the olive oil

  2. Mix the remains ingredients together by hand

  3. Roll the meat mixture into one inch balls

  4. Place the meatballs in the heated skillet and brown on each side. Cook in batches