Of course, you can alter many of the ingredients to suit your liking. For example, I use sweet Italian sausage, but you can use hot or the sausage of your choice. If you use your favourite sausage, it will make the world of difference. The spices you can change as well. If you are a garlic lover, add more. If you think the Italian seasoning is on the heavy side, back it off a bit.
I always serve my tortellini and sausage soup with Parmesan cheese and garnish it with parsley, but it is entirely up to you. I just think it adds that extra touch.
Add some oil to a pan over medium high heat. Place the sausage in and fry for about 5 minutes until heated through and browned. Set it aside on a plate.
Add the butter to a large pot and melt down.
Put the carrots in followed by the celery, onion, and garlic. Stir and cook for a few minutes until the carrots begin to tenderize.
Pour the chicken stock in.
Add in the white beans, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined and bring to a boil.
Put the sausage back in followed by the tomatoes, and tortellini. Stir, cover, and allow to simmer for 8 or 9 minutes until the tortellini is cooked.
Ladle into a bowl, spread some Parmesan over the top, and garnish with parsley.
Serve and enjoy your sausage and tortellini soup.
Serving Size 1 cup
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.