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We've officially hit that point in winter where I just want to curl up on the couch with a bowl of something hot and delicious, and binge-watch Netflix until spring. Please don't make me get up or go outside. I'm in full-blown hibernation mode now. Bring on the comfort food and reruns!
As far as I'm concerned, nothing beats a hot, creamy bowl of soup for winter hibernation food. This soup fit the bill so nicely: rich and creamy with a delicious tomato base, plus cheesy tortellini and sausage. Look, I even tossed some spinach in, to make my mother proud!
This hearty tomato goodness is so incredibly yummy, and perfect for a chilly winter night. I happen to think it is best enjoyed with reruns of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," a mug of hot chocolate, and the company of someone who finds Andy Samberg just as hilarious as you do. Bonus points if that someone won't make fun of you if you laugh too hard and spill soup on your pajama pants.
You'll start off by cooking some onion, garlic, and smoked sausage together. Then add Hunt's petite diced tomatoes (my favorite because they are so juicy and taste so fresh), tomato sauce, and a bit of water. Bring to a boil and stir in your tortellini, then add some fresh chopped spinach. A stir of cream and you're good to go.
This soup comes together so quickly and tastes just incredible. I love how thick and creamy it is. If you're concerned about calories, feel free to use half-and-half instead of the heavy cream to lighten it up a bit. But I say, hey, we're in the thick of winter. It's cream all the way from here until May.
Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
13 oz. smoked sausage, halved and sliced
2 14-oz. cans Hunt's Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 19-oz. package frozen cheese tortellini
3 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
Pour olive oil into a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and sausage, and saute until onion is translucent and sausage is browned. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and spices. Heat and stir until simmering, then add frozen tortellini. When tortellini is cooked through, stir in the spinach and cook just until wilted. Add cream and stir to heat through; do not boil. Remove from heat and serve.
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What's your perfect recipe for winter hibernation? Any favorite comfort food and TV pairings that help get you through the winter?