Italian Sausage Soup

Ingredients:
1 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onions
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
5 cups beef stock
2 cups chopped tomatoes
8-oz can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup frozen green beans
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp dried oregano
8-10 oz. package cheese tortellini
salt and pepper to taste
freshly grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Directions:
1. Saute sausage in heavy Dutch oven over medium heat until cooked through (about 10 minutes), breaking it up as it browns with a wooden spoon.
2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a large bowl. Pour off all but 1 tbsp drippings from Dutch oven. Add onions and garlic to the 1 tbsp drippings and saute about 5 minutes.
3. Return sausage to pan. Add beef stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrots, pepper, green beans, basil, and oregano. Simmer 30-40 minutes until vegetables are tender.
4. Add tortellini and cook 8-10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Ladle hot soup into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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