Sausage Tortellini Stew

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Ingredients

  • 18 browned chopped sausage links (about 3 cups)
  • 1 TB butter or margarine
  • 1 chopped large onion
  • 2 chopped ribs celery
  • 2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 finely sliced cloves garlic
  • 3 chopped ripe tomatoes
  • 2 peeled sliced carrots
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cut green beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 heaping cup peeled chopped eggplant
  • 2 cups fresh cheese tortellini (9-oz. package)
  • 1 halved sliced small zucchini
  • 2 cups snipped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 TB snipped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 TB snipped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh marjoram leaves
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Melt butter; add onion, celery, green pepper and garlic. Sauté covered until limp, then add tomatoes, green beans, carrots, sausage, water and broth. Let simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Then add eggplant, tortellini, zucchini and herbs.
  2. Simmer 15-20 minutes or more until tortellini is tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Makes 3 quarts.
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