Cheesy Spinach Lasagna Soup

Cheesy Spinach Lasagna Soup - Finding Joy in My Kitchen* 

1/2 lb. Italian turkey sausage

2 T minced onion

4 large garlic cloves, minced

1 can petite diced tomatoes {no salt added}

1 C tomato sauce

2 C fresh spinach

4 C chicken broth

2 tsp. basil

2 tsp. oregano

salt and pepper, to taste

1 C tortellini {whole wheat, preferred}

if desired, an additional 1/2 C pasta

1/8 C mozzarella cheese, diced into small cubes

Begin by browning the Italian sausage in a large stockpot.  

Add in the minced garlic and onion and cook until the Italian sausage is done.  

Drain any excess grease. 

Then, add in the tomatoes {undrained}, tomato sauce, and chicken broth.  

Add in the spices.  Bring the soup to a light boil and then reduce to a simmer.  

Simmer the soup for 30 minutes or longer... ours ended up simmering for ~1 hour.  

Then, add in the spinach and pasta.  

Allow these to cook for about 20 minutes while the pasta cooks slowly at a simmer.  

Remove from the heat and then add in the diced mozzarella cheese.  

Serve warm with a crusty bread and sprinkle the tops with Parmesan cheese, if desired.  

*Modified from Out of the Box and Into the Kitchen