10 Warming Winter Meals


Tortellini Soup

Now, here's a soup that can hold its own. Don't let the soup in the name mislead you: Tortellini Soup is more of a main course than a starter entree. Crammed with chunks of sausage, fresh vegetables and pillows of pasta, this flavorful melange is a filling winner for the dinner table come winter. The combination of spices gives it a kick and can warm you from the inside out on the coldest of days.


  • 8 ounces tortellini (filled with cheese or meat)
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, sliced
  • Garlic, five cloves, minced
  • 3 Tbs. fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • Optional topping: fresh parmesan cheese


Sauté sausage, onions and garlic. Drain the grease and add to a large pot with beef broth and red wine. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, simmer 30 minutes. Garnish with grated fresh parmesan cheese.