Here’s what you’ll need:
3 links Italian sausage (I use mild)
4 cloves pressed garlic
1 onion, diced
½ c. water
2 cans chicken broth…or that big carton of broth…I usually use the whole thing.
½ c. apple cider (don’t leave this out!)
1 16-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 c. sliced carrots
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried oregano
2 medium zucchini, grated (use your cheese grater or food processor!)
15 oz. package cheese tortellini
½ Tbsp. dried parsley
In a large pot, cook sausage
Chop onions and garlic and add to the sausage.
Continue cooking until onions are translucent and your sausage is cooked.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, juice, water, chicken broth, carrots, oregano, and basil.
Cover and simmer for ½ hour.
Add parsley and zucchini and simmer for another 15 minutes or so.
Add the tortellini and cook until tender, and then serve with bread and freshly-grated Parmesan and some Italian bread.