September 30, 2012

Al Fresco Jalapeno Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

I wasn't planning to post today.  However a few things prompted me to do so.  One this soup, two a story I wanted to tell you, and three I want to share with you what wonderful friends you can make in the world of blogging.

I'll start out with this soup.  As a part of the Allrecipes Allstar Ambassador program on allrecipes.com, we were to make, photograph, and review recipes made with Al Fresco Sausages.  I posted about a one of them earlier this month when I created my own recipe, Shrimp and Andioulle Sausage Stir-Fry with Seafood Infused Jasmine Rice.  I bought some more Al Fresco products that I've had in my freezer but with my dental issues hadn't had opportunity to feel like chewing meat that much.  Come to today.  Today I turned 49 years old.  I have started the last year of my 40's today!  Thankfully Grumpy and I went out yesterday and did some shopping and he took me to Texas Roadhouse for dinner.   Thankful because last night Grumpy started with sniffles and they turned into a good cold for today and the way he was feeling, we would not have gone anywhere!  This brings us to the soup.  I decided to pull out the Al Fresco Jalapeno Chicken Sausages and use that to make this soup.  Oh my.  Delicious is the word.  I usually don't fawn all over soup, but this one was THAT good!  The heat from Jalapeno, the slight sweet from the white wine addition, chicken broth and fresh tomatoes...just plain yummy!  I'll share the recipe with you at the end of this post.

Secondly, I want to share with you that a few of my blogging buddies decided to throw me a virtual surprise party today!  It literally made me cry to think that people I've never met actually thought enough of me to do such a thing.  They touched my heart today and it will just make meeting them in person even more special when we get to do so.  The friends who threw a surprise party for me are linked up below.  Please check out what they did.  I was so proud that I even sent the link via text to Justin & Christopher and told them to go read them all.  LOL.

(links will take you to party thrower's blogs to view their treats they brought to the party)
Katrina (the instigator - I love using that word.  ha ha) She made my Pumpkin Bars
Megan made Vegetarian Minestrone
Jenny  made Garlic Noodles with a Kick (this is one of my FAVORITE recipes!)
Suzanne made Raspberry Coffee Cake
Pam made Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry

Thank you AGAIN so much for such a thoughtful gesture.  I will not forget it!

Thirdly, I wanted to share another story with you all.  If you read my Facebook page at all, you may have already read this little story, but it was such a funny and cute incident that I have to share it here too.  Last night would have been a perfect setting for "reality show with the Grumpys".  :)  This story involves the following cast of characters:  Grumpy, Honeybunch, and Rotten Little Rudy Rut-ton.
Pay attention to ME.  I'll fix it so you do!
Last night when we went to bed, Rotten Little Rudy Rut-ton hopped right in and headed over to my side as always. Grumpy "yelled" at him and told him to get over there with him. Rudy looked at him and when Grumpy sat up, Rudy jumped off the bed and sat on the floor by my side. Grumpy got up for a minute and left the room and on his way out said the little "turd" better not be back there when he returned. When he left, I looked over the side of the bed and saw Rudy. I whispered his name and patted the bed. He hopped right up and stuck his nose under the covers and proceeded to crawl under them and curled up next to me. Grumpy came back in and said the little "turd" better not be next to me. He couldn't see him, but I couldn't help but giggle, so he KNEW. He told him to get out of there you little "sh*t".  I told Grumpy to leave my baby alone and stop being so jealous. He said "I'm not jealous, I'm mad at him because he doesn't like me." I still think he is mad because Rudy loves me more than Grumpy....and in the beginning, I didn't want cats!  Needless to say, after Grumpy settled in, Rudy came back in and cuddled up to me for the rest of the night. I love my little furry baby! :)

Now that I'm done yaking at the mouth (does getting long winded come with age?  I wonder....)  I'll share with you my version of the soup recipe.  I hope you will make it - because I think this is the best homemade soup I have ever made!




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Al Fresco Jalapeno Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup
Spicy sausage with a chicken broth base, a taste of wine, tomatoes, spinach, and cheese tortellini - delicious mixture!

Ingredients
  • 1 (16 ounce) package al fresco® All Natural Jalapeno Chicken Sausage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I use Coyote Moon Vineyard's Brianna)
  • 3 (14 ounce) cans low fat, low sodium chicken broth
  • 18 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini (I used Buitoni)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh red tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups (packed) baby spinach leaves
Instructions
Heat Dutch oven with 1/2 tsp of oil to coat and saute chicken sausage until browned and internal heat is 165 degrees. Remove from pan and slice into small pieces and set aside.

While your sausage is cooking, mince your garlic cloves.
Heat remaining oil in pan, add garlic and saute for 30 seconds, stir in wine and broth and bring to a boil. Cook for about 2 minutes then add tortellini. Cook for another 5 minutes and then stir in spinach and tomato. Cook until the spinach wilts, 2 minutes.
Return sauteed sausage pieces to the soup, cook for an additional 5 minutes.

DetailsReady in:  30 minutes
Yield:  6 servings

Note:  Original recipes states this amount is 12 servings.  When this is your meal, it is more like 6 servings.  Maybe it would be 12 as an appetizer to a meal.


I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Grumpy's Honeybunch

2 comments:

Ruth Daniels said...

Have a very happy birthday! May the last year of the 40's be great! I, of course am looking forward to many a tasty dish and story!

Rania said...

There are some things on earth that you can't look at without eating... So I am heading straight forward to the kitchen...

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