Sunday, 1 November 2015

Slow Cooker Chorizo & Tortellini Soup

I saw this recipe posted on Noblepig.com and it looked fantastic, so I decided to try a slow cooker version. Tomatoes are a tough sell in our house, but if they are pureed, no problem. That gave the soup a nice thickness. You can swap fresh basil for dried if you don't have it on hand.

The three chorizo sausages I used were about 6 inch links, so you might need to use four of them if the kind you are using are smaller.

Serves 8

Ingredients

3 large chorizo sausages
Canola oil spray, for greasing pan
28oz can diced tomatoes, low sodium
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1/2 can (3oz) tomato paste
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp Italian seasoning mix
1/4 tsp dried chili flakes
Black pepper, to taste
4 cups no salt added chicken broth
1 red bell pepper, diced
500g (2 packages) cheese tortellini
227g (8oz) fresh baby spinach

Directions

Slice raw chorizo into bite sized medallions, with casing still on. Grease a large frying pan with canola oil spray and set to medium heat. Brown the chorizo pieces on the outside (they do not have to be fully cooked through), and set aside.

Pour canned tomatoes into slow cooker pot, and add onions, garlic, basil, tomato paste, sugar, and seasonings. Use an immersion blender to puree the contents of the slow cooker. Add chicken broth, diced red peppers, and browned chorizo pieces to the slow cooker. Cook on low for four hours.

Cook tortellini according to the package, while it is cooking, remove lid from slow cooker, and add baby spinach. Allow to wilt.

Drain the tortellini, and scoop into large bowls. Stir the soup, then ladle soup on top of tortellini to serve.

Nutrition

Calories 409
Fat 16.7g
Saturated fat 4.6g
Carbohydrates 45.8g
Fibre 3.4g
Sugars 8.0g
Protein 19.7g

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