from Laura Hawkins
1 roll (about 12 oz.) of Jimmy Dean sausage
1 onion, diced
5 cups beef broth
1 cup water
1 (28 oz.) can of diced tomatoes
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/4 t. basil
1/4 t. oregano
1 (8 oz.) can of tomato sauce
1 T. parsley
2 chopped zucchini
1 (8-12 oz.) bag of tortellini (I use the frozen kind and just let it sit out for 20-30 minutes so it's not quite so frozen when I put it in.)
1. Brown the sausage with the onion. Then transfer to large stock pot.
2. Add the other ingredients (except zucchini and tortellini) and bring to a boil then turn down to low and simmer until the carrots are tender. (This usually takes about 30 min.)
3. Then add the zucchini and tortellini and simmer for another 20-30 minutes.