Sausage is such a versatile and non-seasonal food that it simply can be made for every season. From Thanksgiving stuffing to 4th of July BBQ’s, sausage has a place at every holiday and ever party. One of my favorite recipes, handed down and tweaked is my Grandmother’s sausage and tortellini soup.
When I tell you that I tweaked the recipe, I mean that rather than cooking it in a soup pot on the stove I cooked it in my Instant Pot DUO Pressure cooker. Suddenly a recipe already known as the best sausage and tortellini soup in our family is now phenomenal and fast!
Remember, lavishly living food out loud means easy prep, simple ingredients and delivering big on taste. Bookmark this recipe for the best sausage and tortellini soup you will ever experience from your own kitchen. Plug in that Instant Pot pressure cooker, and let’s whip make warm soup for cool days.
Best Sausage and Tortellini Soup
When I cook, I think of all my readers, new and old and this recipe is dedicated to you. I might cook 30 recipes in a week, but I select only the best of the best to share with all of you! Let’s COOK! The recipe can be made in an Instant Pot or ANY electric pressure cooker, (let’s not be snobby about a brand, lol!)
Your ingredients do not have to match my brands, I just showed you what I used in case you wanted to see. As always, we all have our favorite brands, use them, they work too. That’s the beauty of the recipe, you can sub in whatever brand you want and it will STILL taste delicious! Let’s cook, shall we?
3 Tbsp Garlic Minced
6 Sweet or Hot Sausage links (your preference), chunked into nubs.
1 Yellow Onion, peeled and chopped.
Red Bell Pepper (Medium), rinsed, cored, chopped.
6 Tbsp Olive Oil
32 Oz Beef Broth
2 Packages of 16 oz Frozen Tortellini (boiled, drained and placed in bowls)
28 Oz of Tomato Sauce
5 Cups of Water
1 Pork Sausage Roll (refrigerated section like Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans)
1 C of Escarole chopped to garnish
Plug in Instant Pot.
Select Saute (normal)
Once it begins to saute, add in sausage link chunks.
(mine has been cooking and that is why the image is steaming!)
Then add in the sausage roll, making sure to break it up as you saute. This is the step to brown the meat and seal in the juices. I suggest making sure that the sausage is ALL cooked before moving on.
What I am suggesting is that you really make sure all the pieces are crumbled and browned. After that you can move on.
After meat is no longer pink and veggies are translucent CANCEL Saute mode. You are just lightly cooking the veggies, the Instant Pot will do the work when you cook the recipe as well.
Now, add sauce, water, and broth. Make sure to stir it all, so that it combines nicely. You want this mixed so that when it cooks all the soup evens out with flavor.
If you do not mix the ingredients will not come together.
Place Instant Pot lid on.
Make sure to close valve for no venting.
Program with SOUP button.
Once it is done, touch CANCEL and unplug, allow to cool or release steam ( I prefer to wait)
Dish out soup into pre-prepared bowls (containing tortellini that has been cooked)
Dress with escarole and shaved parmesan.
Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
You might be wondering why I am featuring the Instant Pot? Here are the reasons why I love my Instant Pot DUO Plus. Old recipes become new again and cook so much faster. Food tastes so good and cooks 70% faster than traditional methods.
The controls are one-touch easy. Set the Instant Pot and walk away. I love the stainless steel liner and it has no chemical coating so it is safe to use. Saute and cook in ONE pan makes dish duty so much easier? I’ll take that!
Food can be kept fresh and hot for hours without changing pots. Further, the Instant Pot can be used as a slow cooker too.
Honestly, I don’t know how I used to cook, I hardly use a pot or a pan anymore. Instead, I pull out the instant pot and food always tastes good. The thought of using an old-fashioned crockpot makes me laugh because I achieve better results faster in my Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker! Lavishly live cooking in an Instant Pot out loud, try my recipe and let me know how you do! ~Dana