Skinny Sausage, Tortellini and Kale Tomato Soup

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Tomato soup is so homey. Adding chicken sausages, cheese tortellini and kale makes it an extraordinary main course soup! You’ll get a big pot of soup and any leftovers, not eaten in a few days, freeze great. Each bowl has 268 calories, 7 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients

1 cup onions, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup red bell peppers, chopped

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 (12 oz) package fully cooked Trader Joe’s chicken and herb sausages (or your favorite), cut into small pieces, see shopping tips

1 (32 oz) container reduced-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes (unseasoned)

1 (16 oz) jar of pizza or pasta sauce, I used Ragu pizza sauce or use your favorite

2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

¼-½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

1 (10 oz) package refrigerated cheese tortellini, see shopping tips

4 cup chopped or torn fresh kale, I used Trader Joe’s organic Tuscan kale, cut and washed

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional topping


Instructions

1. In a microwave safe bowl, add onions, carrots and red bell peppers. Cook in microwave for 3 minutes, to soften.

2. Heat olive oil in a large, nonstick pot. Add softened vegetables and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat for 1½ minutes. Add sausage pieces and continue to cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Stir in broth, crushed tomatoes and pizza or pasta sauce. Add Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Bring to a boil.

3. Stir in tortellini and kale. Turn heat to medium-low. Cover, and simmer for 8 minutes, until pasta is tender (al dente) but not overcooked. Stir often.

4. Ladle into bowls. Top each with a little Parmesan cheese, if desired.

5. Since the pasta absorbs some of the liquid, when reheating, you might need to add a little more chicken broth or water.

6. This soup freezes great, too.

Makes 8 main course servings. Each serving, 1½ cups.


Healthy Benefits
Cooked tomatoes contain lycopene. This carotenoid is found in tomatoes (and everything made from them) has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.

Kale provides an excellent source of both vitamins A and C, along with a decent amount of fiber. Kale also contains vitamin B6, as well as iron and calcium.


Shopping Tips
I love Trader Joe’s chicken and herb sausages. They are fully cooked. So lean, they’re all natural and gluten-free. Each has only 7 grams of fat. If you don’t have a Trader joe’s, use any lean chicken or turkey sausage. Make sure they are fully cooked.

I used Trader Joe’s Cheese Tortellini. It’s fresh pasta and found in the refrigerated section. Most supermarkets carry a few brands, such as Buitoni.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1½ cup serving
268 cal, 7g fat, 2g sat, fat, 46mg chol, 19g prot, 35g carbs, 6g fiber, 989mg sod, 6g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
198 calories, 2g sat. fat, 4g sugar, 15g protein