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Sausage & Spinach Tortellini Soup- Ninja Foodi Recipe

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This recipe was at the request of Luis.  I’m not sure where or when he had Tortellini Soup in the past….but he requested that I make it for him.  I had no idea what he was looking for and was a bit skeptical when he said it has spinach in it.  I hate spinach.  Growing up, my parents would “make” canned spinach as a side dish and I just could not eat it.  Ever since then, I have been a “no spinach please” type of girl.  But, a happy husband makes for a happy life…so, I gave it another try.  I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe because I actually liked the spinach in it! The creamy goodness of this recipe reminded me of The Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi and Zuppa Toscana all in one. The creaminess of the Chicken Gnocchi mixed with the sausage from the Zuppa Toscana paired well in this recipe. Kaleigh was also skeptical because of “the green stuff” in the soup but she absolutely loved it because of the creamy, cheesy tortellini.  I ate three bowls when I made it…couldn’t get enough.

Tips for this recipe:

  1. Mix the cornstarch and water together in a mason jar….shake! No more lumps.  Seriously, get a mason jar and your life will be easier.  I use to use a cup and a fork to mix together and always had lumps. After switching to a mason jar…no more lumps!!
  2. If you love spinach, use fresh spinach. The fresh spinach will create a fresher taste. I used frozen due to my distaste towards spinach.
  3. Add more tortellini if you have kids.  Kaleigh wanted to eat all of the tortellini in one bowl to begin with.  When I make this recipe again, I’ll double up on the tortellini so she can have more “tortellini with the sauce.”
  4. Buy bulk sausage instead of cased sausage.

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How to make  Sausage & Spinach Tortellini Soup in the Ninja Foodi

  1. Turn your Ninja Foodi on the sauté function
  2. Add sausage
  3. Add garlic
  4. Cook until the sausage is browned evenly
  5. Add carrots and onion
  6. Cook until the onion is translucent- about 4 minutes
  7. Turn off Ninja Foodi
  8. Add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, beef stock and tortellini
  9. Put the pressure cooker lid on the Ninja Foodi
  10. Cook on High Pressure for 3 minutes (depending on the type of tortellini that you used, you will want to cook on high pressure for approximately half the suggested cook time on the package) Set the valve to seal.
  11. When the time is up, move seal to “vent” to quick release pressure
  12. Turn Ninja Foodi off and then back on to “sauté”
  13. Add in evaporated milk
  14. Add milk
  15. Sauté until boiling
  16. Mix cornstarch and water in mason jar…shake
  17. Add cornstarch and water mixture
  18. Stir
  19. Add the spinach and cook until thickened- about 3 minutes

You are ready to eat! I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we did.  It was really, really good!!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 Onion chopped- about 2 cups
  • 2 Carrots chopped- about 1 cup
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon pepper
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of beef broth
  • ¼ Cup cornstarch
  • ¼ Cup water
  • 1 10 oz. Package frozen spinach or 2.5 cups fresh
  • 12 oz. Frozen tortellini
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 3 12 Ounce cans evaporated milk
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Sausage & Spinach Tortellini Soup- Ninja Foodi Recipe

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 Pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 Onion chopped- about 2 cups
  • 2 Carrots chopped- about 1 cup
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon pepper
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of beef broth
  • ¼ Cup cornstarch
  • ¼ Cup water
  • 1 10 oz. Package frozen spinach or 2.5 cups fresh
  • 12 oz. Frozen tortellini
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 3 12 Ounce cans evaporated milk

Instructions

  • Turn your Ninja Foodi on the sauté function
  • Add sausage
  • Add garlic
  • Cook until the sausage is browned evenly
  • Add carrots and onion
  • Cook until the onion is translucent- about 4 minutes
  • Turn off Ninja Foodi
  • Add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, beef stock and tortellini
  • Put the pressure cooker lid on the Ninja Foodi
  • Cook on High Pressure for 3 minutes (depending on the type of tortellini that you used, you will want to cook on high pressure for approximately half the suggested cook time on the package) Set the valve to seal.
  • When the time is up, move seal to “vent” to quick release pressure
  • Turn Ninja Foodi off and then back on to “sauté”
  • Add in evaporated milk
  • Add milk
  • Sauté until boiling
  • Mix cornstarch and water in mason jar…shake
  • Add cornstarch and water mixture
  • Stir
  • Add the spinach and cook until thickened- about 3 minutes

Nutrition

Serving: 2g
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5 Comments

  1. I have made a similar soup with chicken broth and no cream or thickeners. Add garlic and pesto to give it a bit of zip. You can even add shredded leftover chicken to the mix.

    I will have to try your recipe! It looks like a good add to my recipe box.

    ES

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