Walking the streets of North Beach, I was thrilled to see the variety of eatery, from the upscale fine dining ($40 entrees) to the authentic Italian Deli, with the most amazing meats and cheeses you have ever seen. I settled on a moderately priced small cafe serving soup and sandwich. Here I was treated to freshly baked bread for dipping and a tall glass of Italian sparkling water. With a king-sized love for soup, I opted for a bowl of the Sausage/Tortellini soup and a glass of cabernet. The evening concluded with a cup of espresso and an Italian pastry.
I would certainly recommend making North Beach one of your stops while in San Francisco. Now here's your North BEach inspires recipe. Enjoy!
Italian Sausage / Tortellini Soup
1.5 lbs. sweet Italian sausage (no casings)
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
5 cups of beef broth
1 can of crushed tomatoes (30oz.)
1 can tomato sauce
1 lg. zucchini, julienned (the King uses a cheese grater)
1/2 cup red wine
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/2 tablespoon oregano
10 oz. - 12 oz. cheese tortellini
- Brown sausage, onion, and garlic
- Add sausage mixture and all other ingredients (except the tortellini) to the slow cooker
- Cook on LOW for 3 hours
- Add tortellini and cook on LOW for an additional 30 minutes
SERVE with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
King's Wine Suggestion:
Clos LaChance - 2007 Ruby-Throated Cabernet Sauvignon