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Sunday, February 28, 2010

RECIPE: Sausage Tortellini Soup (North Beach, San Francisco)

San Francisco's "Little Italy", North Beach is renowned for its street side cafes and authentic Italian Cuisine. Located between Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown, this area can be easily found by recognizing the utility poles painted with the Italian red, white, and green. This neighborhood does not have the luxury of having a tourist draw (like Fisherman's Wharf or Ghiardelli Square), the draw IS THE FOOD!

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

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