Saturday, October 16, 2010

under the weather

A couple of days ago Travis started feeling a bit under the weather.  Stuffy nose, coughing, all the loveliness that go along with having a cold.  Yesterday he was at his worst.  And with no accumulated sick time yet, the poor guy had to go to work feeling miserable (after a terrible night's sleep...for the both of us).  He came home from work, I encouraged him (although it didn't take much encouragement) to take a nap while I made some soup for dinner.  Ellie knew Travis wasn't feeling up to par and snuggled in with him to do what she could to make him feel better. 

While Travis, hopefully, slept away some of his sickness, I made sausage tortellini soup for dinner.  A warm bowl of hearty goodness always seems to do the trick (along with lots of rest). 

Here's the soup recipe, if you're interested:

1 lb. sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
2 (10 oz.) cans French onion soup
2 cans stewed tomaotes
2 c. coleslaw mix or coarsely shredded cabbage
2 c. uncooked tortellini
1-2 c. water
1 tsp. crushed basil
Parmesan cheese for garnish

In a large pot, brown sausage - don't toss the drippings, they make for great flavor.  Add rest of ingredients.  Let simmer until tortellini is tender (about 15 minutes).  Ladle into bowls, top with cheese.  Enjoy! 

This recipe is really easy and has great flavor.  This time around I used Buitoni's chicken and prosciutto tortellini - and they were excellent.  (If you can find them in your refrigerated pasta section at your grocery store, I highly suggest trying them!)  

After falling asleep on the sofa a little while after dinner and getting a better night's rest, Travis is feeling much better this morning.  Thank goodness!  I woke up this morning to make our favorite chocolate & cheese Danishes (click for the recipe) for breakfast.  Yes, 2 Saturdays in a row - they are that good!  Plus, I wanted to use up my marscapone cheese before it went bad.  They turned out just as tasty as the last time I made them.  Seconds?  Yes, please. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Al.
    I'm not even sick and that soup makes me feel better anyway.
    Tell Travis I hope he feels better. He should try zicam. It helps me. At least I think it helps me. I wonder if it really helped or I wasn't getting a cold at all. 90% of the game is half mental (Yogi Berra).
    See you THREE in a few weeks!

    Love ya Honey