Log Cabin Family Restaurant Italian Sausage Soup
1 1/4 lbs. ground Italian sausage, broken into pieces
1/2 C. diced onions
5 C. water
1 1/4 lbs. (about) prepared pizza sauce
3/4 lb. (about) canned diced tomatoes in juice
3/4 t. Italian seasoning
1/2 t. granulated garlic
3/4 lb. sliced button mushrooms
1 1/4 lbs. cheese-filled tortellini, cooked (see note on right)
Tomato juice or water to thin (optional)
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 to 1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
In large soup pot, brown sausage with onions. When sausage is cooked through, drain off all excess oil. Add water, pizza sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic, mushrooms and tortellini. Simmer over medium heat about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If soup is too thick, add tomato juice or water to thin.
Just before serving, place mozzarella cheese in bottom of bowl. Pour hot soup over top and garnish top with Parmesan. Makes about 1 gallon.