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This is a really good Italian, main course soup. It comes together very quickly so you can enjoy it any night of the week. Very hearty and healthy, each huge 2 cup serving has 245 calories, 6 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


1 cup onions, chopped

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

1 (12 oz) package fully cooked Trader Joe's chicken and herb sausages, cut into small pieces (or your favorite), see shopping tips

1 (48 oz) container Swanson's reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (9-10 oz) package refrigerated cheese tortellini, see shopping tips

1 (6 oz) bag fresh baby spinach

¾ teaspoon dried basil

Black pepper, to taste

⅛-¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional topping


1. In a small microwave safe bowl, add onions. Cook in microwave for 2 minutes, to soften.

2. Coat a large, nonstick pan or pot with cooking spray. Add sausage pieces, cooked onions and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in all broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.

3. Stir in tortellini and return to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes until pasta is almost tender. Stir often. Reduce heat, mix in spinach, basil, black pepper and pepper flakes. Cook for 2 minutes until spinach is wilted and tortellini is tender.

4. Ladle into bowls. Top with a little Parmesan cheese, if desired. ThIs soup freezes great, too. Since the pasta absorbs some of the liquid, when reheating, you might need to add a little more chicken broth.

Makes 12 cups total, 6 main course serving. Each serving, 2 cups.

Shopping Tips
I love Trader Joe's chicken and herb sausages. They are fully cooked. So lean, they're all natural and gluten-free. Each has only 7 grams of fat. If you don't have a Trader joe's, use any lean chicken or turkey sausage. Make sure they are fully cooked.

I used Trader Joe's Cheese Tortellini. It's fresh pasta and found in the refrigerated section. Most supermarkets carry a few brands, such as Buitoni.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 cup serving
245 cal, 6g fat, 2g sat, fat, 61mg chol, 21g prot, 24g carbs, 3g fiber, 989mg sod,3g sugar

1. The nutrition facts were calculated on Spark
2. The Weight Watchers SmartPoints and Points Plus were calculated on

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