This hearty winter soup features cheese tortellini, white beans, and spinach in a rich broth.
I read the other reviews and made these additions to the original one . I browned 1# of hot Italian sausage to a doubled recipe. I added the whole 6oz can of tomato paste, the anchovy paste, minced garlic to taste(about 4-5 cloves) and a tbs of Italian seasoning blend . I omited the hot pepper flakes as the sausage added plenty of heat. I used 18 oz of fresh three cheese tortallini. The whole family gave it the thumbs up.
So, I did a a few subs on this. I think I made it more like Pasta Faxanadu! Instead of an anchovy filet (because, let's face it, yuck!) I used an Italian turkey sausage, and to avoid wasting most of a can of tomato paste (I had nothing else planned to use it in) I threw in a whole can instead of just a teaspoon. Vavoom! It was AWESOME! I made my own beans in the crockpot with some chopped red onion added in. AWESOME!!!
The flavor is simple yet satisfying, and the soup comes together very quickly. I didn't have any anchovies, so I substituted 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce (since the sauce is flavored with anchovies). I may up it to 2 tsp. next time since I rarely, if ever, have anchovies on hand.
Have not tried yet, but have a comment. Like others, when I buy tomato paste of anchovy filets, I use a bit, then have to toss the rest when it dries out or spoils. Try anchovy and tomato pastes that come in tubes.
This soup was really good! I made it for my friend while I was at her house. We ended up using black beans instead of white, added some cayenne pepper and garlic, and left out the anchovy - but we still ended up with a rich, hearty soup that was pretty easy to make. My friend said she would definitely eat it if I made it again... So I'm guessing she gives it 5 stars too.
placed 3 cloves minced garlic in oil & sauteed and then I used 3 tblsp of tomato paste- instead of 1 tsp I used a little over a tsp of anchovy past - not chopped anchovies I used small Bertolli dry tortellini I put red peper flakes in the soup - but it would have made a good garnish It was getting kind of thick so I added about another cup of chicken borth at the end