I first had this soup in the pleasing home of a beloved friend six years ago. Her husband was dying of cancer; I was there ministering to them and they to me, for she was letting me do my laundry, while I helped to cook and clean. We also had a time of deep prayer, as we cried out for healing grace.
My friend showed me how to make this tortellini soup amidst cleaning and laundry; it nourished our bodies and souls then especially, because of the trauma. Here I have elaborated on this recipe, bringing yet more vitality, with the most important change being homemade bone broth. How it generates length of days!
Bone broth is a power food. Eight ounces of chicken stock has only one gram of protein, while bone broth has nine grams per cup! Further, it impacts our health in numerous ways. Dr. Axe in Food is Medicine, lists its benefits as: aiding digestion, overcoming food intolerances, boosting the immune system, improving joint pain, and reducing cellulite. 1
I encourage you to take advantage of leftover bones; freeze chicken carcasses, until you have three; then, make this super stock with the easy guidelines listed below.
This friend’s other-half died shortly after this. His funeral was a celebration of goodness and life; it was my favorite funeral ever, for God’s love was there. I, however, experienced a mingling of confusion admits the joy: why death?
I have since learned the answer to this. It is never our Father’s will that anyone die before fullness of age. The Bible teaches us precisely how to avoid all ruin; it warns us that we are destroyed by lack of knowledge. Its careful directions educate us on how to avoid destruction, with exacting instructions for receiving abundant life, as well.
Back then, my friends and I didn’t have enough wisdom to overcome death’s fierce attack. Today I can say that I have the knowledge to overcome anything, in Jesus Christ’s name; this is solely because of the truth I have learned from the word of God. Now I am strong and can stand in the face of all adversity, and I do just that!
My most prized wedding took place months after this favored funeral. The size of this celebration of matrimony was extremely small, just a handful of attenders, but God was present! The Spirit spoke to my heart in every fine detail of this ceremony: the vows spoken, the songs sung, the exquisite food, the fond fellowship were all an expression of vibrant blessing.
I experienced jubilee this day, for at the time, I thought there is redemption of the loss of my friend, with this wealthy wedding, which has followed the holy funeral. Nevertheless, this recovery was in mere seed-form then, as all truth starts.
Now there is fullness of this hope, for I know that we no longer have to be victims of destruction, as we have authority over the enemy of our souls. This I learned at Abundant Life Family Church; I invite you to listen to teachings at alfc.net.
Tortellini Sausage Soup Yields: 2 qt. Total prep time for soup, if bone broth is prepared ahead: 1 hr/ active prep time: 30 min/ cooking time: 30 min. Note: may substitute packaged chicken broth.
1 tbsp oil (Coconut or avocado oil is best; olive oil is carcinogenic when heated to high temperatures.)
1 med/large onion, chopped
1 lg carrot, cut diagonally in 1/4″ slices
1 stalk celery, sliced at a diagonal in small pieces
10-14 oz natural sausage, sliced diagonally (A spicy sausage is preferable.)
scant 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
scant 1/2 tsp dried crushed red pepper, or to taste
1 1/2 qt bone broth, recipe below (You may substitute 1-liter box of chicken broth plus 1-15 oz can.)
6 oz frozen spinach or kale (Organic frozen kale is available in health section at our local Fred Meyer-Kroger-store.)
1-15 oz can kidney beans, or beans of your choice (Organic beans are only slightly more expensive.)
1 c dried cheese or pesto-filled tortellini (Available at Trader Joe’s.)
1 tsp salt, or to taste (Himalayan, pink, or Real Salt is critical for optimum health; an inexpensive fine grind Himalayan salt is available at Costco.)
1 c grated or shaved Parmesan cheese
Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat; when a piece of onion sizzles in hot oil, add the rest and sweat, or cook until translucent (see photo).
- Add carrot, celery, and sausage; cook covered for a total of 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Blend in Chinese Five Spice and red pepper; cover and cook 2-3 more minutes, stirring once midway.
- Stir in broth (see recipe below), cover, and bring to a boil over med/high heat.
- Mix in spinach or kale, tortellini, and drained beans; cover and bring to a second boil.
- Lower heat to medium, uncover, and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until greens are limp and pasta is soft.
- Add salt; then, adjust seasonings to taste.
- Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.
Bone Broth Yields: about 3 qt. Total prep time: your choice of 13-25 hrs/ active prep time: 15min/ inactive prep time: 30 min/ cooking time: 12-24 hrs, longer cooking extracts more nutrients. (Note: may be made ahead and frozen in quart-size containers.)
1/2 c raw apple cider vinegar (Raw cider vinegar is most cost efficient at Trader Joe’s.)
3 leftover chicken carcasses, or 1 lg turkey carcass, broken in pieces (May freeze individual carcasses until ready to use.)
2 lg yellow onions, quartered
4 celery ribs with leaves, cleaned and chopped in 2″ pieces
4 lg carrots, cleaned, skin scraped off, and chopped in chunks
8 lg cloves of garlic
- Fill an oven-proof stock pot one-third full of water, stir in vinegar, place poultry carcasses in water-break the bones to fit compactly in pot. Add more water to cover carcasses and stir well. Let sit 30 minutes (the vinegar draws out the nutrients from the bone marrow).
- Spray vegetables, except garlic and onions, with a safe, inexpensive, effective vegetable spray made by combining 97% distilled white vinegar with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let sit for 3 minutes; then, rinse well. Scrape carrots and cut all vegetables; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- After 30 minutes, add vegetables to pot (be sure all is covered with water) and place it in oven. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.
- Turn temperature down to 300 degrees; cook for a total of 12 to 24 hours-longer periods produce more nutrition, though 12 hours is still quite good.
- Add more water periodically, if needed; don’t, however, add any water the last 12 hours of cooking-this will aid in reducing broth, for freezing compactly.
- Strain when done. Note: you may reduce to 2 qt liquid, for freezing compactly in quart-size containers, adding 1/2 qt of water to each, to restore to 1 1/2 qt of bone broth, for use in this tortellini soup recipe.