i used 1 lb jiimmy dean zesty hot italian sausage, 1 cup chopped white onion, FOUR cloves minced garlic, 6 beef bouillon cubes dissolved in 6 cups boiling water (will use 7 next time) 1 cup water, 3/4 c Merlot wine, 1.5 BIG cans diced italian seasoned tomatoes (perfect amt and you could not taste any diff between those and fresh) 1 1/4 cup of the pre sliced carrots you buy in a bag with the crinkle indentations in them, A FULL TBL fresh chopped basil, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, a few pinches of my mixed italian herb spice, 1 1/2 cups sliced "half moon" zucchini, (perfect amt) 8 oz fresh 3 cheese tortellini, and 3 TBL fresh parsley. Besides my few minor adjustments I followed the recipe EXACTLY and it literally could be served at Olive Garden. Fantastic, a lot like OG's Minestrone but with pasta and spicy sausage. Cant wait to make again. PS doooont put any salt in this soup if you use the bouillon cubes (I used lite sodium and without that it would have been too salty) and esp if you use the canned tomatoes :]
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i used 1 lb jiimmy dean zesty hot italian sausage, 1 cup chopped white onion, FOUR cloves...