4 1/2 c. cooked/drained Italian sausage (mild for my kiddos)4 1/2 c. refrigerated tortellini pasta (we love the ones they sell at Costco)
2 can evaporated milk (or equivelant half and half cream in the dairy section)
2 cans chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes with liquid
1 1/2 tbsp. oregano
1 1/2 tbsp. parsley
1 1/2 tbsp. chives
1 chopped green onion (optional)
1 c. chopped white mushrooms (optional)
a handful of rinsed baby spinach (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Bring all ingredients EXCEPT the pasta to a boil and simmer about 15 minutes.
If eating tonight:
Add tortellini and boil till noodles are soft. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.
Cook pasta till al dente (chewy) then cool and bag.
Thaw overnight before cooking day. Pour contents of bag into a pot and boil till noodles are soft.