This is one of our favorite chowders along with Clam Chowder.
Believe it or not, I actually created this wonderful concoction one night when we needed dinner and had minimal groceries in the house. (This is the new & improved version from the first time with added tortellini)
*This is not a low-fat food!*
(I'm sorry for the low quality cell phone picture, it's much more appetizing than it looks)
Broccoli Tortellini Chowder
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1/2 "tube" of ground sausage (If you want to use only sausage like we did the 2nd time, use a whole "tube")
1 celery stalk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
Desired amount of milk
Buitoni Cheese & Spinach stuffed Tortellini (or your choice)
About 4 cups of chopped (fresh is best) Broccoli
(Any other veggies of your preference can be added & it still turns out great!)
Seasonings to taste: Pepper, garlic salt, basil, dill
In a large stock pot on medium heat cook onion and beef until done. Do NOT DRAIN!
Add veggies. Cook for about 10 minutes. While the veggies are cooking, cook the sausage in a separate pan. Add to stock pot when done. WITH GREASE.
Add cream of celery & mushroom soups. Stir well.
Add milk until desired consistency. (you may have to add some later, unless you like your chowder really thick)
In a sacuepan boil the tortellini as directed on package. Do not over cook or they will turn mushy! Once they are done, drain immediately and add to stock pot. Gently stir.
Add seasonings, reduce heat to low-medium until heated through then enjoy!