Italian tortellini soup

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 6:00 am

When my kiddo was a baby, he was always the first one to catch any passing cold or stomach bug, followed by me and then the hubby.

The end result of that little series of dominos is that the kiddo would be the first to bounce back and was raring to go, wanting to play, eat and play some more, just as the hubby and I were at our worst.

Things are just a little bit different now that my son’s older.

Last week my brother got sick, followed by the kiddo, me and lastly, the hubby. (My parents were smart. They left town.)

My son is 10, meaning he has magical healing powers we old folks no longer possess. By Sunday morning he and the dog were doing laps around the house while the hubby and I were snuggled up in blankets, asking the world to please be quiet because the slightest bit of noise made everything hurt, even our teeth.

“What’s for lunch?” my kiddo asked.

“Cereal,” I suggested. “Or make yourself some frozen pizza or ramen.”

“But I’m kind of in the mood for something you cook,” he replied.

I grabbed a notebook off the end table and jotted down a recipe.

“Here,” I said. “Be in the mood for something YOU cook, instead.”

And away he went. A half-hour later he was dishing up bowls of his favorite homemade knoephla soup.

This recipe is a bit more complicated, but you can never have too many soup recipes up your sleeve – especially as the weather gets chilly and cold and flu season sets in – and this is one of my favorites.

I love the smell of this simmering on the stovetop; and it freezes well in case you need to stash some aside for a sick day.

Notes: You can use either hamburger or sausage – I typically go with hamburger because I have a fennel phobia – but I highly recommend including the red wine, even if you’re not usually a fan. You’ll know what I mean as soon as the wine hits the pan with the meat, onion and garlic. It belongs there.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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