Lay a large area of wax paper out on your counter.
Cook sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a large pot over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved.
Fill a glass with cold water and drop a small amount of the mixture into the glass. It will clump together and readily form a ball in your fingers. This is how you tell if it is the correct temperature. If it does not clump, cook a little longer.
Remove from heat.
Add pecans to mixture and gently mix and fold until the the mixture cools and the pecans start looking cloudy. This could take up to ten minutes.
Pour and separate pecans onto the wax paper on your counter.
Wait until they are dry before placing into a container for storage. This will only take about ten more minutes.
In a soup pot, add oil and chopped onions and fry until clear
Add minced garlic and Italian seasoning and fry for another minute or so
Add chicken broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil
Spoon bite sized portions of raw sausage into broth and simmer until cooked through
Add tortellini and spinach and cook until pasta is al dente and spinach is wilted.
Serve hot with Parmesan cheese on top
I am taking a break from my Toaster Tuesday recipes for awhile as spring chores have been stealing my time and zapping my ideas! I hope you all appreciate this quick easy meal as a substitute! This meal takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and is a great solution to dinner during a busy week. I love to serve it with fresh hot dinner rolls or with garlic bread.