Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage

finely chop the shallot

mince the garlic

cut the bell pepper in half, remove veins and seeds

cut into thin slices

heat oil and butter over medium

add bell pepper, cook for 5 minutes

add garlic and shallot, cook until fragrant

add Italian sausage and spices

break up in pieces, cook until brown, about 5 minutes

add chicken broth, bring to a boil

add tomato paste, and puréed tomatoes, cook for 15 minutes

add tortellini, cook for 3 minutes

add cream

stir in Parmesan

finish off with thyme, black pepper and red pepper flakes