Tuscan Tortellini Soup

Many people have shared how much they enjoyed the soup we had on Veterans Day. Since the recipe is so simple, I’ve shared it here, with my comments. Enjoy!

Ingredients to serve 6 people (It scales, if you wish to make more):

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (I sometimes use bacon fat instead)

1 medium yellow onion, chopped. (Shirl Cusick is the master chopper)

1 lb. cooked link sausage, like kielbasa, cut into 1/2 thick rounds. (I opted for uncooked, ground, mild Italian sausage, and I would use hot sausage for my own soup)

3 cloves of garlic, minced. (If your garlic is already minced, you’ll need about 5 teaspoons)

1 can (28oz) crushed or ground tomatoes

6 cups Chicken broth

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (I used cayenne pepper powder instead, and more than the recipe called for)

salt and pepper to taste

2 packages (9oz each) refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini

1 can (15 oz) white beans (Navy, or canellini), DRAINED

5 oz (about one handful) baby spinach

shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions: In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook until golden brown, (about 4 minutes if using cooked, longer if using uncooked) then add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Stir in crushed tomatoes, broth, and red pepper and season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and add tortellini. Reduce heat to low and simmer until tortellini is cooked and flavors start to meld, 18 to 20 minutes. (Here, I taste it to see if more salt or pepper is needed). Stir in white beans and spinach and cook until spinach has wilted, 2 minutes more. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese.

Oratorical Contest


I’m sure many of you remember earlier this decade when Post 29 was involved in the Legion’s High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. In fact, in 2010 our contestant  won the Department Contest and proudly represented us in the National Finals in Indianapolis. Well, we’re past due to send another winner to Indy!  So once again this year we’ll participate in “A Constitutional Speech Contest,” offering youth in grades 9 through 12, traditional or home schooled, a chance to grow in poise, speaking ability, leadership skills, and a shot at serious cash and scholarships. The initial contest will be held here at Post 29 on January 18 at 2 p.m. To learn all about the contest, visit  www.legion.org, go to the bottom left, “Programs,” and click on “Oratorical.”  Then, to learn more, and the specific dates, times and locations, please contact our Oratorical Committee Chair, Roy Lantz, at 770-906-6175, or roy@roylantz.com

Cobb Veterans Outreach Meetings

Good Morning,  We have 4 Veterans meetings this month.  You are welcome to come to any and all.

Freeman Poole Senior Center –  2nd Tuesday of each month.  Next is November 12 at 10:00 am

            Speaker is Bernard King, Public Programs Coordinator, Cobb County Emergency Management Agency

Marietta Wellness Center (Powder Springs St.) – 2nd Wednesday of each month.  Next is November 13 at 10:00am

            Speaker is Bernard King, Public Programs Coordinator, Cobb County Emergency Management Agency

East Cobb Senior Center is 3rd Wednesday of each month. Next is November 20 at 10:00am

            Speaker is Bernard King, Public Programs Coordinator, Cobb County Emergency Management Agency

West Cobb Senior Center is Thursday, November 21 at 10:00am.

            Speaker is American Legion Post 296 Ladies Auxiliary

Mike Nichols

Veteran Outreach Program Leader

RSVP Program Leader

Cobb County Senior Services

1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100

Marietta, GA 30064



SAL Monthly Meeting 11.26.2019

The SAL monthly meeting is the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm after the Queen of Hearts.  We will be meeting upstairs in the small hall. 

Your Commander and E-Board need your support as we plan,  implement activities and participate in legion activities.  We need your input into these things- so please try to participate and attend our meetings.

SQ Bingo – Monday 11.25.2019

Thanks for all who came out this week. Good attendance is all we need to keep this BINGO party going!

We are experimenting with Bar Bingo in the Social Quarters. We are trying to host this most Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00. This is not a traditional paid Bingo game with cash prizes, and it’s not open to the public. But for our members, we make it fun, and we do have prizes we think you’ll like. If members like this, we’ll expand it and make it a regular thing.