Monday, December 28, 2009

Tortellini Soup

Phew, I’m back. Did you miss me? I know, I know, it’s only been about a week since my last post, but I feel like I’ve been around the world and back since then. Ok, it was really only to Florida, Kentucky, and Ohio, but that covers a lot of ground and a lot of family! I decided to unplug (technologically speaking) and leave my laptop at home. This allowed me a whole week of rest from the kitchen and the opportunity to enjoy someone else’s cooking. Now it’s back to reality.

I don’t know about you, but when I get back from a trip, I tend to feel like I need a vacation. You know the feeling, you had a great time away, but when get back you are so darn tired. That’s how I was feeling this morning – tired and lazy and wanting something warm and comforting for lunch. Since I, ahem, might have indulged a bit over the past week (who likes Russian food? I do, I do!), I was looking for something on the lighter side too. 

Enter this soup: plump tortellini and fresh spinach in a tomato-y broth. It’s quick and simple to make, and it packs a lot of flavor in every bite. This is just the thing to get you back into shape, mentally and physically, after a long week – whether you were stuck in the office or visiting as many relatives as possible.

Tortellini Soup

1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, minced (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 quart (4 cups) low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
14.5 oz can whole tomatoes
Freshly ground black pepper
9-10 oz package tortellini, fresh or frozen *
3 cups chopped fresh spinach, loosely packed
Parmesan cheese

* I have made this soup with cheese and pesto-filled tortellini. Both worked well. I’ve never tried the soup with a meat-filled tortellini, but I’m sure it would work well. If you try it that way, please leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion. Cook until onion is softened and garlic has turned light gold, about 5 minutes.

Add oregano, broth, tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. (You can break up the tomatoes with your fingers as you add them to the pot, or break them up with a spoon once you’ve added them to the soup.)

Bring soup to a boil and add tortellini. Cook according to time listed on package.

One minute before tortellini are done, add spinach. Stir to combine.

When tortellini are cooked, remove the pot from heat immediately so your tortellini do not overcook. Add additional salt and pepper if necessary. Serve soup immediately, topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4.


  1. this looks so yummy. can't wait to try.

  2. I made this last night. My 13 year old daughter and I both thought that it smelled so good that we would die before we could eat it! I love that it is an easy enough recipe for her to help out in the kitchen. I'm going to add this to her repertoire in the kitchen. That way, when I get home from work, I won't have to wait so long to eat it. And when she leaves home, I'll know that she won't starve! :) I added lots of red pepper flakes when we sat down to eat, we like spicy. Also sprinkled some fresh ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese served with garlic bread. It was a very easy meal, but still felt like heaven at the end of a long day.

  3. Rachelle - I'm so glad you enjoyed the soup. I love that you made it with your daughter. Cooking with my mom really gave me the confidence to cook when I was out on my own.

  4. I made this for our faculty luncheon and everyone loved it. I sent out the link to the faculty as well. Thanks for a hit!

  5. Kacey - I'm glad everyone loved it! I appreciate you sending the link to your coworkers :)

  6. I tried your Tortellini soup and it is absolutely wonderful. It quickly has become a regular at our house. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Gitte - You're welcome! I'm so glad you like it so much!

  8. I found your blog after I tried this recipe on Tasty Kitchen! It's been fun to browse your other recipes. My husband and I LOVED this soup! We used Italian sausage tortellini. I'll definitely make it again!

  9. I made a low sodium version of this and featured it on my blog! Thanks for the inspiration, can't wait to try more of your recipes :)

  10. Bet - I'm glad you liked it! Using Italian sausage tortellini sounds delicious.

  11. Jody - You're welcome. I'm glad you were able to adapt the recipe to fit your diet!

  12. Hi there, just wanted to let you know that my boyfriend and I made this last week and we LOVED it! So easy and really delicious - thanks for the recipe! :)

  13. Sara - I'm so glad you guys liked it! Thanks so much for letting me know.

  14. This is one of great tutorial I have ever seen.A lovely recipe with lovely making details.
    Tortellini recipes



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