The Shady Porch: Easy Cheese Tortellini Soup

3.14.2014

Easy Cheese Tortellini Soup

I love making soups. The possibilities for variety and change - even within a single recipe are wonderful. The hubby is a huge fan of Cheese Tortellini in chicken broth. He sprinkles a little garlic powder and grated Parmesan cheese over his bowl and he is a happy camper. It is probably the easiest soup I've made. Now, simple is great...especially when the flavors are bold and savory. However, Porch folk know that I rarely have the good sense to leave a good thing alone. I am always interested in finding that switch that might turn good to 'wow, what was that? GREAT!' This one-dish version of Cheese Tortellini Soup features some chopped onion, diced pepper, minced garlic, and the wonderful cheesy tortellini prepared in chicken broth. It is a great version. I hope you try this, especially so you can tailor it to suit your family's palate. Let me know how it goes?

Cheese Tortellini Soup...certainly on the comfort food list!
Cheese Tortellini Soup...certainly on the comfort food list!

Ingredients:
2 bags of frozen cheese tortellini
2 large boxes or cans of chicken broth (2 - 32 oz. boxes)
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 T. minced garlic 
2-3 T. olive oil
Parmesan cheese
1 T. dried parsley or 1 bunch fresh parsley (fresh parsley should be finely diced)
salt and pepper, as desired

Directions:
1. In a large soup pot, saute the onions and red bell pepper in olive oil until soft. Add minced garlic and parsley, cook for another minute or so.
   
saute the onions and red bell pepper in olive oil


2. Add the chicken broth to the soup pot with the sauteed vegetables and put a lid on it. Heat to boiling.

chicken broth to the soup pot with the sauteed vegetables

3. Once the vegetable-chicken broth mix starts boiling, carefully add the frozen tortellini. Heat as directed on the package. 

vegetable-chicken broth mix starts boiling, carefully add the frozen tortellini

4. Ladle into serving bowls. 
5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, as desired.  
Makes 4-6 servings.

Easy Cheese Tortellini Soup...comforting food.
Easy Cheese Tortellini Soup...comforting food.

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