Recipe by Midge
"A tasty soup that is just right for chasing away those winter chills. Very easy to make and one of my most often requested recipes! Top with Parmesan cheese and serve with hot crusty French bread if desired."
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5 1/4 cups
1 (14.5 ounce) can
Italian-style stewed tomatoes
grated Parmesan cheese
1 (16 ounce) package
prepared cheese tortellini, thawed
spinach, rinsed and chopped
This really is a great base recipe for a tasty soup. I did however, read some of the comments on how bland it could be so I opted to sautee some diced onion (about 1/2 of a small one) and 2 cloves of garlic in olive oil before adding two boxes of vegetable broth and a chicken bouillion cube. I brought this to a slow boil and added the Italian style diced tomatoes and a couple of pinches each of dried oregano, thyme, parsley and a little red pepper flake for some heat. One this came back to a boil, I added about 6oz of fresh spinach to the broth (I didn't want to cook away the nutrients into water I'd be throwing out) and a few minutes later added some chicken and proscuitto tortellini. Just a little kosher salt and some fresh ground pepper, simmered it for about 10 minutes and then served it up with parmesean cheese and some parmesean toast. Absolutely wonderful! Thank you!
This recipe was only edible for me because I added many different seasonings and spices. It was still bland. Will not make this again.
This was delicious. Neither my boyfriend, brother or I eat tomatoes, so we pulverized it in a hand blender, then added it to the broth. I also added a little cornstarch for body, which worked out nicely. I added the grated parmesan to the soup while cooking, then covered with shredded parmesan while eating. Cannot wait to make this again!!!!!
This soup is VERY delicious and absolutely beautiful. I added a handful of chopped baby carrots when boiling the spinach and tortellini. It was very colorful! This is probably the most delicious soup I've ever had!!
This is such an easy recipe and keeps great. Some variations I have done...use chicken broth...use a can of diced tomatoes to stretch it-great for when you just need a serving or two more...use frozen chopped spinach to save time. Even people who don't like spinach love this one! A GREAT year round soup.
Excellent! I used low sodium fat-free broth and just added lots of spices: salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, cayenne pepper, basil, thyme, oregano, onion powder, and 1 clove garlic.
I loved this and so did my boyfriend, but since I didn't follow the original recipe and instead took up some of the ideas in the reviews, I gave it only 4 stars.
I started by heating a large oninon and fresh spinach in a bit of olive oil, then added the garlic and sauted for 2 more minutes. I then added a can of crushed tomatos (my boyfriend also doesn't care for tomato chunks) and the vegetable broth, as well as some dried basil, freshly ground pepper and freshly grated parmesan. I used a half bag each of frozen meat and cheese tortellini, but cooked them separately, so I could get a better idea of how much pasta I wanted in the soup (I ended up using all of what I had cooked). Right before serving, I grated additional parmesan into each bowl. Prepared this way, the dish wasn't bland at all, quick and easy to make, and except for the spinach, I had all ingredients already on hand. Will definitely make again.
A good start, but needs work in my view. Also, inexperienced cooks may find the recipe too vague -for example, garlic is mentioned in the ingredients list but doesn't say what to do with it. I used homemade beef broth from meaty bones, tomatoes I had put up from my garden, and a good glug of red wine. I sauteed two chopped leeks and some minced garlic in olive oil until tender and added it to the soup along with some Tuscan seasoning. Hubs unfortunately does not like cheese tortellini so I used a frozen mini meat ravioli instead. I used far less spinach, maybe 2 ozs. Finally, to make the soup a little heartier, I added a can of cannellini beans. Now we're talking! With a little embellishment this was a wonderful, fulll-flavored soup.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 103
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