Maybe you’ve heard about this little blizzard in New York City? If not, come out of the box you live in and listen up. There was a blizzard…a big one. The city basically closed down on Sunday and Monday and no one could really get in or out of the city. I was so glad, when I finally made it back, that I still had some of this in my freezer ready to heat up for dinner. This vegetable tortellini soup is the kind that warms you from the inside out. Not so bad to be snowed in with a bowl of this.
I used whole wheat cheese tortellini and added some extra veggies (duh) to the original recipe I got from my sister, Brea. Quick side note here: Brea’s idea of cooking dinner usually involves putting some turkey between two slices of bread, whipping up a side of baked lays, and finishing the gourmet meal with a pickle. BUT, this is one of the few things Brea will actually make, therefore you know it’s quick, easy, and worth the effort!
Nutritional Highlights: This soup is full of vegetables and is light and brothy. A few whole wheat cheese tortellini does add some carbs/fat but it makes this soup hearty and a complete meal that won’t leave you hungry. By getting the whole wheat variety and trying to keep your soup to tortellini ratio appropriate, it’s a completely healthy dinner.
- 1 onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tspn parsley
- 2 tspn oregano
- 1/4 tspn pepper
- 1 box frozen spinach or fresh spinach
- 4 cups chicken broth (or veg)
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- whole wheat tortellini
- Optional add ins: carrots, zucchini, green beans
Directions: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large soup pot. Add chopped onion and saute for about 5 minutes until onion is soft. Add minced garlic and seasonings and sautee another minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, and water and bring to a boil. Add the frozen or fresh spinanch and any other vegetables, add at this point. Bring to a boil and let simmer about 20 minutes. Taste and season with salt if necessary.
Before serving, bring back up to a boil and add the whole wheat tortellini and cook as long as tortellini instructs. Serve and enjoy!