Has the chill in the air gotten you thinking about soups? After running around all day shopping or playing outside in cold wind, this Tortellini, Spinach and Tomato Soup will warm you right up and fill that tummy of yours. It comes together really quickly and tastes incredible too.
A couple of years ago we lived in the St. Louis area for about 6 months for my husband's job. While there, we had the pleasure of meeting up with his cousin's family on numerous occasions. The get-togethers often revolved around playing in the snow and sledding, as they lived on a hilly golf course. After one of our afternoons of hard snow play, we came inside and had a steaming bowl of this soup with a crusty baguette on the side. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The simple flavors and wholesome goodness had me begging for more and asking for the recipe so I could make it again and again.
Start by melting the 1-2 tablespoons butter and sauteing the garlic a couple of minutes until it is fragrant.
1-2 Tbsp. butter
3 tsp. minced garlic
1 32 oz. carton Chicken Broth
6 oz fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
14 oz. can diced tomatoes (with juice)
3-4 oz. fresh spinach, washed, stemmed, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook halfway, about 5 minutes for frozen, less if using fresh. Be sure to stir this occasionally. Add tomatoes and juice, reduce heat to simmer and cook until pasta is tender. Coarsely chop the spinach and add to the soup, stirring to incorporate. Cook until wilted, one to two minutes. Serve with grated parmesan cheese and crusty bread.
Funny story about this soup... I told my bestie in AZ about it and she decided it would make a great dinner to impress a guy she was seeing at the time. Well, either I didn't give her the right measurements, or she didn't follow my directions ~ I'm not sure which. The soup turned into a gloppy mess of overpowering garlic and spinach. (Note: Make sure you chop the spinach) She apologized to her friend and told him she just didn't understand why it turned out so bad. After all, she had gotten the recipe from her best friend who is "normally a really good cook." Yep, she blamed me and threw me under the bus. That's all right...things didn't work out with him anyway. Sorry, Deb. Hopefully, it wasn't because of the soup. I'm glad we're still friends. I will say this... the measurements up above are correct. I double-checked for you, my sweet readers. If you follow the above recipe, you should have a delicious meal waiting for you. ;-)