Thursday, December 7, 2017

Quick Tortellini and Spinach Soup


Yum

A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern

In the aftermath of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, about day 3 I was ready to have something simple and with a little zip to it.  Don't get me wrong I love our turkey dinner and all the leftovers we have, but it tends to be a little bland after a while.

I wanted a dish that had some different flavor to it.  Since we eat Mexican, Asian, and Italian food so much I was missing the spices.  So out of that was born this "quick" soup.  And when I say quick I mean super quick!  It's done by the time you twirl around twice and snap your fingers!


A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern

Now this is a simple soup.  Great flavors but not complex.  Most items you have in your pantry and freezer.  I always keep ravioli and tortellini in my freezer for quick meals, so it's perfect that this soup uses tortellini to give it some hearty substance.  You could substitute ravioli as well and it will be perfect.  Another pantry item that is essential is diced tomatoes.  I always have those on hand.  They lend flavor an body to the soup.  I used a can of petite diced tomatoes, but use what you have on hand.


A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern

Throw in some garlic, onion, spices, and some fresh spinach. and wrap it up with some low sodium chicken broth and call it a day!  This soup is definitely on the go to list of quick and satisfying meals!  It reheats well the second day too, so save some for lunch.  Who can beat a fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes?  Especially one that is bursting with Italian flavors and is perfect during the cold weather with a piece of crusty bread and a side salad.

Enjoy!






Quick Tortellini and Spinach Soup

serves 4


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, including the juice 
1 (9 oz) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and black pepper
3 cups baby spinach, rough chop  


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. 

Add chicken broth, water, diced tomatoes, tortellini, basil, oregano, thyme, and a bay leaf.  Stir to combine.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5-6 minutes , until tortellini is cooked. Add spinach and cook another 2 minutes until wilted.   

Serve hot. 

A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern

A fresh and tasty bowl of hot soup in under 30 minutes.  One that is bursting with Italian flavors!  Slice of Southern




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