Tortellini Soup: Easy Soup Recipe with Pictures
Easy soup recipe - can be made in less than 30 minutes!
This chicken sausage tortellini soup recipe is so simple to make, yet is full of wonderful flavors. Kelsey Banfield, The Naptime Chef, created this soup recipe to be made in a short amount of time (while the kids are napping, perhaps), yet delicious enough to please everyone's palates.
This recipe definitely fulfills her motto, "fitting great food into family life."
Made in thirty minutes or less, this soup can be eaten immediately or it can made earlier in the day and warmed up for dinner. I think it is especially good the next day.
Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup Ingredients
- 2 T. olive oil
- 12 oz. chicken sausage, sliced (spinach & garlic or sun-dried tomato flavors are good in this soup)
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 c. chicken broth
- 2 t. Italian seasoning
- 9 oz. cheese tortellini
- 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 8 oz. baby spinach, roughly chopped
Instructions for this easy soup
- In a heavy pot, heat oil
- Add garlic, onion, and chicken sausage. Cook until the onion is wilted and sausage is cooked
- Add chicken broth and Italian seasoning
- Bring contents to a boil and then add tortellini
- Boil until tortellini is cooked
- Lower heat and stir in crushed tomatoes and simmer 10-15 minutes
- Add spinach and cook until it is wilted
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Parmesan cheese on tortellini soup
- Salt and pepper may be added according to taste.
- This tortellini soup is also excellent served with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.
- Serve soup with crusty bread or toasted bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with seasonings for a richer taste. Parmesan cheese bread would be another excellent choice.
Money-saving tips for leftover soup
Saving leftovers to eat for another meal not only saves time cooking again, but saves money by reducing the number of restaurant meals eaten.
- Save leftovers by vacuum sealing with a FoodSaver and either freezing or refrigerating the package. Plus, you will have a home cooked meal when you don't have time to cook.
- Double the recipe and vacuum seal with a FoodSaver and either freeze or refrigerate.
- Vacuum seal single-sized portions and freeze. In the morning, heat in a microwave and put in a thermos for a warm home cooked lunchtime meal at work or school.
Tip: If you have a vacuum sealer you can also use it to make homemade frozen cookie dough so you can have fresh cookies out of the oven all the time.
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Bologna, Italy - home of tortellini
Tortellini is said to have originated in Bologna, Italy.
History of tortellini
Tortellini is a filled pasta and is part of the ripiena family.
Ripiena pastas which are part of many soup recipes include: ravioli, tortelli, agnolotti, and cappelletti.
The first historical reference of this pasta variation is in the 15th century book, De Arte Coquinaria . This tortellini recipe contained not only herbs and spices but also pork, veal, and cheese.
Origin of the shape of tortellini:
Tortellini is from Bologna, Italy and the story goes that tortellini was created as a tribute to the goddess Venus . An innkeeper attempting to spy on the lovely Venus could only see her navel through a keyhole. The navel-sized pasta was created to capture this vision of the goddessVenus .