Holiday Tortellini Soup Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 ounces pancetta or bacon, finely diced
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (49-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
- 8 ounces fresh spinach, rinsed and chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pancetta. Cook until crisp. Add onion; cook 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
- 2. Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Add cooked tortellini to soup mixture. Stir in crushed tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook just until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
1 cup: 245 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1221mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.
Reviews for Holiday Tortellini Soup
"Everyone enjoyed it on a rainy cold evening with sandwich wraps."
"This is one of the best soup recipes I've ever made! This will become a regular for our dinners. The things I did differently was use broccoli instead of spinach and I topped it with an italian cheese blend of Mozzarella, Parmesean, Asiago, and Romano instead of just Parmesean. It was delicious!"
"Made this soup today and truly loved it."
"Easily the best soup I have every had. We make this ALL the time. I like to add a bit more tortellini though."
"This is the soup that launched me into the world of soup making and I can't believe that I never wrote a review of it!! I've been making it steadily for about 1 year and the family absolutely loves Tortellini soup night when it comes along about once a month. Excellent flavors and a nice comfort food broth. I can't say enough about this amazing soup. If you buy fresh tortellini like I do -- DO NOT cook it ahead. Throw it in at the end of the cooking process and after just a minute or two, it's all ready to devour. I can't tell you if it's better the next day because it never lasts that long."
"This soup is very simple to make but my family agrees it tastes like something from an Italian restaurant. It is very flavorful! I do reduce the spinach by about half though and I have made it with trying either crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce . Very yummy."
"This tortellini soup is much better than topping cooked tortellini with the traditional spaghetti sauce. I used only 4 cups of chicken broth and used crushed tomatoes instead. You can also use butter instead of olive oil. I also used a 14 oz. package of tortellini which I thought was just the right amount. I left out the spinach as well. It may seem like a rather boring soup with no "substance" except the tortellini, but it was perfect. The chicken and tomatoes flavors blend to make a perfect wintertime comfort food. It it is also amazingly easy and quick!"
"Very unique and delicious"
"This soup was delicious and very flavorful. I didn't use pancetta because I couldn't find it and I thought I had bacon at home and did not. So it was great meatless but I would love to try it with pancetta next time. I will definitely make it again."
"Very yummy soup! I skipped the step of boiling the tortellini separate, and instead added it to the soup a few pieces at a time when the instructions are to bring it to a boil. This worked out fine, and there was one less pot to clean at the end of the day. I omitted the olive oil because the bacon grease was enough to cook the onions - no reason adding extra oil to something that already has bacon grease, right? We'll make this again and again. A simple and great winter recipe!!"
"This is one of my favorite winter day recipes. It is flavorful and so easy to make!"
"This was good and my kids loved it. I will add a ton more bacon and a pig package of tortellini next time."
"I love this recipe!"
"This was very good. I used diced canned tomatoes and more tortellini than called for."
"I added about half as much spinach to make the soup more appealing to my kids. They loved it!"
"i absolutely adore this recipe. it's fast and it makes us want to eat the whole pot. wonderful flavors! we used a mixture of regular and spinach tortellini with three cheeses. this recipe is awesome!"
"Very much like a hearty tomato soup with tortellini, spinach, and bacon flavors. I used wheat cheese tortellini and bacon."
"Forgot to buy bacon so I had to skip one ingredient, but the soup was still fantastic! I'm most definitely making this again!"
"I made this soup a day in advance and added the tortellini when I heated it up to serve. I think all soups benefit from having the base made a day in advance and adding the noodles before serving so they don't get too soft. I also "tweaked" the recipe by adding about 1-1/2 cups shredded chicken from a roast I had made, and instead of fresh spinach, I defrosted a 10 oz. package of leaf spinach, squeezed dry, which worked well. This is a definite winner for a cold winter's night. Add some bruschetta and you have a complete meal."
"VERY GOOD!!!! I used diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and frozen spinach- still very good! My kids ate it all even the spinach."
"It was a good, quick dinner after a day of shopping. I followed the recipe up through adding the tomatoes (but not the tortellini). Then we ladled off half for another day (which I will freeze), and put 4 ounces of tortellini and 4 ounces of rinsed, chopped spinach into the remaining soup base. It made enough for for two of us with a little left over for lunch. It's a keeper with lots of possibilities!"
"This is my families favorite soup now, even in the summer. I use peppered bacon instead of the pancetta. This gave it a smoked flavor and the pepper gave it a zing.msnider"
"I made this soup when I seen the recipe in my Taste of Home magazine. We always have tortellini on hand so I thought it would be a different way to enjoy it. My fiance and I were so impressed. Neither one of us had ever cooked with fresh spinach before and we were both pleasantly surprised. This is a great soup for those cold winter nights!"
"A very delicious soup and so very easy to prepare. I made this soup to have with our Christmas dinner and it was a big hit with everyone. I have printed the recipe out for 5 other people. By the way, any type of large pot you would normally use for soup is fine. Also I think using the ingredients listed is the best way to go. Too good to change a thing."
"A |Stock pot will work well,I am in the health care feid and recently made this recipe for a patient and her family, it was absolutely delicious. I also used the bottled bacon that you use for salads , it can be bought with 50% less fat and it really turned out good."
"I don't have one either. I just use my stock pot and have not had any problems. If were to go into the oven, I'm not sure it would work."
"Ok this looks good and fairly easy to make but I don't have a dutch oven could just a good stock pot work as well?"