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Holiday Tortellini Soup Recipe

Holiday Tortellini Soup Recipe

Hearty and full of flavor, this Italian-style soup freezes well if you want to make it ahead or have leftovers to save for another day.—Michelle Goggins, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"Everyone enjoyed it on a rainy cold evening with sandwich wraps."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"Made this soup today and truly loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Easily the best soup I have every had. We make this ALL the time. I like to add a bit more tortellini though."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"my husband is not a soup guy. but this which he calls pizza soup, he has requested it twice in the last two weeks and the first day I made it had three helpings. I added some mushroom and a little bit cauliflower chopped small to it, as well as some sundried tomato seasoning. its GREAT"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"Very unique and delicious"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I absolutely love this soup! It is easy to make and so delicious especially on a cold snowy day in Wyoming."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"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!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"This is one of my favorite winter day recipes. It is flavorful and so easy to make!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"This was good and my kids loved it. I will add a ton more bacon and a pig package of tortellini next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"I love this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"This was very good. I used diced canned tomatoes and more tortellini than called for."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"I added about half as much spinach to make the soup more appealing to my kids. They loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"I made this for dinner last night and my adult daughter who normally doesn't like soup absolutely loved it. My grandson also raved about it. It will certainly become a new favourite in my house."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"This soup was so easy to make and the whole family just devoured it. Not always the case when kids are involved. This is a nice "comfort food" type of dish and is very hearty. Loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"Very much like a hearty tomato soup with tortellini, spinach, and bacon flavors. I used wheat cheese tortellini and bacon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"Forgot to buy bacon so I had to skip one ingredient, but the soup was still fantastic! I'm most definitely making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"I posted a review, but forgot to add this note. Besides the additions and changes

made, I also substituted turkey broth for the chicken broth. That has become my new staple - I no longer purchase chicken broth, preferring the taste of the turkey broth in all my recipes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"VERY GOOD!!!! I used diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and frozen spinach- still very good! My kids ate it all even the spinach."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"I make this alot. My Mom just loves it. Its easy to make, very very tasty, and served with some garlic bread is just awesome."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"This soup appeals to the eye and the tastebuds! I made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand (ham for the bacon, frozen spinach instead of fresh and chicken-flavored broth instead of chicken broth), but the soup was still great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"This soup was very good. It was fast and easy to make. I drained a can of diced tomatoes and added it to the soup. I will be making this recipe again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2009

"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.

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"This soup was fantastic! Very easy and fast. I used shredded cabbage instead of spinach and added some shredded chicken to the recipe. Will become a regular recipe on our menu."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2008

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"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?"

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