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Zesty Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe

Zesty Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe

I love coming home knowing this soup is waiting for me. Don't hesitate to toss in whatever veggies you have on hand. —Nancy Latulippe, Simcoe, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min. + freezing YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium onion soup mix
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups frozen cheese tortellini


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, bring chicken broth and beef broth to a boil; reduce heat. Add chicken and poach, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Remove chicken; cool slightly.
  • 2. Add the carrots, celery, onion, soup mix, parsley and seasonings to broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • 3. Cool soup. Meanwhile, chop chicken. Add tortellini and chicken to soup. Transfer to freezer containers; freeze for up to 3 months.
  • 4. To use frozen soup: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until heated through and tortellini are tender. Yield: 6 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cup: 310 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 1097mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.

Reviews for Zesty Chicken Tortellini Soup

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murrworm88 User ID: 1697209 244201
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"I have lost track how many times I have made this-we absolutely love it. It has tons of flavor and a nice little kick. I start with a box of chicken broth and one of beef, and use rotisserie chicken, rather than taking the time to poach. I would suggest getting the larger tortellinis, we get ours in the refrigerator section at Costco. They really make the soup."

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 217888
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"I followed the recipe except added fresh garlic rather than the powder as was suggested, but still this soup did not have the wow factor I look for; it just didn't work for us."

gbrill User ID: 6995781 198226
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Tasted great! I think using fresh garlic would add better taste rather than adding garlic powder."

rvkreu07 User ID: 5418178 125691
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"I thought this soup was great! Made it tonight, and my husband loved it too. Only changes I made were that I used 2 fresh garlic cloves instead of powder, and a cup of vegetable broth. Was very yummy!"

kagoetze User ID: 2404094 213005
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"We love this recipe. I omit the red pepper flakes for my kids' sakes and use Simply Organics French Onion Dip mix in place of the onion soup mix."

pinksuitcases User ID: 630663 137897
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"Nothing is more comforting than a hot bowl of homemade soup....This was easy and is very tasty. Mmm Mmm Good, as they say."

Mellisa_C User ID: 6085815 187060
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"This will be a new family fav! Made it just the way instructions said - wouldn't change a thing."

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 137896
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"thought it tasted gross"

jayleesummers User ID: 6460338 213004
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"I found this recipe while sitting in the waiting room at the hospital and went home to see if I could find it online.

I didn't really follow all of the directions because I doubled the recipe and added more veggies, used minced garlic, and added more red pepper flakes.
All in all this recipe was wonderful and the stock itself was very tasty."

thewife06 User ID: 6402653 198225
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"I added a lot more carrots & celery and that was my only intentional change. My UNintentional change was....The lid was off of the red pepper flakes per a prank from a husband. that was one spicy pot of soup. But DELICIOUS! I served it cold due to it being so spicy and I have to say that I'm making it that way again. this has become one of my favorite cold soups. :)"

Arcangelo User ID: 6457376 151645
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"I made some changes by adding a vegetarian Vegetable Bouillon and made it in a slow cooker. My family really enjoyed it."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 196143
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"A different spin on chicken noodle soup. Good flavor, and definitely lots of possibilities."

Judka User ID: 2691705 114923
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"Making a chicken soup using the spices listed and omitting the red pepper flakes. Also going to try it as a beef soup the same way.

Instead of adding the tortellini to the soup before freezing, I freeze the soup in smaller containers and when I pull one out to warm, I add the tortellini then so they don't become soggy."

MathisonHelpMe User ID: 4065070 137769
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Everyone loved this soup, even my picky grandchildren. Added some baby bok choy and frozen peas. Might use wontons instead of tortellini next time. Very versatile soup to switch around with ingredients."

mingoleger User ID: 6047292 187059
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Made this on Christmas Eve and it was fabulous! I only made one change - I didn't have onion soup mix but I had the savory garlic and herb soup mix and used it instead. I think I will make it that way from now on because the flavor was incredible!"

HoneybunchOnt User ID: 55485 151644
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I made this yesterday and we both loved it. Next time I would make a couple of minor changes to suit us better. Both peppers and poultry seasoning will be cut in half and the broth would be 6 cups chicken and 2 cups beef.

This is a very versatile soup and makes an excellent base for so many changes to be made."

edimmett User ID: 1499839 196713
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"I used all chicken broth instead of using chicken and beef. Turned out delicious. Whole family loved it, even my picky 4 year-old."

Beancounter_FL User ID: 457416 196712
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Definitely use "Reduced Sodium" products ! We didn't, and it was very salty. It had a good flavor. Also suggest using Red Pepper Flakes at table rather than in cooking.

"Beancounter Ce" -- Cooking Seniors Group"

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