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Chicken Tortellini Soup

This recipe puts a different spin on traditional chicken noodle soup. I like to use cheese tortellini instead of plain noodles for a pleasant and filling change of pace. This easy creation has become a family favorite that I can count on often. —Jean Atherly, Red Lodge, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, bring broth and water to a boil; add chicken. Reduce heat; cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients; cook 10-15 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 170 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 483mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • shortyblueyes
    Dec 27, 2019

    I made this delicious soup with variations. Rather than frozen mixed vegetables, I used half a bag of frozen mirepoix. I had my own russet potato and a large carrot. I used spinach pasta cheese tortellini. Didn't have any fresh spinach to include. I included one can of fire-roasted tomatoes, increased the broth to almost 4 cups, and did not add any water. Because my family likes flavorful food, I recommend boosting the herbs and spices just a little. Adding the canned tomatoes changed the nature of the soup to a tomatoey stew. The pasta soaked up much of the liquid. I am looking forward to having leftovers for dinner tonight. I will add cheese to a casserole dish and bake it in the oven. I can recommend this soup as it is presented or with variations, 100%.

  • Diane
    Feb 9, 2019

    Inspiration came from a need for a quick meal and a package of cheese tortellini in the freezer. This is the ultimate "meal in a bowl", tasty and filling. My adjustments included use of veg broth, rotisserie chicken, frozen Italian mixed veggies and a couple of shakes of crushed red pepper. Comfort food on steroids and nearly effortless!

  • beagleluva
    Nov 21, 2018

    Delicious! A keeper.

  • Elizabeth
    Oct 1, 2017

    This is the perfect dish for a quick healthy meal. Thanks!

  • Ree
    Jan 13, 2017

    I made this last night and was disappointed. Not much flavor. It didn't taste bad but it was just not enough flavor to say it was good. Will not make again and can't recommend this recipe but I do love Taste of Home recipes in general.

  • kpkaren
    Nov 8, 2015

    This soup was very good. I didn't have the refrigerator tortellini but I did have frozen tortellini. So I cooked the frozen tortellini and then added it to the soup. This soup is great on a cold night.

  • Huszczo
    Nov 21, 2014

    I make broth a lot and I found an awesome trick. I will use the carcass of a Costco whole chicken, put it in a cheese cloth and simmer for a couple hours with about 3 boxes of store bought broth. I put the wrapped chicken in the pot with the broth and fill the pot to a level I want with water. I always have people asking why my soup is so tasty. A turkey carcass would work too. I'd break it down, put it in cheese cloth to fit in a pot. Very flavorful.

  • recipehound54
    Feb 11, 2014

    Flavorful, simple and quick to make and, best of all, very healthy!! This will go into the "soup rotation" schedule at our house! :)

  • peacharmadillo
    Jan 28, 2014

    We made this using the body and scrap meat of a whole chicken we cut up another night. By doing that, we cooked it will all broth. Everything went together well. My husband preferred to soak up the broth with bread then add cheese to all the bits. I enjoyed it sans cheese.

  • AENesko
    Jan 1, 2014

    Tastes great, easy to prepare. A favorite in our home!