Tortellini Soup

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Another recipe found on Facebook although this is another we’re I’m not sure exactly where it came from as that wasn’t part of what I saved.

Although this was a little bit of work to do to get it ready – lots of peeling, chopping, etc. this turned out to be a fairly good soup. A little different than you might expect when making a soup – I usually think of sound as something that has a little bit of thickness to it and this wasn’t. But it was good. It also took longer than expected to make. I had tried to get this done in time for everyone to eat dinner before my wife and oldest had to leave but it didn’t quite work out that way. I did manage to get my oldest to eat some of it but it wasn’t ready for a sit down dinner before they left. Neither kid loved it but there wasn’t too much complaining either.

Here is the recipe. I made no changes to it but have some more comments on the steps below.

3 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, diced
1 10 oz box of frozen spinach (unthawed)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans water (use the soup cans)
32 oz chicken broth
Family size package of cheese or chicken tortellini, half cooked

Quick note on the tortellini – I bought a 4 pound bag of tortellini but only used half of it. 2 lbs seemed like a good “family size” considering most boxes of dried pasta are 1 pound.

Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add garlic, carrot, celery and onion. Sauté until tender. This was at least 5 minutes. There is a lot of stuff in the pot to cook and it takes some things (carrots) awhile to get tender. That’s why I chopped my carrots pretty small, trying to make it easier for them to get tender.

Add frozen spinach. Continue sautéing, breaking up the block of spinach as you go, until it is all thawed and heated.

Add the cream of chicken soup and water, using the soup cans for measurement. Stir well. Let it heat up a bit. You are adding a lot of cold (or at least “not hot” liquids) that will take awhile to heat up.

Add the chicken broth and the half cooked tortellini. Cook until everything is heated up. I brought it to a good simmer and let it go for awhile. Compared to the instructions of just “heat up” I let mine cook for awhile.

For the tortellini – after making this I think you may be able to take the frozen tortellini and just add it to the pot to cook with everything else. You would just have to let everything heat up to the point of boiling and dump in the tortellini. The package I bought (as most packages of frozen tortellini we’ve gotten) says you only need to cook it for 2 minutes for it to be done. Because of that, it seems like putting it in the pot with everything else would work just fine.

To “half cook” the tortellini is to only cook it for a minute. Seems like a waste of water, boiling it for only a minute of cooking.

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