tortellini soup with spinach and tomato

my mom used to make a similar version of this on cold winter nights. not sure what it was about tortellini soup but i found great comfort in it. even in college, i would call home for the recipe and often my mother would give me a version but not the real thing. it never tasted right. finally, this recipe brings me back home, even if it is off the mark somewhat. even as a kid, i knew this recipe was a quick meal to satiate us while time was not on my mother’s hand to produce a labor intensive meal. this is simple, quick, and hearty.

serves about 4


1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

6 cups chicken broth

1 (14-ounce) can whole tomatoes, with juice

10-12 oz frozen tortellini, fresh will work as well

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 small bag fresh spinach, coarsely chopped (5-10 ounces)

1/4 c freshly grated parmesan

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan, very loosely packed


in a 4 quart sauce pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. saute the onion, stirring often until onions are translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes, add the garlic midway through. add broth,tomatoes, oregano, and chili flakes, and bring to a low boil. add the tortellini and cook according to package instructions. when tortellini is almost done, add spinach and juice of a lemon. season with salt and pepper to taste. remove from heat.

ladle the soup in 4 bowls and top with a good quantity of freshly grated parmesan. serve immediately.

bon appetit!


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One Response to tortellini soup with spinach and tomato

  1. Pingback: My Mother’s Tortellini Soup – At Least I Hope It Is! | Culturechoc2010's Blog

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