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Broccoli Leaf Tortellini Soup

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6

In this hearty take on tortellini en brodo, a piece of Parmigiano rind lends its savory flavor to the broth and complements the earthy sweetness of the greens. You can enhance the effect with a sprinkle of Parmigiano on top.


  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small rib celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 large clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1 small Parmigiano-Reggiano rind (1×2 inches)
  • 9 oz. fresh cheese tortellini
  • 12 oz. broccoli leaves, stemmed and chopped (about 5-1/2 cups)
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 240
      Fat Calories (kcal): 80
      Fat (g): 9
      Saturated Fat (g): 4.5
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3
      Cholesterol (mg): 30
      Sodium (mg): 390
      Carbohydrates (g): 29
      Fiber (g): 2
      Protein (g): 14


  • Melt the butter in a 5- to 6-quart pot. Add the carrot, celery, onion, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the broth and cheese rind; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes to meld the flavors. Remove and discard the thyme, garlic, bay leaf, and rind.
  • Return the broth to a boil. Add the tortellini and broccoli leaves and cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the cheese, if using.


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  • AmberlovestoEAT | 01/04/2017

    AH-MAZING!I make this soup EVERY WEEK as a back-up meal in case I decide not to cook dinner in the evening. It is DELICIOUS!!!It's super easy to make and it keeps very well.

  • Marianm1 | 01/27/2016

    Recipe is delicious and easy.

  • user-3576035 | 02/21/2015

    Very good, and super fast. Only thing is that really should have more chicken broth. I added an extra cup of waterand some sherry, and there was still really not even close to enough broth. Otherwise great, and chard is a nice substitute for broccoli leaves, hard to find at the moment.

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