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Garlicky Tortellini, Spinach & Tomato Soup


Serves 2-3

Served with a crusty piece of bread, this feel-good soup makes a delicious lunch or dinner, and it’s incredibly easy to make.

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups (1 qt.) homemade or low-salt chicken broth
  • 6 oz. fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
  • 14 oz. canned diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 10 oz. spinach, washed and stemmed; coarsely chopped if larger (see How to stem spinach)
  • 8 to 10 leaves basil, coarsely chopped
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, preferably parmigiano reggiano

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook halfway, about 5 minutes for frozen pasta, less if using fresh. Add the tomatoes and their liquid, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook just until the pasta is tender. Stir in the spinach and basil and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve sprinkled with the grated cheese.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with a Romaine, Bacon & Tomato Salad with Croutons & Tarragon Vinaigrette.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 270, Fat Calories (kcal): 140, Fat (g): 15, Saturated Fat (g): 9, Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3, Cholesterol (mg): 35, Sodium (mg): 560, Carbohydrates (g): 22, Fiber (g): 6, Protein (g): 15

Photo: Scott Phillips

Great recipe and super easy to make.

Garlicky it is! And so good! Easy to make and not time consuming! Most excellent!

This is a great base recipe, but definitely needed a little help, and requires good quality tortellini. I make this with the following alterations: Start by cooking 1/2 pound of Italian sausage while breaking it up into small bits, and set aside. Heat 1 tbs olive oil and cook a small, diced yellow onion until soft, before adding the garlic and 2 tsp or more of chopped fresh thyme. I then add the sausage back and follow the recipe until the end, where I add a healthy splash of red wine vinegar, which really rounds out the flavors with a nice punch. With these small changes this soup is perfect and still easy enough to make when I'm sick!

I've been making this soup for family and friends for years, and everyone always enjoys it.

Quick and easy. I sauteed some onion before adding the garlic and then followed the recipe as written. I also cooked my tortellini separate so it wouldn't be soggy when reheating the next day. A good soup. And good for you!

I too added some chicken sausage. A great, easy tasty recipe; all the adjectives you want! Yum!

A gerat recipe!! However, I have always made it with locally made tortellini. Wonderful!! Today I was in a hurry and bought BUITONI three cheese tortellini at the local supermarket. BIG MISTAKE!! It was so salty that we could not eat it. Buyer beware!

So easy, and so good! This took me under 30 minutes including prep time. The only change I made was to saute some chicken sausage at the start to add some flavor. I will absolutely be making this again.

5 stars for taste/time ratio. Admittedly, I do doctor the recipe by starting a saute with a bit of bacon or pancetta and diced onions (how can you go wrong with this?) as a base for the soup. This adds the depth and flavor it sorely needs. I love soup, and I always have these ingredients on hand and don't have to run to the store. I'll be making this again & again.

Quick, delicious and satisfying…the only thing I added was some sea salt!

It's fairly easy and it's healthy tasting. BUT there is a definite lack of flavor, depth, and richness. If you're over the age of 55 and get annoyed with the new "cuisine" being foisted upon us....then I would pass on this recipe.

This soup is EXCELLENT!! My husband has a rule at dinner.... must have meat! so i added some italian sausage... i removed the casing and browned it in the pot with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and crumbled it with a spoon as it cooked- then i followed the recipe! it was so so perfect- can't wait for leftovers tomorrow!!!

Great recipe! I threw in a couple of fresh diced roma tomatoes in addition to the can of tomatoes because I had them leftover. I made this soup for someone special who was sick and it was perfect. Comforting, hearty and super easy to throw together! I served it with some crusty bread and it was perfect.

Very good, very easy, I used swiss chard instead of spinach and parsley instead of basil.

My favourite go-to meal-in-a-bowl recipe. Fast, easy and delicious!

Really good for how easy and fast it is. I used boxed tortellini, frozen cut spinach, and diced tomatoes with green chilies and it turned out great.

Just as tasty made with fresh Roma tomatoes! This is a keeper, says my husband.

I had my doubts about how good premade tortellini in chicken broth could taste, but it was really good AND quick to make. I used ricotta and spinach filled tortellini. Excellent!

This recipe packs a lot of flavor for so little effort. Simple to make and a real "comfort dish" that I fall back on when my kitchen time is compressed. VAgardengirl

This recipe packs a lot of flavor for so little effort. Simple to make and a real "comfort dish" that I fall back on when my kitchen time is compressed. VAgardengirl

Can it get any easier or better than this soup? Fora change of flavor I use different types of tortellini, such as porcini mushroom or gorganzola. Trader Joes has many different types!

This soup is fabulous! Super easy to make. Tastes great with some chicken added.

This quick soup is a winner. It comes together quickly and makes a satisfying light dinner. The garlic really improved store-bought chicken broth.

I must award this recipe 5 stars as well. It is simply delicious, speedy, and very satisfiying. My daughters make this as well,and always receive kudos. Thanks for a good one. Carol

Simple and satisfying for a quick weeknight meal. Excellent for when you are feeling under the weather as well.

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