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Tortellini Soup with Carrots, Peas & Leeks

Scott Phillips

Servings: four.


  • 2 medium leeks (12 oz. untrimmed)
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 1 Tbs.)
  • 1/2 medium carrot, peeled and finely diced (2 Tbs.)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups low-salt canned chicken broth
  • 8 oz. frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on four servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 310
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 90
  • Fat (g): 9
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 35
  • Sodium (mg): 540
  • Carbohydrates (g): 43
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 17


  • Trim the roots and dark green leaves from the leeks. Slice the white and light green part in half lengthwise and then slice the halves thinly crosswise. Rinse well and drain.
  • Melt the butter in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, leeks, and carrot. Season with a couple pinches of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. (It’s fine if the vegetables brown lightly.) Stir in 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook for about 20 seconds, then add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the peas. Continue to simmer until the tortellini are cooked, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Portion the soup into warm bowls, top each with some of the cheese, and serve.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make most of the soup ahead, but don’t add the tortellini until you’re ready to eat or they’ll become mushy.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • Krispie | 03/12/2018

    This was super easy and very delicious. Maybe more of a lunch soup with a salad and bread than a starter soup but definately worth making. I will make again soon.

  • divi2 | 10/31/2017

    This is my go to light soup. I use green onions instead of leeks and I actually like it better.

  • SarahEllsworth | 01/19/2012

    This soup was excellent. It is light and refreshing, and incredibly easy (and quick!) to prepare. It is perfect for lunch, or add shredded chicken for a more robust dinner version. The small amount of leftovers we had was quickly consumed - we enjoyed this soup very much and will definitely make it again.

  • kindred | 03/13/2010

    Very tasty. Simple flavors, light and fresh.

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