How to: Quickie Meal – Italian Cheese Tortellini Soup

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I don’t mean to brag or anything, but this is a really super awesome recipe.

And I’m not lying when I say it’s a legit 15 minute meal.

It also involves parmesan cheese. Therefore >> automatic success.

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Weeknight cooking can be a real b, am I right?

I get that.

Cooking a balanced meal from scratch isn’t always realistic.

Relying on canned goods, packaged broths and frozen vegetables can drastically reduce prep time.  So use them!

Ain’t no shame.

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These fresh cheese tortellini make my life so much easier.  I buy the large package (1kg) and freeze half for another quick weeknight meal down the road. There are a number of brands available.  I choose the one with the fewest weird ingredients.

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This one wee clove of garlic is the only thing that requires a touch of prep for this recipe.  Assuming you don’t count using a can opener as prep work.

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A quick sauté of the aromatics, which helps bring out their flavour, and you’re off to the races.IMG_1034 IMG_1076

Make changes and substitutions to your heart’s desire, too.  Use chicken rather than veggie broth. Add kale instead of spinach.  Swirl in a tablespoon of pesto for added oomph.  Go bananas with the parmesan cheese.

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Mostly importantly…grab a seat, preferably by a fire with a big juicy glass of red, and enjoy.

Erin

Italian Cheese Tortellini Soup

Serves 5 - 6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon dried italian seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1l vegetable or chicken stock
  • 400g fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
  • 200g frozen spinach

Directions

1. Heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and italian season and sauté for about a minute.
2. Add can of tomatoes and stock, raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook per package directions (usually 5- 7 minutes). In the final 2 minutes of cooking, add frozen spinach.
3. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with freshly grated parmesan, if desired.

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