How to: Quickie Meal – Italian Cheese Tortellini Soup


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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


Italian Cheese Tortellini Soup

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


  • 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


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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