On our first date, my husband took me to an Italian restaurant that has lengthy since closed its doorways. That they had an off-menu tomato tortellini soup that I beloved. It was thick, creamy, loaded with cheese tortellini, and dotted with recent basil. Most of all, it was bursting with taste.
Now that 17 years have handed since that first date and I’m a working mother with two lively kids, I made a decision to develop a extra strong model of the soup I’d had so a few years earlier than.
EASY WEEKNIGHT TORTELLINI SOUP
I wished this soup to be hearty sufficient to depend as your complete meal and simple sufficient to make on a weeknight, whereas additionally leaving sufficient left over for lunch the subsequent day. I’m happy to say for our household of 4 I clicked all of these packing containers!
The inspiration of the soup is identical as I bear in mind—thick and creamy, however I added Italian sausage to present it slightly heft and a few spinach as a result of I’m at all times making an attempt so as to add extra greens to our meals, even when it’s just a bit bit right here and there.
I really like this hearty soup! It’s filling, I’m solely utilizing one pot, it’s excellent for a weeknight meal, however also can impress company, and everybody in the home is totally glad.
FRESH, DRIED, OR FROZEN TORTELLINI?
Any tortellini will do! I used frozen as a result of it’s good to have readily available. I additionally use cheese tortellini, however I feel mushroom tortellini can be scrumptious on this soup.
Let the soup come to a boil earlier than you add tortellini in any of its varieties, then regulate the cooking time in accordance with the package deal.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
It’s finest to let scorching soup cool to room temperature earlier than placing it within the fridge. I normally let it cool, put the lid on the pot, and pop it within the fridge. You might additionally switch it to a different container as soon as it cools.
It is going to hold within the fridge for as much as 5 days, though the tortellini may puff up a bit and take in extra of the liquid. If you wish to reserve it for dinner down the highway, pop it in your freezer and revisit it in three months.
A NOTE ABOUT SUGAR
I added just a bit sugar to this soup. In case your soup has an acidic edge or chew to it, the sugar will tone that down. The acidity depends upon the sweetness of the tomatoes used and the way a lot they focus in the course of the cooking.
This soup is made for a fast weeknight meal, not a protracted, gradual Sunday simmer, so the sugar, although solely a small quantity, performs an enormous function in balancing flavors.