Soup is one of my very favorite things to eat for lunch. Give me a bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich and I am happy. I don’t care if it is summer or winter, soup is still my favorite. This Chicken Tortellini Soup with a grilled baby swiss cheese sandwich is perfect.
3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped (I use whatever chicken pieces I have on hand and bake it in the oven for my soup)
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth or about 3 or 4 cups
2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Dash red pepper or hot sauce (Optional)
1 cup chopped fresh baby spinach, uncooked (could use frozen)
2 cups Barilla 3 Cheese All Natural Dry Tortellini
Grated Parmesan cheese ( I add about 1/2 cup of cheese to the soup but you can sprinkle it on top when you serve it, too.)
Combine chicken, broth, carrots, celery, onion, diced tomatoes, water, black pepper, and red pepper to the pot. Bring to boil, turn down to medium and cook until carrots and celery are tender. About 15 minutes. Add spinach and pasta and cook another 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is done. Can add Parmesan cheese to the soup or sprinkle on top. This makes about 10 – 12 servings. Freezes well and keeps for several days in the fridge. Enjoy!
Note: You could make this in the crock pot, too. Just cook on low for 6 or 7 hours and high for 4 or 5. I would add the tortellini in the last hour or so.
Don’t forget to check out these soup recipes:French Onion Soup Ham and Black Bean Soup Ham and Dumplings
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