Monday, August 10, 2009

Three Cheese Tortellini Soup with Summer Vegetables

Soup? I know what you're thinking. Why would I make soup when it's so blazing hot outside. Well, because soup is a great light, healthy and comforting dinner. I had a package of tortellini's in the refrigerator and came up with this wonderful, satisfying soup. Everyone and I mean everyone loved this soup. Even my daughters ate the zucchini and squash in the soup and they normally don't eat these vegetables. The base of the soup was inspired by Prudence Pennywise's Tuscan Vegetable Soup. This is another fantastic soup that you must try. So, even though you may break a slight sweat while eating this soup, it will be worth it.

Three Cheese Tortellini Soup with Summer Vegetables
Recipe by Jamie from Mom's Cooking Club

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped in bite size rounds
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 - 14 oz can of Italian Style Diced Tomatoes (Basil, Garlic & Oregano), pureed in blender
2 - 14 oz cans of low sodium & fat-free chicken broth
1 yellow summer squash, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
9 oz package of fresh 3 cheese tortellini (I used Buitoni brand)
Parmesan Cheese

In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened, stirring often. Add basil, pepper flakes and balsamic vinegar. Cook for 30 seconds. Add pureed tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Add tortellini, squash and zucchini. Bring to a simmer and cook about 8-10 minutes until pasta and vegetables are cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

This is the brand of pasta I used.


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: It was my sister-in-law, Pam, who turned me on to these fresh pastas. I never paid much attention to them in the grocery store. Well, they are great. I buy them when they are on sale and they last awhile in your refrigerator or you can freeze them. You don't even have to defrost them. You can use them frozen. They are convenient to have on hand when you want a quick dinner.


Lisa said...

Great idea. The perfect summer soup!

Pam said...

I love making soups all year round - they are my idea of the perfect dinner. This soup looks really delicious.

Aggie said...

Wow Jamie, this is great! I love tortellini, one of my favorite pastas!! And the veggies in this sounds wonderful and so healthy!!

Patsyk said...

I love the fresh pasta for the same reason. This soup looks so healthy with all the veggies in it - delicious!

SHM said...

This looks fantastic!

Jamie said...

We eat these fresh pastas all the time and this is a really fantastic, flavorful way to eat them. Yum! This soup really sounds and looks delicious!

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Thank you very much for the recipe! dish healthy, nutritious and easy to do,
my family loved it and especially my mother who loves pasta

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