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Tortellini Soup

Posted By Alea On April 12, 2011 @ 6:47 pm In Beans,Pasta,Recipes,Soup,Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Last week I was craving minestrone soup, but many of the vegetables that I use in it are not in season. Buying imported, out of season veggies would have greatly increased the cost of the dish, so I decided to replace them with something that is always in season: tortellini! 

I reduced the cost of this soup, by using homemade chicken broth [5]. I also used dry beans that I cooked from scratch [6]. When you use dry beans you save about 75% off the price of canned beans. It is more time consuming that opening a can, but with my pressure cooker method I can batch cook a large amount in less than 1 1/2 hours. I realize that making homemade tortellini would have reduced the cost even further, but I cheated and used frozen cheese tortellini.

Alea’s Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

1 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, minced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup carrots, julienned
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 3/4 cups black beans or 1 can of black beans
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
2 – 3 cups  cheese stuffed tortellini
3  cups  fresh spinach

Directions

1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add onion, celery, garlic, and carrots.

2. Sauté veggies in the oil for 5 minutes.

3. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, and spices to the pot. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.

4.  Add spinach leaves and tortellini and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until pasta is al dente and spinach is wilted.

Serves 4 – 6.

I served this soup with a large garden salad and Gluten-Free Herbed Bread Sticks [7].


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[5] homemade chicken broth: http://www.premeditatedleftovers.com/2011/03/making-chicken-broth-in-slow-cooker.html

[6] dry beans that I cooked from scratch: http://www.premeditatedleftovers.com/2011/03/cooking-beans-in-pressure-cooker.html

[7] Gluten-Free Herbed Bread Sticks: http://www.glutenfreeflavorfull.com/2010/09/gluten-free-herbed-bread-sticks-and.html

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