TORTELLINI SOUP (VEGETARIAN)
Winter in Wisconsin means that my family has a variety of soups on a heavy rotation right now. There is just nothing better on a cold winter’s day than coming inside to a warm, cozy bowl of homemade soup. This tortellini soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food recipe while still being pretty darn healthy (you can’t always say that when it comes to comfort food)! I especially love that this soup is an easy dinner recipe to put together, and it can be made on either the stove top or in your slow cooker!
This vegetarian tortellini soup is an easy dinner recipe for beginners who are just getting into cooking and the seasoned chef alike. It is made using a variety of vegetables, your favorite tomato based spaghetti sauce, and your go-to store bought cheese tortellini. This soup recipe is very forgiving...it doesn’t really matter how small you chop your veggies, or if you want to add more broccoli instead of one of the other vegetables...it’ll turn out great.
I have a particular soft spot for this tortellini soup recipe because it is based on a recipe that my mom made a lot while I was growing up...and it just makes me happy every time we have it. I hope you enjoy it too!
TELL ME ABOUT: TORTELLINI SOUP
Level of difficulty: This vegetarian tortellini soup recipe is easy to make. The most challenging part of this recipe is chopping your vegetables...and I know you can do that!
Flavor: The main flavor you will get from this recipe is the tomato base you get from your sauce (so select a nice quality one!). The other vegetables kind of blend in, and you get pops of your pasta and cheese whenever you have a tortellini as a part of your bite.
Texture: This vegetarian tortellini soup recipe yields a thick and chunky soup.
Time: Including prep and cook time, plan for 35-45 minutes to make your tortellini soup if cooking on the stovetop. If you’re planning to use your slow cooker, plan for 5-½ to 6-½ hours for your soup to be ready. The prep time will vary depending on how fast you chop!
3 KEY INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR DELICIOUS TORTELLINI SOUP
Vegetables: This tortellini soup recipe is packed with veggies, so it’s important to purchase fresh produce from your grocery store when you’re planning to make this soup. You’ll need a medium onion, broccoli, carrots, and zucchinis in addition to canned, diced tomatoes.
Spaghetti Sauce: It’s true, this soup uses a high-quality tomato based pasta sauce as it’s base. Let the good folks at the sauce company do the heavy lifting for you on this one. I recommend using a tomato basil pasta sauce as it gives this tortellini soup recipe a really lovely flavor.
Cheese Tortellini: Use your favorite store-bought cheese tortellini for this soup. I usually use a mix-pack that has both standard and spinach pasta with a cheese filling.
OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE TORTELLINI SOUP
Wash and chop your veggies: prep your veggies per notes on ingredient list
For the slow cooker, add ingredients, stir & go! Add all ingredients EXCEPT your tortellini to your slow cooker, stir, and let it work it’s magic on low for 5-6 hours.
For the stove top, start by sauteing the onion, carrots and broccoli stems: saute these veggies with olive oil, salt, and pepper until the onions are translucent.
Add in your liquids and remaining veggies: first add a small amount of your broth in, and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze your pan. Then add the rest of the vegetable broth, V8, and pasta sauce. Stir, and add in your diced tomatoes, zucchini, and broccoli florets. Cook until all vegetables are tender.
For both cooking methods, as you near the end of your soup’s cook time, cook your tortellini in a separate pan: cook your tortellinis per the package instructions
Serve up!: spoon soup and desired amount of tortellinis into a bowl, bon appetit!
Store leftovers: store remaining soup in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. I recommend storing your soup and your tortellinis in separate containers to avoid soggy pasta.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAKING A DELICIOUS TORTELLINI SOUP
What kind of spaghetti sauce should I use for my tortellini soup? The spaghetti sauce is where you get a lot of your flavor for this soup. Using a high-quality tomato based sauce will make a big difference in the final flavor of your soup. I recommend using a tomato basil sauce as it really makes this tortellini soup recipe shine. But you can try your favorite marinara sauce, a fire-roasted tomato sauce, a fresh mushroom Italian sauce, etc.
My vegetarian tortellini soup is too thick, how do I fix this? If your tortellini soup seems too thick, you can thin it down by adding more spaghetti sauce, V8, and/or broth.
Should I put any toppings on my tortellini soup? While this tortellini soup recipe is delicious as-is, adding shredded parmesan or romano cheese on top of this soup only adds to this delightful comfort food recipe. You could also add fresh basil on top for a big punch of Italian flavor. You do you!
If I’d prefer to add meat to this soup, what should I add? You can definitely add meat to this tortellini soup recipe if you do not adhere to a vegetarian diet. You could easily brown italian sausage in a pan on the stove-top to add into this soup. I have also had this soup with diced, cooked chicken breast which was enjoyable as well.
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