This Chicken Soup is a staple in our house and now that my college student daughter has her own apartment, it is time she had some simple dinners for college students that are easy and cheap. We need to get her going, so she and her friends can join the Sunday Chefs Club and not starve in college. This Chicken Tortellini Soup comes together in about ten minutes and is great the next day also, if you keep the tortellini separate. If you leave the tortellini in the soup it will get all mushy and fall apart by the next day. So I would cook the tortellini separately and keep it in a container in the fridge to add as needed. (I do this with rice and noodles also when I am making soup if I want leftovers the next day). Soups and Stews are always a great go to when you are looking for a simple and hearty meal. This is also a cheap meal, the whole thing comes together for about $12 and feeds about 4 people easily. This meal is both impressive and simple. If you are looking for an easy dinner that comes together quickly, this is the meal for you.
And as always, it is an allergy friendly meal also. This soup is nut free, peanut free and easily adaptable to whatever you want.
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Chicken Tortellini Soup
- 1 bag Baby Spinach
- 8 oz Cheese Tortellini I buy the 8 0z but it depends on how many you are feeding
- 2 32 oz Cartons Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 cup Diced Chicken Optional (good without it too)
- 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 pinch Salt and Pepper To taste
- 1/4 tbsp Parmesan Cheese Optional and to taste
- Boil water and cook the tortellini separately . Cook it a little al dente. If the directions say to cook for 7 minutes, cook them for 5 minutes. This is so they do not get mushy in the soup. Drain the tortellini and put aside.
- In another big pot, add the chicken broth, spices and chicken (if you don't leftover chicken for the soup, you can leave it out or add raw boneless chicken breast and poach it in the broth until it done, then remove it, shred it and add it back in).Bring the broth to a boil, lower the temperature and simmer for 10 minutes and then add the spinach. It will seem like you are adding too much spinach but it will quickly wilt down to hardly anything. Put the amount of tortellini in the bowl that you want and spoon the soup over it Top with a little Parmesan cheese and serve with some crusty bread.The perfect quick meal.
Allergy Information: Contains Gluten, Dairy (and maybe eggs depending on the tortellini.