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Italian Bean and Tortellini Soup

First – this is vegetarian if you’re a lacto-ovo vegetarian – but you could use no-cheese pasta to make it full vegetarian, or add chicken or italian sausage if you wanted to make it meaty..  That’s up to you.  It’s a pretty flexible recipe and any vegetables would be great additions – I have a few options added to the recipe for you to try as well.  The original called for 3+ hours of cooking and dried beans – I was not pleased with the outcome – i felt that the broth lost flavor and the beans were tough – so I’ve tweaked and revamped this into a quick soup for weeknights.  I think this version is faster and tastes GREAT!

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Italian Bean and Tortellini Soup

Author Carrie Hill

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can of Cannellini beans drained & rinsed - You can use great northern or kidney beans here - very flexible
  • 1 14.5 oz can Italian diced tomatoes or regular tomatoes with some Italian seasoning added - about 2 tsp
  • 1/2 Cup Onion minced, optional
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Cups Vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Vegetable Boullion Cube or chicken
  • 2 Large cloves garlic crushed
  • 10 oz Frozen or Fresh Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 cup fresh spinach optional

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven saute the onion(optional,) olive oil, and the beans for a few minutes until warm through.
  2. Add in the tomatoes, stock, water, boullion cube, and garlic and bring to a simmer.
  3. Let simmer for about 20 minutes to combine flavor - taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Turn up heat and bring to a rolling boil, then add tortellini and cook for approx. 10 minutes until pasta is done.
  5. Serve with crusty bread, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and enjoy!

AboutCarrie Hill

Carrie Hill is the mother of 2 human children, and 5 fur babies. She has a husband who is a great guy, a good food tester, but a bit of a nut, just like her. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking and baking in her spare time.

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