Chicken Tortellini Soup

Just when you thought I couldn’t possibly find one more soup recipe to send your way, here I am back with this scrumptious tortellini number.  Although honestly, it’s kind of a cross between a soup and a dish of pasta with lots and lots of warm and wonderful chicken broth sauce…that’s how hearty and filling it is.  Think of it as chicken noodle soup meets macaroni and cheese, because those plump little tortellinis are filled with cheese, and they are floating around in broth that is flavored up with carrots, celery, onions and just the right amount of herbs and spices.

The second best part?  The various parts of this soup are all made up of stuff you pick up in your supermarket.  No hours of making chicken broth…pick up a box of Imagine or Pacific brand.  No rolling and stuffing tortellini…pick up the already done kind in the fresh pasta part of your supermarket.  Now it’s down to sauteeing the veggies in a little butter, tossing in the tortellini and some herbs and spices until it is all cooked up and wonderful, and then ladling it out.  Sprinkle a little grated Parmesan on top and you are all ready for soup heaven.

Oh, and if you have leftovers?  A day later after it’s had a chance to soak in all the various flavors, this soup is even BETTER.  Yum, yum, yum.


Chicken Tortellini Soup

Serves: 4 generous servings

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 10 cups chicken broth (Imagine or Pacific brand)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 9-ounce packages tortellini
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium high heat. Add vegetables and cook for 10 minutes, stirring now and then.
  2. Add broth and water and heat to boiling. Add tortellini, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tortellini is tender.
  3. Add parsley and spices and simmer 5 minutes more. Ladle into dishes and garnish with cheese and more parsley and serve at once.



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  1. Blog is the New Black says:

    Gorgeous! A favorite of mine!

  2. You could send me as many soup recipes as you so desire…especially if they involve tortellini!

  3. Fox and Sparrows says:

    this looks wonderful and easy!

  4. Catherine says:

    I do something like this but add spinach or kale.

  5. FramedCooks says:

    Yum, spinach! I'm trying that next time for sure. :)

  6. You’re talking my language! I a a soup lover and I can’t help but try any recipe that I find… I always check out soupssimo for more recipe about soups. Really worth trying!

  7. It looks terrific, but you forgot the chicken!

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  9. I really like the idea of this recipe augmented with shredded chicken, spinach and tarragon.

    I’m part of a men’s cooking club that just celebrated it’s 100th anniversary.

    We have 24 members, and each month we have two members prepare dinner for the other 22 members.

    I am thinking of making this when it’s my turn to cook in May.

    Can you give me some guidance an how many servings the base recipe would provide so I can adjust as necessary?


    • Hi Mike! Your cooking club sounds fantastic – after 100 years, you must have an incredible array of great recipes! As for this soup, it makes 4-6 servings in the proportions above, so for 24 folks you would want to increase it times 4 or 6 depending on what the other item is. And by May, hopefully you’ll be able to find some local fresh tarragon – that’s a great idea!

  10. Love this soup. I have substituted the tortilinis and chicken with little turkey meatballs and brown rice noodles too. Also have added 1/2 t. each of marjoram, thyme and rosemary. So good!

    • Love your additions, especially the little turkey meatballs! Perfect for this snowy crazy winter we’re in the middle of. :)


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