Simple and satisfying, this spinach tortellini soup recipe is ready in 30 minutes to warm you up without weighing you down.
Over the weekend our big girl wasn’t feeling so well, and she asked me to make some soup. There’s no way to really feel good when your kids don’t, but simmering a big pot of comforting and nourishing soup by special request may be about the closest you can get.
She’d initially asked for our bare-bones basic orzo in broth, which only comes out when someone’s really under the weather. But I amortized my law degree with some light negotiation and upgraded us to spinach tortellini soup. This pot of goodness packs more nutrients and also doubled as a way to feed the whole family dinner that night without cooking twice. The 12 year old is smart, has good taste, and even as a tween is pretty good at picking her battles, so she was happy to oblige.
The goal was to pack lots of flavor and nourishment into a bowl that still came across as very simple. I’d say we succeeded without question. (Why am I unafraid to sing the praises of my food despite 40 years of consistent self-deprecating tendencies that I have to hope are charming? Oh, never mind, I’m 40 and don’t care.)
Moving right along.
You can use chicken broth if you’re into that sort of thing, or try my favorite vegetable broth by a mile, but this is not the place for shitty, rust-colored veggie broth. With so few ingredients, each needs to pull its weight.
Don’t we all?
Talk to you soon.
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Spinach Tortellini Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
- 2 large carrots, diced small
- 2 large celery stalks, diced small
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 8 cups good low-sodium vegetable stock
- 5 ounces baby spinach
- 9 ounces tortellini
- 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Grated parmesan or pecorino, for serving
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and salt and stir to coat with oil. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften. If you happen to get distracted and the veggies brown a little bit, it'll add some nice depth of flavor.
Stir in stock, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer until veggies are tender. Remove lid and add spinach and tortellini. Cook according to tortellini package instructions (usually just simmering for a couple of minutes). Off the heat, stir in parsley and black pepper to taste.
Ladle into bowls and serve with cheese to pass at the table.
As you may know by now, this is by far my favorite vegetable stock.
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