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Tortellini in Brodo (Simple Tortellini and Spinach Soup)

Tortellini in brodo, a perfectly simple soup of tortellini in chicken broth with a little spinach, may be just the ticket to restoring order in the universe.

It’s not that I believe in astrology, particularly – or that I’d admit, in a public forum such as this one, that frankly, yes I do, a little bit. What? Did you hear me say something just now? I didn’t.

Have you noticed, though, what a nice excuse the universe provides sometimes? We’ve had a lot of, shall we say, tortellini hitting the fan around here in the past few weeks; and sometimes it’s hard for a girl not to blame herself. It can be quite the relief to learn, at such times, that Mercury has been retrograde since mid-January. Even a non-believer like myself knows what that means. There’s chaos in the air, and my friends, we’re all a-breathin.

So, really, there isn’t a lot we can do, other than hunker down with a bowl of simple food and wait for the mess to clear itself up. For those of us who are just now turning six months old, and this very week are new to food that can be shown on the internet without an adults-only rating, simple food is a bowl of single-grain rice cereal and some carrots straight from the blender. Ooh, yummy, that’s good. (And baby makes four members of the umami family who’ve never met a food they wouldn’t lunge at on impulse with an open mouth.)

For others of us, simplicity in a bowl is a Monday lunch of Tortellini in Brodo for one and ten minutes of quiet to leaf through a pretty, mindless magazine.

As calming meals go, it doesn’t hurt that you can buy two and a half pounds, or 3,300 calories worth, of perfectly decent three-cheese tortellini for $8.99. (That’s enough pasta to make this recipe ten times.) If you need proof of this small miracle, click on the picture below to make it big, and check out the price sticker.

If you’re thinking that a meal this simple is just the kind of thing that would be much, much better with homemade stock and homemade tortellini, well, as we say here in Jersey, I’m not gonna lie – yer right. Maybe sometime soon when Mercury is direct, and I’m in the mood to host a fancy dinner party with homemade tortellini in brodo, you’ll get a recipe for that. But as we also say here in Jersey, that is SO not the point right now, okay? This soup is freakin awesome just the way it is.

Tortellini in Brodo

Serves 1

This is more of a reminder than a recipe, really. Feel free to adjust the proportions to your liking.

2 cups chicken broth
1 cup cheese tortellini
2 cups baby spinach leaves
Grated cheese for serving
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In a small pot, bring the broth to a gentle boil. Add the tortellini and cook for the shortest time suggested by the package directions. Add the spinach leaves about a minute before the tortellini is fully cooked. Serve sprinkled with grated cheese.


Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.