Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Homemaking Tip – Tortellini Soup

This is for safe keeping.  The original recipe is hand-written in an orange, water-based marker on a torn piece of notebook paper.  The name has already begun to run off the page.  The paper has a doodled flower in one corner, a heart in the other, and exclamation marks written across the bottom.  In short, this paper is not far from being mistaken as trash, but it holds the girls’ most oft-requested recipe.  Yesterday Ande called for it, Cali called for it a week ago, and I’ve read it over the phone to both of them at least a half dozen times.  Now it’s safe . . . besides being easy and good.  With that introduction, here is Tortellini Soup:

Tortellini Soup

3 tsp olive oil
1 carrot sliced
1 rib celery
20 oz. chicken broth
13 oz. tomato/basil marinara sauce
3 cups tortellini
Grated parmesan cheese

In saucepan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and sauté carrots and celery for 5 min.

Slowly add chicken broth and marinara sauce.

Bring to low boil and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Stir occasionally.

Add tortellini and cook 4-8 minutes or until tortellini is tender.

Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

 * optional:  add sliced cabbage, zucchini, green beans, cooked sausage, whatever vegetable or meat you have that you think sounds good in it.  (Add a little more broth and sauce to accommodate for the added ingredients.)  Ande is a purist and adds nothing.  Cali is an opportunist and adds everything.  


michelle said...

I love your last two sentences! Favorite recipes deserve safekeeping.

Alisa said...

I love that you have it preserved!
I agree that I enjoyed reading the last two sentences also.

Grace said...

I saved it right away... Thanks, Mom! :)

Whidget said...

I'm definitely an opportunist with soup--it's supposed to have whatever you've got in it!@

Susan said...

Oh I love a good soup recipe! Thanks for sharing Jane!

Monkeys ARDently In Sinc said...

This LOOKS really good, and I can't wait to try it this week! I'll need a good soup after our grueling practices leading up to the most awesomest performances next week! Thanx Jane!

Jess said...

OH YUM!!! Dallas informed me that we will be having this soup for dinner soon ;) Thanks Jane!

Deidra said...

It's definitely soup weather in our blizzardy mid-west life. I only wish I had seen this before I found the recipe for a lentil soup and made a big pot. Nothing wrong with lentils, but they can't compete with tortellini!

Becky said...

Looks yummy!

Rachel said...

YUM! I made this today and it was a perfect Sunday Break-fast meal! Thanks for sharing!!

Jill said...

It's funny to think of the recipe as being safe now that both girls have it. I'm a purist like Ande!