Tonights meal was a really quick and easy meal I’d love to share with you all. I had stocked up on some fresh pasta from the Tesco because all of their pasta variations looked great. My original plan was to just throw some Alfredo sauce on top because my husband had asked for a quick and simple pasta. If you’ve gotten to know me, then you know I rarely do quick and simple. If you’ve been reading you are well aware I’m on a soup kick and I’m trying to work out recipes for my upcoming cookbook. I’ll let you know now, this one is definitely making a feature. Since this wasn’t my original plan I had to run out to the store and grab some chicken. I was sooo close to grabbing some breasts to cook and dice up and then I saw it, the last roasted rotisserie chicken in the store. I took it a sig that this was destiny. By using the rotisserie chicken, the flavor would be so much better and the cook time so much quicker. I grabbed it and some extra broth and made my way back home.
The base of this recipe started with mirepoix which is the french version of the trinity – Carrot, Celery and Onions. I sautéed that first before adding in the remaining ingredients. All in all start to finish this recipe only took me about 30 minutes with minimal dishes. I know, I know I said I rarely do quick and simple which was not my initial plan. I however, could not have asked for a better soup with so much flavor bursting from each spoonful in such little time. The carrots were supple, the tortellini was fresh and cooked to perfection. The chicken was so tender it literally fell off the bone as I was preparing it. When it all came together it was holy matrimony. As an added bonus I had 2/3 of a whole chicken left for a second meal. My only regret in making this recipe was not making a bigger pot so feel free to double it.
Chicken and Cheese Tortellini Soup
2 cups Roasted Chicken 3 cups mirepoix – (carrots, onion, celery)
32oz chicken broth 1 Tbsp butter
1 pkg cheese tortellini 3 cloves of garlic minced
4-5 fresh basil leaves 2 Tbsp Tuscan seasoning (if available)
2 cups of water
In a large stockpot melt 1 Tbsp of butter and add mirepoix. Saute mirepoix for 4-5 minutes until it the onions and celery start to become translucent and slightly caramelized. Next add the minced garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes be sure it doesn’t start to burn. Then add in the chicken broth and allow it to come to a rolling boil. Add chicken and basil allow to cook for 5 minutes. Next add 2 cups of water and 2 Tbsp of Tuscan seasoning. Add tortellini and allow to cook until pasta doubles in size and floats about 5-6 minutes.
- You can substitute the chicken broth for vegetable broth and remove the meat to make it vegetarian friendly.
- If Tuscan spice isn’t available mix equal parts – 1Tbsp of basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and parsley then add 1 tsp of salt, black pepper, garlic powder and lemon pepper and onion salt.