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3 Cups homemade chicken or turkey stock
2 Cups of fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 Cup of Fresh cheese tortellini
1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
Kosher Salt & Fresh black pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1. In a medium sized stock pot, heat the chicken stock on the stove until boiling. Reduce to a simmer. Add the bouillon cube and stir until it is dissolved.
2. Add the tortellini and cook per the package instructions.
3. Add the fresh spinach one minute before the pasta is done.
4. Taste the soup and adjust your salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve in soup bowls topped with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
NOTE: My spinach & cheese tortellini soup is fast and easy to make and if you have your homemade chicken stock pre-made and waiting for you in the fridge or freezer, this meal comes together in under 10 minutes. Homemade stock is what makes all the difference in this soup. Having it on hand is fabulous for all kinds of things and once you’ve made your own stock, you’ll see and taste the difference. When I make my stock, I don’t use a lot of salt since I’m not always sure how I’ll use the stock in later dishes. Since I’m using the stock today for a very simple soup, I add the bouillon cube to up the salt and chicken flavor but that is totally optional. You could just add salt to taste. But, I’m a big fan of the bouillon cube in this dish. Definitely an old trick handed down to me by a boyfriend’s mom. When it works, it works.
Now, here is another tip. Don’t get hung up if you don’t have your own homemade stock. A good quality store bought stock will work just fine, just be sure to add the bouillon cube. This is one of those great meals that kids like too. It is fabulous when you are under the weather and hearty enough to substitute for a meal. Serve it with some crusty bread, and you are good to go.
I also really like the fresh tortellini you can buy at the grocery store – Rana is a favorite of mine but Buitoni makes a pretty good one as well. These aren’t frozen stuffed pastas but rather fresh. I really like the taste better. But feel free to use the frozen tortellini you can get in the frozen food section at the grocery store – they work just fine. You can also try different flavors of tortellini to shake it up. They often come stuffed with turkey, mushrooms, seafood and meat.
When choosing spinach for this dish, fresh spinach if a must. I like the baby spinach since the leaves are smaller and more tender and that is perfect for this soup. As with all my recipes, feel free to add some shredded chicken or turkey meat or other veggies. Make it your own. Grate or shave the Parmesan (use a vegetable peeler) on top and enjoy.
If you like this soup (and I hope you do), try some of my other favorite soup recipes:
15 Bean soup with Spinach and Canadian Ham
Beef, Vegetable and Barley Soup
Minnesota Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup