My cousin Betsy, who has probably never made a bad meal in her life, has an IG page where she uses the hashtag #foodporn. I'm going out on a limb that is probably the only time she's used the word "porn". But she posts recipes there.
My cooking, I steal from other sites. I'm guessing Betsy does a lot of it from scratch.....or scratch-lite. Do I think she's making her own tortellini? I do not.
So she posted a recipe for Chicken Tortellini Soup, and I was immediately drawn to it.
Yeah, it's soup, but with chicken and cheese tortellini, it's the main course. And oh so frickin' good. It's Betsy - so I can't really drop all the f-bombs I usually do.
Yeah, there are a number of ingredients, but it's not horribly labour intensive at all. And it's basically all in one dutch oven.
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 diced onion
4 garlic cloves diced
1 Tablespoons tomato paste
14oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups roasted chicken breast cut into bite size pieces (season when roasting to layer in flavor. You can also cut up a rotisserie chicken to save time)
1 Parmesan rind
4-5 c chicken stock
3/4 c heavy cream
10 oz refrigerated cheese tortellini
Parmesan cheese & crushed red pepper
Heat oil in a large pot over medium low heat and add onions , garlic, pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté until tender about 5 min.
Stir in tomato paste and cook for a few minutes. Add tomatoes, chicken, parm rind and 4 c broth. Bring to boil then simmer for 30 min.
I had chicken thighs on hand, so that is what I used. I cooked them in the air fryer first and cut them up before putting them in the pot. And I can't believe I had a parm rind to throw in too!
Then add in cream, spinach, tortellini and cook until spinach wilts and pasta plumps up about 5 min.
Add more stock if needed. Taste here, I added more salt and lots of freshly ground pepper and red pepper flakes.
I had added some red pepper flakes in the simmer process (two pics above) and again here. There were no amounts given, and well........when it somes to red pepper flakes I always err on the side of "more!".
It "plated" up nicely. We used spoons. Had rustic bread with it for dipping and cleaning up the bowl. I know it was a soup, but it didn't feel like one. Hearty and light at the same time.
It made five big servings. My sister-in-law tried some and put it over rice. This worked for her as the rice helped with how much red pepper I put in. She's not a huge fan of that kind of spice, but she loved it too.
This one is a winner that I'll keep making.