READY, SET, SOUP!

by jerseygirl on October 22, 2008 · 46 comments

The weather has been really chilly even for this time of year. When the chill starts, there is nothing better than a nice hot bowl of soup. It is even better when the soup can be made quickly. With soccer, karate, drama and cub scouts, our week nights are really busy. This soup can be on the table in 20 minutes. I like to make my own chicken stock and keep some in the freezer. However, there are times when I also like to reach in the pantry and pull out a container of broth from Trader Joe’s. There are many good brands in the supermarket and I think the natural chicken broth without the MSG are the best brands to use. I also buy the low sodium kind so I can control the saltiness of the soup.

This recipe requires minimal ingredients and the best part is the leftovers. I love having a bowl of soup for lunch the next day. That is what I am having right now. Pair this with a salad or sandwich and you are set for dinner.


Chicken Tortellini Florentine Soup

8 cups chicken stock or broth
5 ounces frozen spinach (1/2 of a 10 oz package)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
16 oz package frozen cheese tortellini (I used tri colored)
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese for serving

In a large pot, heat stock until boiling. Add frozen spinach and cook until broken up. Add chicken and tortellini. Cook tortellini according to time of package instructions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grated cheese on top. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Robin Sue October 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm

What a nice and easy soup for a chilly day. I think my kids would eat this too!

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nicole October 22, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Ohhh that looks perfect for a nice cold day. Also congrats on your award. HoneyB gave you the same award.

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Adam October 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm

I didn’t know you did Karate AND Cub Scouts? Oh… you mean your kids 🙂 Anyways, this soup sounds great, and I agree it is getting kinda cold lately. I even turned the heat on… which is saying something.

Thanks for the good luck. I shall return with good stories 🙂

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Birdie October 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I love the tortellini. This soup looks like a really good and lite treat

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Allie October 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Great soup! I love how simple it is yet still full of flavor.

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Beth October 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm

The tortellinin makes it a bit more substantial – a great weeknight supper

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Lucy October 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm

It's soooo chilly here actually cold, wind blowing making it that much colder… so this soup, quick, easy, & looking so good will do just fine!!

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mikky October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm

what a great idea… so simple, yet looks good… 🙂

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Yasmeen October 22, 2008 at 4:51 pm

It certainly is a warming bowl of soup to relish at this time of year. I love all the nutritious ingredients in it, especially the spinach:)

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The Blonde Duck October 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm

That sounds wonderful! And looks soo easy!

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Clumbsy Cookie October 22, 2008 at 5:56 pm

It’s like an upgrade of chicken soup with pasta! Very nice, love the tortellini!

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Jennifer October 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm

omg so good! I need to start making soup…

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Pam October 22, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Simple and perfect. I love making quick but tasty soups.

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Barbara Bakes October 22, 2008 at 6:12 pm

I think my family would really like this – I’m going to give it a try soon!

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Stacey Snacks October 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm

2 Jersey girls having soup for dinner!
I also made homemade chicken orzo soup for the 1st time.
Your soupie looks good!
Stacey

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Veronica October 22, 2008 at 8:06 pm

What a perfect but simple meal for a cool day!

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Aggie October 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

I’ve been in the soup mood too! Just made some minestrone tonight…

I love your soup! It looks delicious, all my favorite things!

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Zesty Cook October 22, 2008 at 8:52 pm

I have been craving soup all day due to the tempreature!! That looks delicious…. thanks for sharing

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Emily October 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Ooooo I can taste this soup! It looks sooooo inviting!

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Leslie October 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Your soup looks comforting and super easy! I love it!

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Patsyk October 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm

With the chill in the air today, that soup sure looks wonderful!

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Sunday Baker October 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm

I love soup with tortellini. This looks delicious!

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Barbara October 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Your soup sounds delicious. We are getting rain and cold weather over night. This would be a good one for me tomorrow.

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Jenny October 22, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Mmmmm Lisa,
I’ve started my soup kick too. Just made my first batch of the season and am loving it! I hope to try your lovely soup very soon! have a great night!

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bridgett October 23, 2008 at 12:28 am

I love the idea of using the tri colored pasta to give it that extra boost of interest. Great idea Lisa! This sounds so comforting. Now I just need it to start cooling down around here to start a pot or two of soup.

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That Girl October 23, 2008 at 12:49 am

I’ve made something very similar – love how easily it can be thrown together.

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EAT! October 23, 2008 at 7:34 am

The last few weeks, we have had a pot of soup ready to go in the refrigerator. I’m not sure if I’m ready for for the cold weather though.

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Prudy October 23, 2008 at 8:51 am

Perfect! I love fast and easy soup recipes!

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RecipeGirl October 23, 2008 at 9:00 am

You’re getting that chilly weather back there, and yesterday I was in shorts, tank top and flip flops all day. It’s our warm wind time of year. Great weather for wildfires. Thankfully none near us this year.

That being said, I still crave soup. This one looks easy and delicious. I’m headed up to Seattle today to see my sis. I’m hoping for cool, soup-making weather!

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Glamorous Life of a House Wife October 23, 2008 at 9:22 am

Yum – that soup DOES look delish! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, lady.

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Maria October 23, 2008 at 9:29 am

I made a tortellini soup not to long ago and fell in love. Can’t wait to try this one!!

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Katherine Aucoin October 23, 2008 at 10:40 am

Mmm, this looks fantastic. Soup is so wonderful when it’s chilly outside.

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Amy October 23, 2008 at 12:41 pm

This looks great!! I love chicken tortellini soup! Planning to make some soon!

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biz319 October 23, 2008 at 4:58 pm

That looks really good! Nice and quick too, although I do love a soup that takes a long time to simmer – the smells in the house are divine!

Thanks for the recipe.

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Jeena October 23, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Lovely soup Lisa I love the dish you served it in. 🙂

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Dawn October 23, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Oh that does look so warming. It is cold out these past few days isn’t it?
I keep forgetting that you can add spinach to a good torto soup. Good advice Lisa

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Jan October 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

It seems like everyone is making soup at the moment, myself included. I like that this is so quick and easy, perfect for a week night.

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*Priscilla* October 23, 2008 at 8:32 pm

that soup looks very yummy and comforting. the grated cheese on top sounds delicious!

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Mary Ann October 23, 2008 at 11:52 pm

This looks super fab! I love quick and easy soups that are full of yummy ingredients!

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Lori October 24, 2008 at 7:26 am

I love it, so simple yet it sounds and looks so good! 🙂

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Candy October 24, 2008 at 10:14 am

What a perfect soup! Yum

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Rosie October 24, 2008 at 12:42 pm

A lovely soup Lisa and just perfect for these cooler days!

Rosie x

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Debbie October 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Very nice hearty soup for chilly weather. My family loves tortellini. I will have to try them in soup. Great idea.

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ChefDruck October 24, 2008 at 10:21 pm

I am so in the mood for soup. This looks filling and delicious!

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1215656559s20768 October 25, 2008 at 8:23 pm

This looks delicious. And pretty darn easy.

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Colleen October 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm

What a quick and delicious idea!

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