I’ve been looking for something warm, hearty, comforting, and pretty delicious. This soup fit all of those categories. The addition of shredded chicken made this a great and fast weeknight meal. This was on the table in 30 minutes with little fuss. I made this last week after getting home from work around 6:30 p.m.–I wasn’t in the mood for a full on five course meal prep. The ‘fancy’ fresh tortellini were on sale so I was able to get a package but frozen will also be fine as well.
The other recipe’s I had seen called for half and half, heavy cream, and much more dairy. I compromised knowing that the tortellini would be full of cheese (AKA: delicious calories and/or calcium) and cut out much of the dairy but added a half a block of reduced fat cream cheese to help give it a velvet like texture and some of the milk. You can omit the dairy all together if that makes you happy and just add another can of soup or a can of diced tomatoes. This is a very versatile recipe that I’m pleased to share with you. I really like the base of the soup with the tomato soup, stock, and dairy–this could be a great start to a lot of winter soups now that the weather is turning cold.
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 whole sweet pepper chopped fine
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 cans condensed tomato soup
- ½ cup diced tomatos (canned are fine, it’s also ok to add the whole can if you like)
- 1-½ cup milk
- 2+ cups chicken stock
- 2 tbs italiann seasoning
- ½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoons pepper
- 1 9 oz package of tortellini
- 4 oz. low fat cream cheese (can omit)
- shredded chicken (optional)
- Sweat garlic and pepper with the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat until golden brown.
- When the garlic is done, add tomato soup, tomatoes, milk, cream cheese, chicken stock and spices. Whisk well. The cream cheese will break down once it simmers.
- **if you don’t use the cream cheese, the soup will be thinner in texture, you can add a cornstarch slurry or make a rue if you want a thicker soup/stoup texture.
- Bring to a simmer. Once simmering, drop tortellini into the soup. Cook according to the package directions.
- I added shredded chicken to mine at the end of the cooking time for the tortellini to make a hearty meal.
- You can add more stock if you think it’s too thick or you want to extend the soup for a larger crowd.