This Creamy Tuscan Tortellini Soup is sure to keep you warm and comforted throughout the cooler months of the year and you're guaranteed to be satisfied. A great weeknight option or weekend addition, this soup boasts of it’s major flavor factor and comes loaded with succulent tortellini pasta, sundried tomatoes, tuscan seasonings + herbs, chopped kale, and bold tomato flavor! Slow Cooker, Vegan + Gluten-Free options.
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Whenever I'm in the mood for something extremely comforting and satisfying, I almost always lean towards tuscan flavors. There's just something amazing about the bold, herby feel of a tuscan blend that get's me right every time. Personally, this Creamy Tuscan Tortellini Soup is just one of those dishes that I could eat year-round without hesitation. This Baked Tuscan Chicken and Gnocchi is another one of those dishes also.
It’s packed with deeply rich and savory flavors from jammy tomatoes and a fragrant Tuscan herb blend that can be stored for future use. If you aren't restricted to only meatless options, then you can spruce things up by adding chicken breasts, shrimp, lobster, etc. and I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed. Don't believe me---try this Easy Weeknight Creamy Tuscan Ravioli! Plus, this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup is a delicious soup to try next!
It's truly one of my staple dishes that I repeat in my house at least once a month when thinking about doing something super easy.
This Soup is absolutely comfort in a bowl and can be enjoyed in it's full indulgence or as a delicious vegan or gluten-free option. If you've been following this blog for sometime, then you're aware of the way that I develop recipes and try to get people confident in the kitchen.
Basically, tortellini are pasta which originated in the Italian region. Traditionally, they come stuffed with a mix of meat, cheese (ricotta or Parmigiano Reggiano), egg, and nutmeg, which is then served in capon broth.
Unlike ravioli which comes square shaped and stuffed, tortellini are ring or navel-shaped (visually similar to a tiny wonton or croissant).
Like with many other types of pasta, you bring a pot of water to a boil, add the tortellini along with olive oil or salt, and let it boil for 4-9 minutes, depending on the packaging and brand----shorter than most other pastas.
General rule of thumb: 2 to 3 minutes for refrigerated (soft) tortellini, 3 to 5 minutes for frozen tortellini, and 10 to 11 minutes for dried tortellini. Signs of doneness are when the pasta floats to the surface of the water, and has an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Tortellini is generally made with either round pasta wrappers or square pasta wrappers. In either case, you'll just be sure to roll your dough as thin as possible. Overall, like most stuffed pasta, try to not over-stuff the centers, always keep the pasta dough covered to avoid drying, use ample flour, and take your time when assembling----al of which helps to make the perfect tortellini.
Regardless of whether you use homemade or not, this creamy soup recipe is sure to come out amazingly!
To make this Creamy Tuscan Tortellini Soup, you'll basically dive right into the recipe by sautéing the garlic and sundried tomatoes over the stovetop in a dutch oven. The tortellini pasta along with the remaining ingredients go into the pot for the soup. Let it simmer a bit more and wallah! Nice creamy results.
Here's what you need to make this Creamy Tuscan Tortellini Soup at home:
It’s super easy to make.
Simple set + forget it—-Simmer, Simmer, Simmer over the stovetop! There's even a slow-cooker option!
Only requires ONE pot.
Makes for a great weeknight meal with a full vegan option.
Smooth, chunky, + comforting, all at the same times.
Perfect Fall + Winter vibes!
Did I mention, it’s just delicious?
Although, kale is the most common veggie used in this creamy tuscan soup, you can definitely use other greens such as spinach, collard greens, bokchoy, etc. for a nice twist! When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?
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The herb-roasted tomatoes offer a delicious umami-packed flavor foundation for the creamy chicken dish.
You can make them ahead of time in the oven, then keep the tomatoes in the fridge unit you're ready to make the chicken. They'll stay fresh for up to three days in an airtight container.
Sure, you can find pre-made seasoning blends at the grocery store. But there's nothing like the fresh, customized flavor you get by making your own blend. The herbs and spices in the Tuscan spice mix for this recipe are inspired by the fresh herbs that grow in Italy, mixed with a bit of heat from smoked paprika.
You can Store the seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. Use it on anything from simple roasted vegetables to salad dressing to herb oil for dipping bread.
I like to add some extra texture to creamy soups like this Creamy Tuscan Tortellini Soup. While the ingredients in this creamy soup is perfect as is, I wanted to share a few more ideas of ingredients that you can add incase you make this soup more than once and want to switch things up!
Other ingredient ideas include:
When it comes to most soup dishes, I often enjoy them with a side of bread of some sort. Most times, I make my own homemade Garlic Bread, however, you can choose to spruce things up with many other options such as:
A delicious Salad
Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, for optimal freshness. Can also be frozen for 4-6 months. To defrost, simply place soup in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before re-heating on the stove top to serve. NOTE: If the soup becomes too thick, add a bit of heavy cream or stock to make creamy again.
To make this soup in the slow cooker, simply sauté garlic before adding everything (including tortellini) into your slow cooker and cooking on a low setting for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally.
Yes! Of course. To make this soup vegan, be sure to substitute the tortellini with a vegan-friendly version, heavy cream with full-fat coconut cream/milk, chicken stock with veggie stock, and cheese with nutritional yeast and/or dairy-free cheese shreds.
To make this soup GF-friendly, simply substitute the tortellini with a gluten-free version (or other pasta) and ensure that other ingredients are GF-friendly and you use GF bread on the side, if using.
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Creamy Tuscan Tortellini Soup.