Tortellini Soup

Eighteen minutes.  I timed it.  This “to die for” tortellini soup takes eighteen minutes from pot to mouth.  Next time you go to the store, buy some frozen tortellini.  An eighteen to twenty ounce bag will make a double batch, then the next time you’re in a pinch for dinner…..you won’t be in a pinch for dinner.

I got this recipe from my friend Linda at work.  Originally it was taken from a Slice of Paradise compiled by the Junior League of Palm Beaches.

         Tortellini Soup

  • 1 Tb butter
  • 4 cloves minced garlic ( I buy the pre- minced in a jar so it’s a snap)
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans clear chicken broth
  • 1 (9 ounce) pkg. cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (14 ounce )can stewed tomatoes ( I blend mine in the blender coursly with the spinach so there is texture but it’s kid friendly)
  • 1/2 bunch spinach, stemmed
  • 3 tsp. fresh basil or one tsp. dried basil

Melt butter in large saucepan and saute’ garlic over medium heat for 2 minutes.  Stir in broth and tortellini.  Bring to a boil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes and spinach and basil to the soup.  Simmer 10 minutes more and serve with grated parmesan cheese on top.

Mmmm.

Easy Fool Proof White Chili

Let me tell you something about this chili.  It is incredibly easy and delicious!  Like comparing a book to the movie, this picture does the taste no justice.  All you do is cook the chicken and then combined all ingredients.

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

(2) 15 oz. can white beans

(2) 4 oz. green chilies

(3) 14 oz. can chicken broth

2 cloves minced garlic

1 1/2 tsp lemon pepper

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 cup dried onion

(2) 15 oz. can white corn (not drained)

4 fresh limes

grated cheese

sour cream (can be omitted)

tortilla chips and or warmed tortillas

Cook chicken covered at 250 degrees for about an hour or until fully cooked.  Mix all ingredients except limes, cheese, sour cream and chips/tortillas.  Heat through.  Serve with chips/tortillas, cheese, sour cream (omitted) and freshly squeezed lime juice.  Enjoy…oh, and you’re welcome!