Garden Vegetable Tortellini Soup with Alphabet Pasta
This Garden Vegetable Tortellini Soup is a great way to stay warm for the rest of the winter!
I know I’ve talked about Valentine’s Day a lot and I know it’s over and everyone is moving on to the next holiday (by the way, that is Saint Patrick’s day in case you didn’t realize everything turning Irish and green on Pinterest!) but I just couldn’t help but show you all what I attempted to make for Joe this year. Last year I made him Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers because that recipe brought us together, in a round-about way. This year I wanted to make him something that spelled out my feelings.
A week before Valentine’s we were in the grocery store and he mentioned the alphabet pasta on the shelf. I laughed and moved forward with my shopping but as we were going through each aisle I realized what a great idea he had inadvertently given me. I was grabbing all the ingredients for this Garden Vegetable Tortellini Soup and decided I would add ABC’s to the pot and spell out “I Love You.” I know you guys, I’m just so original and adorable, I really can’t stand it either. (I hope my sarcasm here was obvious, yes?)
In this particular box of pasta, I think they forgot to include an “I” and “Y” so I couldn’t complete my sentence. How disappointing!
I couldn’t very well go back with Joe in tow to grab the alphabet pasta so I decided I would come back and pick them up after work one day.
One winter snow storm leads to the next and there was no way I was setting one foot, not even a pinky toe, into the grocery store. After the storms had passed and Valentine’s Day had come and gone, I confessed my plans for dinner that didn’t work out. So we headed to the store and bought the alphabets together and then came home to make this soup.
This soup recipe comes from the Family cookbook so this is my second installment of Family Traditions! I made some changes to the original recipe and added the alphabet pasta which promptly sucked up all of my broth. So I don’t really recommend doing that unless you cook them separately and then add them to the soup as you are serving.
The cheese tortellini was a really great addition to this vegetable filled soup! I kept this vegetarian friendly with vegetable broth but you could use water or chicken broth if you feel so inclined. I don’t think I’ll be using water any time soon; the broth gives it such a nice extra flavor!
This soup is filled with good for your veggies and low sodium vegetable broth. If you add the alphabet pasta, cook them separately and add when serving so the letters don't soak up all of the broth.
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Total Time: 40 min
2/3 cup carrots, sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or water)
3 1/2 cups celery, sliced
1/2 cup green beans (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup corn (frozen)
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup alphabet pasta (optional)
1/2 cup zucchini, diced
12 oz cheese tortellini
In a large saucepan, saute carrots, onion and garlic over low heat until softened.
Add the celery, green beans, corn, tomato paste, basil, oregano, broth, and salt and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer covered for about 10 minutes or until beans are tender.
If adding alphabet pasta, in a separate pot, cook in enough water to submerge the pasta. Drain and set aside until ready to serve.
Stir in the zucchini and tortellini. Heat for about 10 minutes or until the tortellini is cooked.
ADAPTED FROM KNAPP FAMILY COOKBOOK
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