It was a day where you reach to the back of your drawer and pull out those old worn-thin jeans that are either totally faded or have holes…or both. You know, the ones you should have thrown away two years ago, but convinced yourself you’d only use to paint in or scrub the tub? Uh huh… And then you grab that old sweatshirt that’s been washed so many times it’s hard to tell if that’s the remnants of an old logo or, more likely, a stain. It’s far from flattering, but boy does it feel soft and cozy against your skin.
Yeah it was one of those days! Sore throat…headache…and rain…lots of rain! And I just wanted to be comfy! I wanted comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes (or no shoes) and you better believe I wanted comfort food. And my comfort food of choice for that day? Spinach and Tortellini Soup!
It is some serious coziness in a bowl! I have loved this soup for years. Even as a child, long before developing a taste for spinach, I would eat this stuff up! And now as an adult, it’s one of my go-to recipes because of its deliciousness and ease!
I love the smell of the garlic sautéing in butter and the aroma of the tomatoes and spinach and other goodies melding together as they simmer away. Oh, it’s heavenly! And the Parmesan cheese! Oh, the Parmesan cheese…it is what makes.this.soup! And the leftovers?…ah, even better! So go ahead, Friend…reach to the back of that drawer! Grab those old tattered duds you hate to admit you love and make yourself a bowl of comfort goodness! Buon appetito! =)
3 tbs. Unsalted butter
1 ½ tbs. Minced garlic
10 oz. Frozen chopped spinach (thawed)
2- 14.5 oz. Cans of stewed tomatoes
¼ tsp. Black pepper
¼ tsp. Onion powder
32 fl. oz. chicken broth (GOOD chicken broth =))
9 oz. Package tortellini (I use Buitoni’s Three Cheese Tortellini. I prefer refrigerated over dried pasta.)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Melt butter in a large pot. Add minced garlic and sauté until golden brown. Add thawed chopped spinach and simmer on medium for a couple minutes, stirring occasionally.
Throw stewed tomatoes in chopper or food processor for a few seconds until your desired chunkiness is achieved! I make mine rather small to accommodate my kiddos who are leery of large tomatoes. Plus, I think the flavors blend a little better with smaller pieces! But to each his own!
Add your broth and bring to a boil. At this point, you can either add your tortellini if you wish to eat immediately, or if you are prepping ahead of time, reduce heat and allow to simmer on low until you are ready to proceed. Cook tortellini for the amount of time suggested on the package. Last, stir in your Parmesan cheese!
Have a comfort-filled weekend and please share with me some of your favorite comfort foods! Ice cream is another of mine! Yum…=)