spring chicken soup with tortellini & spinach

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~ spring chicken soup ~

It’s a little chillier today than it has been the last couple days, and the forecast says possible rain. I have a few light soups in my recipe box that I like to take out in early spring, on days just like today. This little soup cooks up quickly, and is hearty enough to stand on it’s own, but feel free to serve it with homemade buttered bread and a cup of your favorite tea.

3 Tablespoons olive oil

3 large carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal

1 large onion, chopped

2 large cloves garlic, minced

4 (14.5 oz cans chicken broth) or homemade stock

1 cup dry white wine

18 oz. tortellini (any type)

3 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces (pre-cooked rotisserie chicken works well here)

1 Tablespoon chopped, fresh herbs (oregano, thyme and basil are especially good)

5 oz. fresh spinach, washed

1/2 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

Heat oil in a large, heavy stock pot or Dutch oven. Add carrots and onions. Cook for 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic. Cook one minute longer. Add chicken broth and wine. Bring to boil. Add tortellini, chicken and herbs. Reduce heat and boil gently for 4 minutes. Add spinach and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until the tortellini is done. Ladle into bowls, and sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.



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  10 comments for “spring chicken soup with tortellini & spinach

  1. March 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Melissa~ I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award because I ♥ your blog and think you have a wonderful blog! Have a fantastic week my friend!

    • Melissa
      March 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate it, and am so honored that you read my blog. xoxo


  2. March 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Yum! This sounds so tasty and comforting!

    • Melissa
      March 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Brianne! This is a great little recipe. SO easy, especially if you use the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the market. enjoy!

  3. March 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    This is comfort in a bowl! Thanks for sharing this recipe! It sounds great… and the picture is beautiful!

    • Melissa
      March 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      So pleased you like the recipe! enjoy, and thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. April 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I have a similiar recipe that I make and I love it! So light and delicious. Thanks for sharing on Fit and Fabulous. 🙂

    • Melissa
      April 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Hi Amee! I agree. And what an easy, healthy meal for busy evenings 🙂 xo

  5. Pamela Karwasinski
    March 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Are the carrots a little bit crunchy?

    • Melissa
      March 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Pamela 🙂 No, they turn out firm and tender when cooked according to these directions. Thanks for visiting! enjoy.

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