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Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Tortellini Vegetable Soup 6.000

Laura Chase de Formigny; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Nourish Oct 1, 2020

This soup has all the familiar comfort of a classic minestrone, but with the unexpected addition of fresh tortellini instead of the typical beans and elbow macaroni. Packed with vegetables and made hearty with the cheese-stuffed pasta, it’s a nourishing bowl with a fresh, fun appeal.

Storage Notes: The soup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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Tested size: 6 servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (about 6 ounces), diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 8 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • One (14-ounce) can no-salt-added petite diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • One (9-ounce) package fresh store-bought cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups (2 ounces) lightly packed baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese


In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute more.

Add the tomatoes, the broth and 2 cups water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

Add the tortellini, return the broth to a boil, then cook, uncovered, 1 minute less than the directions on the package indicate; the tortellini should rise and float. Stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted, 1 minute more. Taste, and season to taste with more salt, if desired.

Ladle into 6 bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

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From cookbook author and nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 226

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 22mg 7%

Sodium: 512mg 21%

Total Carbohydrates: 32g 11%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 13g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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