Yes, we’re back in the giant Taste of Home cookbook this week to talk about another favorite of ours: Holiday Tortellini Soup. I think this is the one that we’ve made the most changes to: by not adding in one of the major listed ingredients.
What We Changed: I’ve never liked sausage-like meats in my soup, nor have I really liked ham in general, so the first time I made this I left out the pancetta/bacon that it called for, and it was so amazing that we’ve never bothered adding it in the first place. Steven never even knew it was missing – until he read the recipe for himself and went, “Hey, where’s the bacon?” And then admitted that it’s fine by itself.
The second major change I’ve made to this is that we put HALF of the amount of chicken stock in that it calls for. Nearly 50 ounces of broth is an insane amount, and the first time we made this the soup was so watery that we ended up throwing most of the base away after fishing our tortellini out of it. Trust me when I tell you that twenty-five ounces of chicken stock/broth is the perfect amount for this soup! Looking at the images on the website makes me think that they’ve made a mistake somewhere (but the 49.5 oz measurement is in both the cookbook and online!), because theirs is way thicker-looking than the first batch I made.
And then of course we use a whole bag of frozen cheese tortellini from Winn Dixie: it’s sixteen ounces, which is almost double what the recipe calls for but who’s really going to argue about more tortellini? (And honestly – I can’t IMAGINE how much soup base there is left over with the original recipe with half the tortellini and more than double the broth!) I did this mainly because I didn’t want to deal with a leftover half-bag of tortellini.
Isn’t That A Lot of Spinach?: Why yes, yes it is. But trust me when I tell you that you’re going to want all 8 ounces in there, because it really helps thicken up the soup (and it’s good for you!). I was never a huge spinach fan and now suddenly I’m putting it in nearly every dish I make???
Final Thoughts: This is an incredible soup recipe that makes enough for 5-6 servings, so we always have leftovers for the next day. It would be an incredible dish to make if you’re having a couple of friends over, and I’m going to be bold enough to rate it 5/5 stars with the way I’ve changed the recipe. I would have given it 4/5 stars with the original way I made it (all that chicken broth, holy cow!), but reducing the broth and upping the amount of tortellini makes this recipe a stellar addition to our weeknight meal rotation. Plus, it warms up very well the next day (no soggy tortellini!), and it tastes great. Just be sure not to forget your salt!
Do you have a favorite tortellini recipe? Let me know in the comments!
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