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Hockey night: Tortellini Soup

June 8, 2011

Let’s be totally honest here: while the Stanley Cup Playoffs are on and the Canucks are hauling ass out on the ice, gourmet dinners are not, I repeat, NOT happening in my household. Although most of our dinners these past few weeks involve some sort of frozen/canned/pre-prepared/take-out/instant approach, I do have a couple simple & healthy (ish) meals that can be made quickly without missing, say, a winning goal in 11 seconds.  😉

Tortellini Soup

My mom came up with this one and I know many folks out there do some version of this. I love it as it is quick and tasty and fills my belly more than chicken wings.  🙂

1 large can diced tomatoes

1 tetra pack chicken broth (use veg if you want to replace chicken)

1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)

1 package of fresh tortellini (not the family size package, the smaller one; and use cheese or meat filled, whatever you prefer)

fresh spinach (clean and chop into small bite sized pieces)

1/4 tsp dried thyme, basil, oregano

1 large clover of garlic or 2 small ones

salt & pepper

In a large pot bring to boil chicken broth & diced tomatoes. Add spices & garlic and black beans. When you are about 10 mins away from serving up dinner, add tortellini then stir in the spinach at the very end.

Serve up in soup bowls, sprinkle some parmesan on top and a basket of ciabatta bread. This is a hearty meal on it’s own and doesn’t need any other dishes to go with it.

When Simone was eating solids I would make this and puree a small portion and she devoured it. Great way to get some veg, protein, and Italian flavours into your picky kid. Of course she did not eat this the other night, so for her I made scrambled eggs and home made potato chips (future post). Of course you can always portion off some of the chicken broth & diced tomatoes and add macaroni if you picky kid prefers that to tortellini.

Go Canucks Go!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2011 8:12 pm

    Hey Andrea,
    Love your blog! I too have a picky kid, so I am finding this very inspiring! I rely on scrambled eggs and refried beans and cheese with my picky one (he’s 21 months). I’ll be trying this recipe for game 5…fingers crossed:)
    Cheers
    Erin

    • June 8, 2011 8:18 pm

      Hi Erin!
      Thanks for your comment and feedback! And wow, I’m so glad to hear you can find some inspiration in my blog, that’s what it’s all about after all! Please let me know how this recipe turns out for you. I have another one coming – meatballs – super easy and sweet so maybe your picky lil’ one will go for it? We did scrambled eggs for AGES and I was thrilled to at least get that protein into Simone. It’s still my default if all else fails. 🙂

      Good luck, please keep in touch and comment anytime.
      andrea

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