Yes, the soup season has graced us with its presence! Now that the weather is much cooler, I have found myself back in the kitchen ready to cook hot and flavorful things – mostly soup! I thought I would share one of my favorite fall soup recipes with all of you.
Soup is great because you can make a lot at once. If you are having people over, a big pot of hot soup can make a crowd happy, as well as keep you from being stressed in the kitchen. One of my favorites is Sun-dried Tomato and Tortellini soup, which I have made twice in the past few weeks – both on occasions when I was cooking for others. I originally found the recipe on Pinterest from Taste of Home, but have added a few changes. I never can seem to follow a recipe word for word – ingredient by ingredient!
Here is what you will need:
- 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 2 regular cans condensed tomato soup, undiluted
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups half-and-half cream (I used Land O’Lakes fat-free half and half)
- 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
- 10 – 12 chopped cherry tomatoes
- 2 large cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons chopped dried onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Combine all the wet ingredients as well as your diced fresh cherry tomatoes in a large soup pot. After the tomato soup, veggie broth, milk and half and half have combined, start adding in your dry ingredients, as well as the sun-dried tomatoes. You will want to let this simmer for at least 20 – 30 minutes so that all of your flavors combine. It takes some time to pull the flavor out of the sun-dried tomatoes. And also, I am a HUGE believer in flavoring your soup to taste. For my soup, I probably doubled each dry ingredient – especially the garlic and basil. Also, adding fresh basil might be great as well. You can cook longer for a creamier flavor and consistency as well. About 15 minutes before you are ready to serve, add your refrigerated tortellini. They will cook in the soup – you do NOT need to boil them prior to putting them into the soup.
Dish up and garnish with some shredded parmesan! Throw a wonderful organic loaf of bread into the oven for a few minutes to heat and serve for dipping! Your guests will be full and warm.
Try this next time a cold fall night is coming up and have some friends over! This will feed anywhere from 4 – 7 people, depending on how big of an appetite your guests have. Or, you can cook it for yourself and save the rest. This would be a great soup to freeze, or eat for lunches all week!
Do you have a great Fall soup recipe? Share it with me! Post in the comments, on Facebook, or send me an email!
Enjoy this chilly weather and warm your bellies. 🙂
Categories: Food & Recipies