Monday, March 2, 2015

Chicken Tortellini Soup

One of my very first blog posts was a recipe for Sausage Tortellini soup.  It was inspired by a delicious hearty soup that Babe and I used to eat when we were too lazy to cook.  So while that was a fantastic recipe in its own right, it wasn't quite close enough to the soup we used to eat.

So last night, since the weather was chilly, I decided to give it a whirl again.  This version is amazing and even better, it's way more waist-line friendly.  I used chicken instead of sausage and replaced the cream cheese with some cubed mozzarella cheese.  I hope you like it!

Chicken Tortellini Soup


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 C onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced'
  • 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 C chicken stock
  • 1/3 C parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried chili flakes (more or less depending on preference)
  • 1/2 C fresh mozzerella, cubed
  • 8 oz frozen cheese tortellini
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil for garnish
Method:
  1. Stir together all ingredients (up to the mozzerella) in a slow- cooker
  2. Cook on low 7 hours (or high 4 hours)
  3. Remove chicken and shred
  4. Add chicken back into slow cooker along with the mozzerella and tortellini. 
  5. Cook on high another 30 minutes
  6. Serve with basil for garnish

Notes:
  • You could eliminate the mozzarella and bump up the parmesan cheese if desired
  • You could also replace the tortellini with any short dried pasta like penne or fusilli.