Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Prep Time: 
40 min prep time
Number of Servings: 
6
Recipe Source: 
From Seriously Good Freezer Meals by Karrie Truman ($24.95, Robert Rose, 2018), Photo Credit: © 2018 Charity Burggraaf

Ingredients

  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen diced carrots or
  • sliced fresh carrots, blanched
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cheese tortellini (about 7K oz)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Garnishes

  • Minced fresh parsley (optional)
  • Fresh thyme leaves (optional)

Directions

Make It Now

  1. In a large pot, combine chicken broth, celery, carrots, rosemary, and parsley. Bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce heat to medium-high and boil for 5 minutes, until carrots and celery are tender.
  2. Add cooked chicken and fresh or frozen tortellini; season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring often, for 3 to 4 minutes (7 to 8 minutes for frozen tortellini), until tortellini are tender and filling is hot. Remove from heat.
  3. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with pepper and parsley and thyme, if using.

Make It a Freezer Meal

  1. In a labeled gallon-size freezer bag, combine chicken broth, celery, carrots, rosemary, and parsley. Seal, removing as much air as possible.
  2. Place cooked chicken and fresh or frozen tortellini in another labeled gallon-size freezer bag. Seal, removing as much air as possible.
  3. Place both bags together as a kit, seal, and freeze.

Thaw and Cook

  1. Place bags in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours to thaw.
  2. Pour contents of broth bag into a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce heat to medium-high and boil for 5 minutes, until carrots and celery are tender.
  3. Add chicken and tortellini; season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, until tortellini are tender and filling is hot. Remove from heat.
  4. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with pepper and parsley and thyme, if using.

Notes

The nourishing chicken and savory broth make this a great meal to add to your freezer for busy nights.

Nutrition Info: 
Per serving: 295 Calories, 26 g Protein, 23 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Fiber, 11 g Total fat (4 g sat), 430 mg Sodium, ★★★★★ Vitamin B3 (niacin), K, ★★★★ Phosphorus, ★★★  Vitamin A, B6, ★★ Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B12, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), C, Calcium, Folate, Iron, Potassium, Zinc

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