CEimB Tortellini Spinach Soup

by Joanne on December 2, 2010

Oh how I miss the warm days of summer…




However, if it were hot outside, we probably wouldn’t be cooking soup!

This week Bri of Yoshimi vs Motherhood picked our Ellie recipe. It was the perfect meal for a rainy, cold night in New York. Quick, easy, filling and delish!  Visit Bri’s blog for the “real”recipe because, as you know, I tweaked it a bit.


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped small
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 14 oz can diced No Salt Added tomatoes
  • 32 oz Vegetable Stock
  • 6 oz baby spinach, chopped
  • 9 oz pkg Whole Wheat tortellini with 4 cheeses
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and let cook another minute.

Add the carrots, celery, mushrooms, oregano, thyme, pepper flakes and cook about 6 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to simmer for 10 –12 minutes.  Add the spinach and tortellini and cook for 6 minutes.


If it were only me enjoying this soup, I would have doubled, no tripled the red pepper flakes.


Ted thought it was a great change of pace.  The vegetable stock with tomatoes created a light liquid with loads of flavor from the aromatics (onions, carrots, celery).

I wouldn’t have missed the opportunity to add mushrooms. Those helped add substance along with the tortellini.


Just don’t forget to top this dish with cheese  and enjoy!

Good pick Bri!
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    • At 2010.12.02 07:47, Heather said:

      What cute pics of you and the pup!!
      Soup is my favorite dish in the winter – so comforting….

      • At 2010.12.02 11:03, Joanne said:

        Thanks. He thought the apple was a replacement to his ball.

        • At 2010.12.02 10:01, Salah Schoenecke said:

          that soup looks so good!!! Those pics of you and your dog are so cute!!!

          • At 2010.12.02 11:03, Joanne said:

            Thank you 🙂

            • At 2010.12.02 10:13, peggy said:

              Good morning! I really love soup, but only in the winter for some reason. You would have loved my soup since I overdid a bit with the red pepper flakes. Chandler would have liked the mushrooms in it that you added. I totally forgot the grated parmesan!! I guess we were just so hungry we just dug right in. He took the leftovers for lunch today. Great job on yours as always! Cute pics of you with the dog!

              • At 2010.12.02 11:08, Joanne said:

                If we were closer, we could’ve “splashed” our soups together for the perfect concoction.

                • At 2010.12.02 12:26, Bri said:

                  I love what you did with this recipe! Mushrooms were a smart addition, and I like that you decreased the broth a bit. Next time I may do that, too. Your soup is so beautiful and vibrant, and I love that soup mug you served it in! Thanks for cooking with me!

                  • At 2010.12.02 13:45, The Rookie Baker said:

                    I love that you added mushrooms to yours! If the husband would eat mushrooms, I would most definitely add them. I am also missing the warmth of summer, but delicious soup recipes like this make it a bit easier to stomach the cold and snow.

                    • At 2010.12.02 16:08, Geeked Chef said:

                      Oh my… what a wonderful recipe. I have had a bad case of the sniffles recently, and this looks like it alongside a nice hot cup of tea will be my medicine. I plan on having this as a post on my blog with a proper linking of course 🙂 If there are any issues please feel free to let me know.

                      • At 2010.12.02 16:17, Amanda said:

                        Delicious looking soup. I love all the bright colors. We’ve had snow on the ground for 2 days now and I don’t like it either!

                        • At 2010.12.02 16:26, Tortellini Spinach Soup | Geeked Chef said:

                          […] As much of a favourite of seasons winter is of mine it can sure be cruel. I am at home on the first cold day of winter here in Florida (it is like 60 pathetic I know, but it was 80 yesterday) and I have a horrible case of allergies.  Sickness aside I do LOVE cooking in the winter. I am and big soups person, and this allows me to really satisfy that love.  I enjoy cooking for my lady and huddling around inside having lazy days around the fireplace watching my favourite tv show on dvd in marathons.  Winter is the one season where I have an excuse to be pale beyond “I am a nerd”.  Today since I am feeling a bit under the weather I will be making tortellini spinach soup. It has a GREAT broth and is made with garlic mmmmmmm and yes it is made with other things too. Actually mostly other things but I have this slightly sick fetish with garlic so I add a little more; however since I am feeling a little under the weather today I will be linking this site to that of another fellow foodie blogger Joanne from Apple Crumbles.  The recipe looks absolutely amazing and is looks to be a very light broth in terms of how it rests after eating but to be packed with flavours. Not to mention healthy and on the lower side of costs.  Tortellini can be purchased in the refrigerated isle of most grocery stores in almost completely prepared form or you can get it in the frozen section for slightly cheaper.  I hope you all enjoy and be sure to drop a comment over on Joanne’s post this recipe looks to be a great one on a cold day. The recipe can be found here link. […]

                          • At 2010.12.02 16:47, Leslie said:

                            Mmm…yours looks so fresh and yummy! I also made a few tweaks and we were quite pleased with how it turned out.

                            Boo cold weather! It’s been two weeks of mornings in the 30s here in northern California, and it’s too early for that!!

                            • At 2010.12.02 17:09, Margaret said:

                              Mushrooms would be a great addition. Unfortunately I am the only one who likes them. Next time – on the side.

                              I like the idea of the veggie stock. Would give it a really full flavor. Next time.

                              Cute pics!!

                              • At 2010.12.02 18:24, Chaya said:

                                I don’t believe it. My post disappeared without me, sending it away. I can’t reproduce it. I am trying not to fall asleep at the computer.

                                I do know that I loved your photo and even more, I loved the bowl that you had the soup in. It was just right for this soup. I also like your additions and changes. Nice job.

                                • At 2010.12.03 00:26, Jenny (VintageSugarcube) said:

                                  That soup look ahh-mazing and perfect for a chilly evening.

                                  • At 2010.12.03 00:45, Sarah said:

                                    I love your blog! I came here for the soup, because it looked delicious, but I love your running posts as well. Would you happen to be from Brooklyn? I was reading about your second half marathon and the photo looks alot like Prospect Park. I’m from Brooklyn but am at college now and I miss running in Prospect Park a lot. I’m hoping to run the Brooklyn half next spring but I’m just getting over an injury so I’m going to have to get to work training.
                                    Anyway, sorry for the rambling comment. Your soup looks delicious and I hope that your running goes well! I’m excited to keep reading!

                                    • At 2010.12.04 16:04, Libby said:

                                      This recipe came through on my Google reader from another blog. I tried it today during our Minnesota snowstorm and it was wonderful!


                                      • At 2010.12.05 10:38, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

                                        Love those summer shots! Especially the ones with Shane. Good looking soup!

                                        • At 2010.12.05 18:39, Kayte said:

                                          What gorgeous photos of this soup! We loved it…finally got around to making it today and it’s a keeper! Yours looks wonderful. And, yes, am wildly missing those summer days…it is currently snowing and blowing here!

                                          • At 2010.12.05 22:35, Cassie H said:

                                            I swapped out a few ingrediants. I added garbanzo beans and fresh corn. It came out muy good. I will pack for this weeks up coming lunch. Thanks for the great recipe.

                                            • At 2010.12.06 16:35, Liz said:

                                              When I first saw your pictures with Shane, I was like “where is she??” LOL I can’t imagine you’ve got shorts weather up there 🙂 Soup looks great! I loved it though I agree about upping the heat factor.

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