I have a confession to make to everybody today. As much as I do my best to try and follow a low carb diet that consists of a lot of lean cuts of meat, high quality fats, healthy veggies, and of course, superfood soups – I’m totally addicted to tortellini pasta. Or more specifically, I’m totally addicted to this nourishing superfood tortellini soup recipe. It just provides the perfect blend of things that I absolutely love. It offers tortellini pasta stuffed with meat and gooey cheese, a delicious garlic and onion flavor, homemade bone broth, and there’s even a healthy green veggie thrown in for good measure. When you put it all together you end up with a tortellini soup that tastes out of this world good and will leave you feeling full of energy every time you enjoy a bowl of it.
How to Make the Best Tortellini Soup
One of the best parts about this soup recipe is that it’s fairly quick and easy to whip up. Whenever you’re craving it, or you just need a quick boost for your energy, simply add one tablespoon of olive oil into a pot and then heat it over a medium heat. I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a huge fan of cooking with olive oil (I never use any type of vegetable oils) because it’s such a heart healthy option. It’s rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant compounds that have been proven to lower your risk of developing heart disease. (1) When shopping for olive oil, I’d recommend doing a bit of research into different brands to make sure you’re getting a bottle of authentic extra virgin olive oil – there are quite a few brands out there that are rather low quality.
After heating up the olive oil, you’ll be adding in quite possibly my favorite ingredient pairing of all time – onion and garlic. We’ve shared countless superfood soup recipes that offer an unbelievable amount of flavor thanks to the use of garlic and onion, and this one is definitely no exception. While olive oil may be great for your heart health, studies have found that both garlic and onion contain some rather potent cancer prevention properties (2) that help to make this soup recipe a phenomenal choice when it comes to your health.
Next up, you’ll be mixing in four cups of homemade bone broth along with two cups of water and a single 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes. It wouldn’t really be a pasta soup without adding some tomatoes – and canned diced tomatoes work beautifully with the rest of the ingredients used in this soup. Tomatoes are a rich source of the antioxidant lycopene, which provides numerous fantastic benefits for human health. (3) They also provide you with a solid amount of vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, potassium, and other essential nutrients.
Cover the soup with a lid and bring it to a boil before adding in a full package of fresh tortellini. Cook the tortellini according to the directions on the packaging, and once it’s almost done, go ahead and add in your choice of either Swiss chard or fresh spinach. Both options work well when making the soup, as they’re both healthy nutrient-dense veggies that add a ton of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients into the mix.
I usually go with the Swiss chard myself, but only to mix things up a bit since I use spinach often in a lot of other recipes. Whatever you decide on, leave the soup to cook until your choice of veggie is just wilted, then remove the soup from the heat. Season it with a bit of salt and pepper, divide it up between your serving bowls, and to really take things to the next level, you can add ¼ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese as a topping. Adding that one simple optional tweak turns this from a yummy soup recipe into an OMG yummy soup recipe – I highly recommend it!
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Nourishing Superfood Tortellini Soup (Packed with Energy)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ small onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 cups homemade bone broth or stock
- 2 cups water
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (9 ounce) package fresh tortellini
- 10 ounces Swish chard or fresh spinach, chopped
- ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- salt and black pepper
- In a pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the bone broth, water and tomatoes.
- Cover with a lid and bring to a boil.
- Add the tortellini and cook according to package directions.
- When tortellini are almost done, add the swish chard and cook until just wilted.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Divide the soup between serving bowls.
- Top with grated Parmesan and serve.