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Garlicky Tortellini, Spinach, and Tomato Soup

Garlicky Tortellini, Spinach, and Tomato Soup

Now that the nights are getting chilly once again, itís the perfect time for a bowl of garlicky soup, filled with garden tomatoes and spinach. This soup is substantial enough for supper, along with a crisp salad and a loaf of crusty bread (or the tomato-corn muffins in this issue), or you can serve it for lunch on a weekend. Either way, this is Italian country soup with garden flavor and lots of healthy nutrition: cancer-fighting lycopene from tomatoes and eye-loving lutein from spinach along with the healing magic of garlic make this one soup recipe youíll want to keep.

Itís easy to make, too! Hereís how:


4 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 to 10 garlic cloves, chopped
8 cups good-quality vegetable broth
12 ounces fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
3 cups ripe tomatoes, diced (or one 28-ounce can, with liquid)
1 pound spinach, washed and stemmed; coarsely chopped if large
10 to 20 basil leaves, coarsely chopped
Grated Parmesan, preferably Parmigiano Reggiano

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook halfway, about 5 minutes for frozen pasta, less if using fresh.

2. Add the tomatoes, reduce heat to simmer, and cook just until the pasta is tender. Stir in the spinach and basil and cook until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

3. Serve sprinkled with the grated cheese.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Inspired by Cooking New American, by the editors of Fine Cooking Magazine (Taunton Press, 2004).

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1:44PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Sounds delish.

7:20AM PST on Dec 24, 2012


3:53AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

in a pan prepare some onion,garlic,leek and aubergine with turmeric,olive/coconut oil,oregano,salt and pepper,nigella seeds,fresh ginger and curcuma to mention but a few and just any other herb and spice on your list.
while that is going take 3-4 medium size tomatoes diced and boil in large pot covered in water-adding some of the same herbs and spices.
once veggies are nicely coloured,add to tomatoes and continue some 20 min. to boil.
close lid and leave for 20min more and ready to mix and enjoy.

7:35PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

going to make this tonight! Yum

1:44PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Deve essere veramente buona. Grazie

1:13PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012


11:54PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

YUM! Thanks!

5:21PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Thanks for this great recipe.

6:46AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

This sounds delicious, I'm definitely going to try it. Thanks!

4:14AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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