Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Italian White Bean, Pancetta, and Tortellini Soup


Even with the warm weather finally upon us, I still can't resist stirring up a big, steamy pot of soup. I love to portion it for easy lunches and weekday dinners so that I never have to stress about having meals available. I first discovered this soup through Everyday Pasta and after a few tweaks (like reducing the amount of pancetta and swapping out the swiss chard), have personalized the recipe a bit.

You know that I'm not exactly a kitchen superstar, but luckily this is one of the easiest recipes to successfully complete. You start by doing some chopping...


...then saute your veggies and pancetta.


Stir in some broth and spinach...


...then cook your tortellini!


You're left with a piping bowl of tortellini soup that makes enough servings for a small dinner party or for you to store the leftovers for yourself. I love that all of the cooking takes place in one pot - much less to clean up!


Italian White Bean, Pancetta, and Tortellini Soup

Ingredients (for 6 servings)
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 oz. pancetta, chopped
* 3 shallots, chopped
* 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
* 3 garlic cloves, chopped
* 15 oz. cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
* 4 cups spinach, chopped
* 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
* 1 (9 oz.) package of fresh spinach tortellini (I used Trader Joe's)
* Salt and pepper to taste
* Optional garnish: Cheese sticks

1) Head the olive oil in a large soup pot and saute the pancetta, shallots, carrots, and garlic over medium-heat until the pancetta is crispy (approximately 5 minutes).

2) Stir in the beans, spinach, and chicken broth. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. 

3) Add the tortellini and cook for approximately 8 minutes.

4) Season with salt and pepper, and serve with cheese sticks.


I seriously eat this soup all the time (in fact, there is only one serving left in my fridge...looks like I'll be making a trip to the grocery store pretty soon).


Which easy recipe is your favorite to have quick meals handy?

xoxo
B

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18 comments :

  1. Hearty and delicious! I always keep tortellini in the freezer so I can whip up a nice soup on a moment's notice.

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    1. The tortellini definitely makes it a filling meal - if you have any soup recipes to share, I'd love to try them out!

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  3. That looks really yummy, and pretty simple to make! I'm def adding it to my soup rotation!

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    1. It's seriously super simple to make (otherwise, it wouldn't be in my rotation haha!).

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  4. Looks awesome! I'm yet to try cooking anything with tortellini but I love a nice soup!

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    1. Me too - I eat soup at least once a day! The tortellini makes it pretty hearty.

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  5. Yummy. I will save this when my new eating plan opens up to more foods!

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    1. I'm excited to follow along and see how your new plan goes...good luck :)

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  6. Holy YUM! I love soups and it's been so dreary around these parts lately... I'll have to bust this recipe out on the next rainy day! :)

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    2. Today is pretty gray and misty so I'm happy to have this soup to keep me warm! Let me know what you think of it!

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  7. Wow this seriously sounds so yummy! Now I'm wishing for a cool, rainy day so I can try this!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  8. This sounds like such a healthy and delicious soup!! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Yum, this looks delicious especially with the tortellini. Soup is so awesome to make in advance and then portion it out. I might try to make a big pot of this to have in the freezer for after the baby comes... thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. This would be perfect for easy post-baby meals...this recipe totally eased my adjustment into my new job since I didn't have to worry about making dinner when I came home!

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