How can it be December already? I swear, the holidays sneak up on me quicker and quicker every year. I love
the month of December, due to all the extra festivities, but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming! Quick and easy dinners are my go-to during this time of year.
is a great meal for a busy night. It's a tomato & vegetable based soup, full of Italian seasonings and cheese tortellini. It's warm, hearty, and soothing, and it comes together in about 30 minutes. It makes a pretty large portion, too. (Leftovers for the win!) Just add a loaf of crusty bread and you've got a complete meal.
Start with your veggies - onion, green pepper, and a little garlic. Saute them until tender.
Then add the beef stock, tomatoes, picante sauce, and seasonings. We've got a little oregano, basil, and Italian seasoning. Let it simmer about 15-20 minutes, and then add the tortellini.
You could use any tortellini (beef, chicken, cheese), but I think cheese is the best. I found this tortellini in the refrigerated dairy section, but frozen tortellini would work as well. Drop your tortellinis into the boiling broth, and cook until al dente.
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You can add a little extra water at this step if it seems like your tortellini has overtaken the pot![/caption]
Serve the soup topped with a bit of Parmesan cheese, alongside a crusty loaf of garlic bread.
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 6-8 cups cans beef stock
- 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
- ½ cup picante sauce
- 1 tsp. ground oregano
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. basil
- 1 16-oz. package frozen or refrigerated tortellini
- Parmesan cheese, for serving
Saute onion, garlic, and green pepper in olive oil until tender. Add broth, tomatoes, picante sauce, and seasonings. Let simmer 15-20 minutes. Increase heat, and add tortellini. Cook according to package directions until tender. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.
*Perfect with some breadsticks or crusty bread.
my mom's good friend Carol