Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2nd Annual Soup Swap ~ Tomato Tortellini Soup

This past weekend we had our 2nd annual soup swap! This is the 3rd freezer swap we have had, and we all look forward to them! It is a great way to have a variety of meals ready to go, without having to prep 5 or 6 different ones! 

The night of the swap we all bring our mini crock pots and try them all for dinner! 

This year, I took Tomato Tortellini Soup.  This soup takes 15 minutes to make, and is a perfect winter meal!

2 T. butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
48oz chicken broth
24oz good-quality marinara sauce (I used Newman's Own one time, and Cascones another)
3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
16oz fresh or frozen cheese tortellini

Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. 
Add onion then season with salt and pepper and saute until tender, 3-4 minutes, next add garlic and saute for 30 more seconds.
Add chicken broth, marinara sauce, and fresh basil. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil.
Add tortellini to boiling soup then place a lid on top, turn heat down to medium, and then cook until tender (6-8 minutes.)

 To fill up the quart sized baggies, I used a big quart measuring cup, and added it to the frozen tortellini.   I did not cook the tortellini, because I didn't want it to get too soggy.  The heat from the soup will heat it up, and when you cook it after freezing it will cook it as well! 
 I put them all in this basket, not the best idea, they froze to the basket! 

This year we ended up with: 
Taco Soup
Potato and Broccoli
Mexi Corn Chicken Chowder
Tomato Tortellini
Indian Stew

Adapted from: Iowa Girl Eats

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