Saturday, April 25, 2015

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Ready to make a super easy and delicious soup your whole family is going to love? 

It's pretty much your standard chicken noodle soup...but I added some tortelini instead of egg noodles.

This is my gluten free version of this chicken soup.

Tortelini are available gluten free, but since I can't have dairy I tossed in some gluten free brown rice penne in mine. Delicious.

Before we continue, I want to give you a tip when making soup with tortellini. After cooking the pasta, offer it on the side for your guests and family members to add to their own bowls. This prevents the pasta from soaking up all the delicious broth…not to mention it also prevents your tortellini from becoming larger than life.  I store left-overs separately as well. 

Chicken Tortellini Soup
3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed or shredded.
3 carrots, peeled and sliced or diced.
3 celery stalks, sliced or diced.
1 bay leaf
8-12 cups chicken broth, we like lots of broth. I feel like the amount of broth, (liquid) is a personal choice. 
1 cube chicken bouillon.
1 tsp thyme, crushed.
Salt and pepper to taste. 
1 pkg frozen tortellini, gluten free if needed.
Fresh parsley for garnish.  (optional)

In a large kettle saute chopped vegetables in a small amount of broth for about 3-5 minutes. Add bay leaf and thyme, cook 1 minute more. Add cubed or shredded chicken, 8 cups of broth, and bouillon cube. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add up to 12 cups of broth if preferred.

During the last 10 minutes or so, cook the tortellini in a separate kettle. 
Do not over cook. Drain and set aside to add individually to each bowl. 
Of course you can add all the tortellini to the kettle with the soup the last few minutes of cooking, but know that overnight…any leftovers in the soup will become enormous, and broth will magically disappear by a large amount. 

If you decide to add the tortellini to the soup instead of serving it on the side, just add more broth to the leftovers the next day before heating.

Serve with these super easy homemade dinner rolls.


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