Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's All Over! Chicken Tortellini Soup...........So YUMMO!

Well Christmas is over, New Years is over!  We still have our Christmas Tree up, only until this weekend.  I have enjoyed the season so, but I am happy it's over, and ready for life to get back to normal.  Life here has been busy, the kids are back to school, and Becca made the high school play, and she is so very excited, but that means staying after school until 5:30 every evening, busy times! 

We had no snow at all this Christmas Season, and it hasn't been very cold either.  Yesterday we woke up to a pretty dusting of snow on the ground, and very COLD temps, only in the 20's all day yesterday, and this morning it was only 7 degrees!!!!  CHILLY! 

With all the heavy eating the past two months, and the very cold weather, last night I made a delicious Chicken Tortellini Soup.  It was light and fresh tasting, and so easy, my family loved it!  I started the soup just like I would a regular Chicken Noodle Soup, but added the Tortellini instead of the egg noodles at the end.  Here's the recipe!  YUMMO!

Chicken Tortellini Soup

3 chicken breasts uncooked chopped into small pieces
2 TBS Canola Oil
1 large onion minced
2 carrots peeled and chopped
2 stalks of celery chopped
4 chicken bouillon cubes or more to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp garlic power
chopped fresh parsley about 3 TBS or more if you like
1 TBS fresh chopped basil
3 TBS corn starch mixed with 1 cup of COLD WATER (for a slight thickening)
7 Cups water

In a large stock pot, add about 2 TBS oil and cook the chicken for about 5 mins until no longer pink.  Add the onions, celery, and carrots, add about 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper, stir and saute for about 5 minutes.  Add the water, chicken bouillon, garlic powder, chopped fresh parsley, and basil, stir and bring to a a boil for 1 minute, then cover and lower to a simmer.  Cook on the stove on low for 3 hours.  Taste the soup, what do you need, more salt, pepper, another bouillon cube?  I like my soups well seasoned, so I usually add more salt and pepper at this point.  Add the 3 TBS corn starch to the one cup of  COLD water, and mix with a fork, add to the soup, and stir very well until incorporated.  This will slightly thicken the soup.  Cover and cook for another 20 minutes.  Cook the Tortellini in a large pot of boiling water until tender, drain the water and add them to the Soup, stir and simmer for another 10 minutes or so.  Enjoy!


Lianne said...

Sounds great! What kind of tortellini do you use? And how much? I think my family would like this.

Anonymous said...

This soup was awesome.

Liz said...

Lianne...thank you for commenting, sorry I forgot to say how much Tortelli, I used 2 bags, and it was cheese Tortellini! Sorry! It was so yummo, my son loved the broth, that's what he said! :)