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I love to make hearty soups in the winter and there's nothing better than a warm & hearty soup with a side of crusty bread. One of my favorite soups to make is Tortellini Soup and I serve it with a crusty bread or Stacy's Pita Chips, my favorite is Tuscan Herb. I found this recipe for Tortellini soup in a magazine years ago and I make it often in the fall and winter.
Hearty Tortellini Soup
2 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped fine
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 (13 1/2 ounce cans) Chicken or Beef Broth OR 1 32 ounce Container of Broth
1 (8 ounce or larger...use more broth) fresh, frozen or dry cheese tortellini
1 (10 ounce) package fresh or frozen spinach, thawed
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes (I like to use the flavored garlic&herbs)
or can stewed tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
Grated Parmesan Cheese
In large saucepan, over medium-high heat cook garlic in oil for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add broth and tortellini, heat to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Add spinach and tomatoes; simmer 5 minutes more. Serve topped with cheese, if desired. Serve with a crusty bread or pita chips. Serves 6 or more.
( I tend to have to add more broth as the tortellini seem to absorb the broth).
3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can beer
1/2 cup melted butter (1/4 cup will do just fine)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients and beer.
Pour into a greased loaf pan.
Pour melted butter over mixture.
Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
UPDATED NOTES: Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must-do. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a "hard biscuit" as some have described. That's because they aren't sifting their flour! If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to spoon the flour into the 1 cup measure. Try it once the "correct" way and you will see an amazing difference in the end product.