Saturday, February 27, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Tortellini Soup & Beer Bread

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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).

Beer Bread


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.

*I haven't made this Beer Bread recipe (found at  Recipezaar) but I plan to make it.


  1. Yummy!!!
    I just added this recipe to my file and I'm going to make it this week!!

  2. That looks delicious and not difficult to create! I'll have to try it.

  3. I make beer bread frequently but I've never made the Tortellini Soup-thanks for the recipe! Have a great weekend!

  4. I love soup and will definitely try this recipe. Thanks!

  5. Both of these recipes look so good. Tortellini is new to me and I can't wait to try it. Both look fairly easy but the result says "I worked all day preparing this from scratch meal for you." Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  6. Wow, those both look delicious! I am definitely going to add the tortellini recipe to my files to try soon -- soup is so good in the winter.

  7. Thanks for the tip about the sifting of flour -- never knew to do that for bread making!

  8. So funny -- I made a similar tortellini soup just this week. One of my favorite go-to meals in the winter.

    That beer bread looks good too.

  9. I enjoyed a big bowl of tortellinis last evening. Having them in soup would have been even better.

  10. I'm pretty sure that the Tortellini Soup would be a big hit in my house. Thanks ... I am adding this one to my files!

  11. The soup and bread both look great - I'm going to try both.

  12. The soup looks hearty-I am not a huge beer fan so I stay away from anything with it.

    here is mine:

  13. this sounds so good, I think i'm going to go make it right freaking now.


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