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Italian Tortellini Soup

Contributed by: NAPSA

Fight The Cold Weather With Comfort In A Bowl (NAPSA) - The cold months provide great opportunities to stir up simple, hearty soups to warm family and friends.

Archeologists suggest the consumption of soup dates back more than 5,000 years. It has remained a relished comfort food, and a part of the culinary history of almost every culture. Today it's estimated two million gallons of soup are ladled up per hour.

Professional chefs know soup also provides an opportunity to be creative in the kitchen. It is a versatile dish that can be customized with meat, vegetables and pasta.

Home cooks can practice their own comforting creativity by using Swanson Broth instead of water as a base of flavor for homemade soup. The broth provides a combination of chicken, vegetables and seasonings simmered together for a rich and distinctive taste.

Italian Tortellini Soup is an authentic and delicious recipe that's sophisticated yet easy to prepare. To start, create layers of flavor by combining two cups of Swanson Chicken Broth with chopped onion, sliced carrots, diced celery stalk, minced garlic and dried or chopped thyme.

Bring these ingredients to a boil. Add a little more broth to the simmering mixture, along with some ripe zucchini, plum tomatoes, cheese-filled tortellini, and tender red kidney beans. Bring these items to a boil and serve with grated Parmesan cheese.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme (crushed) or 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 carton (32 oz.) SWANSON Chicken Broth or Natural Goodness™ Chicken Broth
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 4 Italian plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 can (15 oz.) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Place onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme and 2 cups broth in saucepot. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 10 min. or until onion is tender. ADD remaining broth, zucchini, tomatoes, tortellini and beans. Heat to a boil. Cover.

Cook 15 min. or until tortellini is done. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Prep Time: 15 min., Cook Time: 35 min.

Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings

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