Well, here we are at December.  After a beautiful fall, winter is slowly creeping in. There’s no snow on the ground, but the signs are everywhere…

Christmas lights twinkling in the neighborhood…

Advent calendar countdowns…

Pulling out mittens, scarves and hats to bundle up for the walk to school…

Feeling the itch to bake all our favorite holiday goodies…

Feeling the pull to cozy up on the sofa, under our favorite quilt…

Listening to the boys giggle as they watch ‘Elf’

Coming in from the cold, to a home filled with the smell of soup simmering away on the stovetop…

tortellini soup

This soup is a twist on my favorite Minestrone Soup recipe, served with some crusty bread and a side salad it is a wonderful meal to warm up to on a cold day.

tortellini soup

Tortellini Soup


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion sliced thin
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes, including juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped, fresh parsley
  • 4 cups cheese filled tortellini, cooked separately, according to package directions
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add in celery, carrots, onion and garlic. Saute until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, stock, basil, oregano and parsley. Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. To serve place 1/2 cup of cooked tortellini in bottom of soup bowl. Ladle soup over top and serve.

tortellini soup

As I am writing this, listening to the cold wind howl, it seems like this might be the perfect thing to make for our supper tonight.  What kind of soups do you like to cozy up to on blustery, winter days?


5 Responses to Tortellini Soup

  1. cheryl says:

    Your soup looks like something my kids would love. Tortellini just screams fun, somehow.

    I make a lot of soups this time of year, too. Mostly clean-out-the-fridge types on Saturdays when I panic that the Sunday farmers’ market is approaching and I still have 1/2 head of cabbage, 3 carrots, a few leaves of kale, and a wayward potato. Next time I’m tossing a few tortellini in the pot for good measure and raising my soup spoon to you.

  2. Bree says:

    Can I have a bowl of this right now please? Looks perfect for a night like tonight.

  3. Simple, comforting and delicious. This soup will be on the menu this week!

  4. Mmm, nothing better than a good, soul-warming soup to cure the winter blues. Your pictures are beautiful, and this recipe looks so wonderful. Love the flavors, I bet they melt so well to create on delicious flavor explosion!
    Will definitely be adding this to the list of recipes I must make.

  5. Jenna says:

    I made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious! I made a few substitutes (I used whole wheat pasta, and vegetable broth as I couldn’t find vegetable stock), and it turned out amazing. Thanks!

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