Wonderful, cool days call for warming soups. Here's a new one: tomato based soup with seasoned ground turkey, delicious cheese-filled tortellini pasta, spinach, carrots, and even some red bell pepper.
This soup isn't super-full of tortellini or meat or vegetables, but has a balance between them.
I served this with my recipe for Golden Rolls, so we got some extra hidden vegetables and whole wheat from the bread.
Not only do I love eating this soup, but despite a long ingredients list it's fast. It comes together in about 50 minutes. That's 15-20 minutes to cook the onions and meat, and 30 minutes to simmer. While I cook my meat, I chop my vegetables to save time. When it simmers, I clean my kitchen. Or I can read a book. Who needs a clean kitchen when the next chapter of Eragon is waiting?
1/2 a large onion, chopped (about 2/3 cup)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings (or use basil)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, makes the soup spicy)
3 cups beef broth
1 twenty-eight ounce can tomatoes, pureed
1 cup sliced carrots
2 tablespoons chopped red pepper (optional)
6-8 ounces fresh (or frozen) tortellini pasta
2/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
1. Cook onion in olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat for 7-9 minutes until the onion is beginning to become clear, stirring frequently.
2. In a little bowl, mix together pepper, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, salt, and if desired, red pepper flakes. Stir and add this and the ground turkey to the onions. Continue to cook 7-10 minutes more until the turkey is browned, stirring and flipping to break the meat into small bite sized pieces.
Drain off any grease. I used lean turkey, so I didn't have to do this step, but you never know what fat you can get rid of before it goes in the soup pot!
|These seasonings help your turkey mimic sausage without the cost of buying sausage. Sausage is also higher in fat and has more preservatives. Choose to season your own.|
|While I cook the meat I take care of my chopping. I also cut up the carrots at this point.|
3. Put the meat and onions, broth, pureed tomatoes, carrots, and bell pepper in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir often and bring to a boil. Decrease temperature and simmer 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
|chopped, fresh red bell pepper|
4. Add in fresh tortellini pasta. Bring back to a boil and simmer on low for 8 minutes.
5. Add in chopped spinach, stir and simmer 2-3 minutes. Enjoy.