Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup - A quick and easy soup that is perfect for a cold night. Warm up with this cozy soup filled with vegetables, chicken and tortellini all in a delicious creamy broth.
I absolutely love soup on a cold night. But sometimes soup can take forever to make, and I just don't have time on busy weeknights to let soup simmer for an hour before dinner is done.
So this chicken tortellini soup is perfect, because it is ready in about 30 minutes.
Super comforting and ready fast? That is my definition of perfection! I like to save something like Beef Barley Soup for a weekend when I have more time.
To make this soup quick and easy I rely on a little help from the store with fresh made tortellini (you can use the frozen stuff as well) and a good quality chicken broth.
Both things help give the soup great flavor without any extra time or effort on my part.
You can even use a rotisserie chicken to make it even easier on yourself! Just pull apart the meat and add to the soup to heat it through and you are done. So simple!
What Kind of Chicken Do You Use?
There are a couple options for cooking the chicken in this soup. You can use raw chicken breasts that you poach in the chicken broth as the soup cooks.
Then you just remove the chicken, shred it into bite sized pieces and add back to the soup at the end.
You can also use leftover chicken that you just add during the last few minutes of cooking to heat it through.
Rotisserie chicken is also a great option. You can shred about 2 cups of chicken that you add to the soup without any real work for you.
How to Make Chicken Tortellini Soup
- Saute together onion, celery, carrots and garlic until they are soft and tender
- Next pour in the chicken broth and season with salt, pepper and thyme.
- If you are using raw chicken, this is when you would add it. Let is simmer until it is cooked and then remove to shred it.
- After the broth is simmering add in the tortellini and let them cook until they are tender (usually about 5-6 minutes depending on the package that you buy).
- At the last minute stir in the creamy and parsley. Adjust the seasonings as needed and you are ready to serve.
This tortellini soup is really hard to make ahead of time, because the tortellini absorb the broth as it sits and just become mushy.
If you want to make it head of time, your best bet is to prep everything until the point of adding the tortellini and then stop.
You could refrigerate or freeze the soup at this point. And then when you are ready to eat the soup, bring the broth to a simmer again and add the tortellini.
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This Spaghetti & Meatball soup is another favorite that with just a little help from the store can be on the table in minutes.
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