Thursday, March 3, 2016

Going Into Soup Mode

We're about halfway through Lent and I was worried you might be running out of ideas of what to make for dinner tomorrow night. Keeping meals interesting during Lent can be a real challenge, but don't worry, sister - I've got you covered. Here's a recipe for Tortellini Soup with Spinach. It requires exactly zero amount of pre-planning (yay for the mama!) and goes from your pantry to the table in 20 minutes flat. 
Before you eat soup:
 About a year ago, I was in need of a quick, last minute dinner idea and I found this recipe on a blog called iowagirleats.com. I've tweaked it a little bit since then, but it's still one of my "go to" recipes when I'm in a crunch for time. Everybody in my family loves it and that, as every mother knows, is a very good thing indeed.
Here's all the ingredients. Feel free to switch out brands of sauce or tortellini if you have a personal favorite. You have my permission, because I'm just easy going like that.
Try not to blink, because this soup is gonna be done before you know it. Chop your shallot into small dice - you'll need about 1/3 cup.
 Toss the shallots, your butter, and 3 cloves of minced garlic into a soup pot. Saute everything for about 2 minutes, making sure the garlic doesn't burn. 
Then simply add your marinara sauce.
And your chicken broth. Stir everything together and bring it to a gentle boil.
Once your soup is boiling, carefully add your frozen tortellini. Bring it back to the gentle boil and cook your pasta until it's the "doneness" that you prefer. I cooked mine for about 6 minutes.
I think this soup tastes best when the spinach is barely wilted, so this is how I achieve that goal. Fill your bowl with a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach.
Carefully ladle the soup directly on top of the spinach and wait a few seconds for the wilting to do its thing. It really is that simple and then it's ready to eat.
If you have some Parmesan in the fridge, you can top it with that, but it really doesn't need it. This meal literally took me a grand total of 18 minutes to make. It's fast, it's yummy, and it's homemade- which is always a good thing where I come from.






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