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Italian Tortellini Soup With Shredded Chicken

tortellini pasta

Italian Tortellini Soup With Shredded Moist Chicken

Since the winter chill has set in, we start making soup like this effortless tortellini soup in the CBB house.

There’s a comfort in a hot bowl of soup that makes you smile with that feel-good feeling inside as the broth greets your body. 

Born somewhere in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region tortellini has become a family favourite all over the world. 

There’s one thing about this wonderful Italian pasta that you should know. 

If the package says Tortellini it is filled with a meat mixture whereas Tortelloni is filled with cheese.

You can also find it filled with spinach and ricotta cheese and various other fillings 

tortellini pasta

Now that we’ve cleared that up I can’t say enough about tortellini as it’s one of my favorite kinds of pasta. 

Back home in the UK when times were tough and I was trying to pay a mortgage along with the bills and tortellini was one of my budget meals. 

I could buy a pack of frozen tortellini for about 1 Canadian dollar 14 years ago and filled me up. 

We can find tortellini or tortelloni in the freezer section of almost every Canadian grocery store

Again, the price point on this is under $3 although if you buy the Kirkland five cheese tortelloni from Costco it will cost more. 

Some of our favourite freezer tortelloni besides homemade are Olivieri, President’s choice tortellini, and Ziggys tortellini.  

You may find that the Ziggys brand is the least expensive of the 4 brands I’ve chosen. 

Dry Tortellini vs. Frozen Tortellini

Below is a pot of dry tortellini broth soup cooking for Sunday dinner as a starter. 

As you can see all of the tortellini are perfectly cut and shaped and this is because they are dry manufactured. 

The photo below is the same soup made with frozen tortellini. 

Tortellini frozen

If you prefer to purchase the dry tortellini it may be cheaper but it also takes longer to cook. 

You’ll find the dry tortellini down the pasta section of your grocery store. 

The choice is yours really and it wouldn’t be a bad thing to test them both out. 

By doing so you’ll know whether it’s a bargain to buy dry tortellini over frozen. 

I’ve always used frozen while working 12 plus hours a day and was exhausted.

All I wanted was quick and easy foods that didn’t cost me a fortune and yes I made sauce.

It wasn’t until I was married that Mrs. CBB introduced me to making tortellini soup. 

I honestly never really thought about making soup because I was hooked on tortellini pasta. 

Both are equally as delicious and filling along with cheesy garlic toast or just bread for dipping. 

Italian soup

Making Fresh Italian Traditional Tortellini

If you’re fortunate to have a friend who will help you make fresh tortellini that’s the best. 

I always find there are certain recipes that I make where Mrs. CBB helps and speeds up the process.

These days families don’t have the time unless it’s made on a weekend but even then it’s time-consuming.

stuffed tortelloni

Over at Cooking Lessons From the Kitchn you can see how tortellini is made

In today’s class, you will learn the fine art of rolling, stuffing, and shaping these fetching little dumplings, all for the eventual goal of serving them to your adoring fans.

No matter how tricky these tortellini look right now, I guarantee you will feel like a serious pasta-making pro once you step up to the pasta roller and turn out your first tray.

Although they are delicious but not easy to make so most consumers opt for frozen or dry.

Buy The Best Quality Parmigiano Cheese

Parmigiana Cheese Wheel

If you can squeeze some fresh non-grated Parmigiano cheese into your grocery budget, do it. 

A little goes a long way and you’ll get the best tasting pasta or soup with it. 

You can find the cheese at most grocery stores in Canada but you grate it yourself fresh. 

I also freeze the blocks of Parmigiano in the freezer if I find a good deal. 

As you can see in the photo the Parmigiano cheese comes in a big wheel and is cut by the deli staff. 

You have to be strong to cut it either with a big knife or a strong cheese wire.

Recipe Ideas for Tortellini or Tortolloni

Sometimes simple is better which is why I love tortellini so much. 

It’s one of those cool filled pasta shapes that you can toss in whatever you’d like and just eat it.

If you’re wondering if ravioli is the same, it’s not. 

They are shaped differently and the texture is different based on how they are made. 

  • Baked Tortellini with sauce and Parmigiano cheese casserole
  • Pumpkin Tortellini in a cream sauce
  • Tortellini and sausage 
  • Shrimp and Tortellini
  • Tortellini Alfredo 
  • Alforno Tortellini
  • Tortellini in meat sauce (bolognese)
  • Greek Tortellini Cold Pasta
  • Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad
  • Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Tortellini

You can find all of the above on Pinterest and many more recipes. 

Making Broth For Tortellini Soup

keto chicken bone broth soup

I make homemade bone broth whenever I can from leftover chicken or beef bones. 

It’s handy to have on hand but that’s not always the case for everyone. 

If you are in a pinch always keep some Knorr Oxo chicken cubes on hand. 

We have both chicken and beef soup base cubes at home and they cost about 1.99-$3.00 to buy.

If you shop at Food Basics you can find other brands besides Knorr for much cheaper. 

Another alternative is to buy the pre-made boxed soup broth to use for this recipe. 

How To Make Italian Chicken Tortellini Soup 

A printable version is below.

Ingredients

  • You can do this ahead of time to save time making the soup which is what we do.
  • 350-degree oven until the middle is no longer pink. -Do this first.
  • 1 package of Frozen tortellini or tortelloni (your choice) 1/2 pound, 225g. 
  • 1/4 cup of bu2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts (pre-cook 2 chicken breasts seasoned with pepper and salt in a tter
  • 1 cup of sliced carrots 
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 cups of spinach chopped or baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley 
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano (add as much or little as you want)

Making The Tortellini Soup Instructions

  • In a large pot on medium heat add the butter and carrots, onion, and celery for 6 minutes.
  • Add in crushed garlic and mix into the vegetables along with the seasonings, salt, pepper, oregano
  • Pour 8 cups of chicken broth into the pot and stir to mix everything together.
  • Heat the broth until it’s a rolling boil then reduce the heat to medium. 
  • Add in the shredded chicken and the bag of frozen tortellini and cook until they are tender about 7 minutes. (you can also read the instructions on the back of the tortellini brand for specific times.
  • Test for seasoning to make sure you have it right. If not add more of what you prefer. 
  • Add the spinach into the pot at the end as it wilts quickly. 
  • Scoop out a bowl and serve with lots of freshly grated Parmigiano.
  • Enjoy.

Italian soup recipes

Italian Tortellini Broth Soup With Shredded Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
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A hot bowl of Tortellini soup with shredded chicken breast in a broth base is perfect for cold nights or when you want a meal in under 30 minutes that your family will love.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts (pre-cook 2 chicken breasts seasoned with pepper and salt in a 350-degree oven until the middle is no longer pink. -Do this first.
  • 1 package of Frozen tortellini or tortelloni (your choice) ½ pound, 225g. 
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sliced carrots 
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 cups of spinach chopped or baby spinach
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley 
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano (add as much or little as you want)
  • Making The Tortellini Soup Instructions
  • In a large pot on medium heat add the butter and carrots, onion, and celery for 6 minutes.
  • Add in crushed garlic and mix into the vegetables along with the seasonings, salt, pepper, oregano
  • Pour 8 cups of chicken broth into the pot and stir to mix everything together.
  • Heat the broth until it's a rolling boil then reduce the heat to medium. 
  • Add in the shredded chicken and the bag of frozen tortellini and cook until they are tender about 7 minutes. (you can also read the instructions on the back of the tortellini brand for specific times.
  • Test for seasoning to make sure you have it right. If not add more of what you prefer. 
  • Add the spinach into the pot at the end as it wilts quickly. 
  • Scoop out a bowl and serve with lots of freshly grated Parmigiano.
Instructions
  1. Making The Tortellini Soup Instructions
  2. In a large pot on medium heat add the butter and carrots, onion, and celery for 6 minutes.
  3. Add in crushed garlic and mix into the vegetables along with the seasonings, salt, pepper, oregano
  4. Pour 8 cups of chicken broth into the pot and stir to mix everything together.
  5. Heat the broth until it's a rolling boil then reduce the heat to medium.
  6. Add in the shredded chicken and the bag of frozen tortellini and cook until they are tender about 7 minutes. (you can also read the instructions on the back of the tortellini brand for specific times.
  7. Test for seasoning to make sure you have it right. If not add more of what you prefer.
  8. Add the spinach into the pot at the end as it wilts quickly.
  9. Scoop out a bowl and serve with lots of freshly grated Parmigiano.

I hope you enjoy this simple tortellini soup that Italians love to serve. 

Discussion: What kind of tortellini or tortelloni do you prefer?

Do you like it as pasta or a soup (if you haven’t had the soup you can’t answer this one yet, ha)

Leave me your comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you. 

Mr.CBB 

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