Easy Tortellini Salad

This tortellini salad is full of zingy flavor: a delicious pasta salad for picnics and cookouts! Leftovers last for days,…

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This tortellini salad is full of zingy flavor: a delicious pasta salad for picnics and cookouts! Leftovers last for days, so it’s also an easy lunch idea.

Tortellini salad

Here’s a pasta salad recipe that’s ultra versatile for picnics, barbecues, and an easy lunch idea: this Tortellini Salad! The tang of the artichoke, chewy pillowy pasta, zippy tomatoes, and peppery basil come together into a symphony of flavor! Even better, it stores up to 4 days in the fridge, making it a perfect easy lunch. We’ve made this more times than we can count already: and it’s irresistibly delicious every time.

The pasta to buy for tortellini salad…tortelloni!

Here’s an important tip for making tortellini salad. Make it with tortelloni pasta! What’s tortelloni vs tortellini?

  • Tortelloni is a pasta shape that is larger than tortellini, and it’s got a filled center versus a hole in the middle. Because it’s larger, it’s easier to taste the filling. Tortelloni is easy to find the refrigerated section at your local grocery.
  • How to tell the difference quickly? Tortellini has a hole in the middle, tortelloni has a solid center that encloses the filling. Of course, this really makes it a tortelloni salad. But it’s the tastiest pasta for the job!
  • Don’t make this pasta salad with frozen or dried tortellini. It’s just not as good! Trust us, we’ve tried it.
Tortellini pasta salad

Ingredients for tortellini salad

Got your pasta? It’s easy to throw together this tortellini salad once you’ve got the right type. Here’s what else you’ll need:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Artichokes
  • Fresh basil: optional, but we highly recommend it! It’s especially easy in summer if you have a basil plant
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Homemade vinaigrette (or purchased dressing)

Use homemade dressing, or shortcut with purchased

This tortellini salad is very easy to throw together: boil the pasta, chop the veggies, then make the dressing! We created a homemade vinaigrette dressing for this salad that makes it beautifully fresh and delicious. Here’s what to note about it:

  • The homemade dressing is best flavor-wise. All you need is oil, vinegar, and a few spices. Dried dill makes for an intriguing flavor without overpowering.
  • In a rush, use ¾ cup purchased Italian or vinaigrette dressing. It makes it even easier to throw together.
Tortellini salad

Stores as leftovers for up to 4 days!

This tortellini salad works great as a pasta salad for summer picnics and barbecues, but we also designed it to work for lunches! This one is a fantastic make-ahead pasta salad that lasts for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. We had to work a bit to engineer that flavor to perfection. Here are a few notes for leftover storage:

  • Using neutral oil plus olive oil makes store well! Olive oil tends to clump up when it’s cold. How to make olive oil not solidify in dressings in the refrigerator? Add a neutral oil! Using equal parts organic vegetable oil or grapeseed oil makes a vinaigrette that doesn’t solidify. But if you prefer to use all olive oil, feel free! Just beware the salad dressing may clump up (just bring it to room temp before eating).
  • You may need to add a few pinches of salt. Some foods become more bland when refrigerated, which is the case with this pasta salad. Taste and add a few pinches salt before serving, if necessary.
Tortellini salad

More pasta salad recipes

There are lots of great pasta salad recipes for summer or lunches! Once you’ve tried this tortellini salad, here are a few more summer salads to try:

This tortellini salad recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free tortellini. For vegan, use vegan tortellini and skip the Parmesan cheese (add a bit more salt as needed).

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Tortellini salad

Easy Tortellini Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 side dish servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This tortellini salad is full of zingy flavor: delicious for picnics and cookouts! Leftovers last for days, so it’s ideal as an easy lunch.


Ingredients

  • 18 ounces refrigerated cheese tortelloni*
  • 2 ½ ounces (2 cups) baby spinach or chopped spinach
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped (optional but recommended)
  • 14 ounce can (8.5 ounce dry weight) quartered artichokes, roughly chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar***
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon each dried dill and garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup neutral oil (like organic vegetable or grapeseed**)
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Start a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Boil the pasta until al dente according to the package instructions (usually around 2 minutes). Drain the pasta and run it cool water over it until it’s warm. 
  2. Meanwhile while the pasta cooks, chop the spinach, basil and artichoke hearts, and slice the tomatoes. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, dried dill, garlic powder, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Then whisk in the olive oil and neutral oil
  3. Once the pasta is done, add it to the large bowl of dressing and toss with the chopped vegetables. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Taste and add salt or more cheese to taste. Serve at room temperature or cold. Stores up to 4 days refrigerated (leftovers taste great and work well for lunches!).

Notes

*Tortelloni is large tortellini that you can find in the refrigerated section. It’s best for this salad because standard tortellini is too small. 

**Using neutral oil in this pasta salad helps leftovers keep in the fridge: if you use only olive oil, it clumps up after about 1 day of storage. If you’re not planning to have leftovers, you can use 100% olive oil if you prefer. 

***In a rush? Substitute ¾ cup Italian dressing or your purchased vinaigrette dressing of choice for the homemade dressing. 

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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Cheese Tortellini in Creamy Marinara

Cheese tortellini makes the best quick dinner recipe! Serve it up in a creamy marinara sauce flavored with goat cheese and basil. Some meatless recipes stand a head above the rest, and this is one of them. In fact, I think we’d be happy eating this genius quick dinner every day of the week. Try this cheese tortellini in creamy marinara sauce! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a pasta skillet that’s a literal symphony flavor. The fresh basil-infused marinara sauce is perfectly complimented with pillows of tangy goat cheese. (In fact, it’s our baked goat cheese dip made into a main dish, because we love it so much we needed a way to justify it as dinner.) This one is a huge hit in our house…and we hope it will be in yours too! Best cheese tortellini to buy Cheese tortellini often escapes our radar when it comes to pasta: usually we think of penne, spirals or macaroni. But there’s lots of high quality tortellini in grocery stores these days! Tortellini are traditional ring-shaped Italian filled pasta. In Italy you can get them freshly made at local shops. What to look for if you’re not in Italy? Fresh tortellini […]

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Cheese tortellini makes the best quick dinner recipe! Serve it up in a creamy marinara sauce flavored with goat cheese and basil.

Cheese tortellini

Some meatless recipes stand a head above the rest, and this is one of them. In fact, I think we’d be happy eating this genius quick dinner every day of the week. Try this cheese tortellini in creamy marinara sauce! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a pasta skillet that’s a literal symphony flavor. The fresh basil-infused marinara sauce is perfectly complimented with pillows of tangy goat cheese. (In fact, it’s our baked goat cheese dip made into a main dish, because we love it so much we needed a way to justify it as dinner.) This one is a huge hit in our house…and we hope it will be in yours too!

Best cheese tortellini to buy

Cheese tortellini often escapes our radar when it comes to pasta: usually we think of penne, spirals or macaroni. But there’s lots of high quality tortellini in grocery stores these days! Tortellini are traditional ring-shaped Italian filled pasta. In Italy you can get them freshly made at local shops. What to look for if you’re not in Italy?

  • Fresh tortellini is sold refrigerated. This is usually the best quality when it comes to tortellini recipes. It boils up in just 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Frozen tortellini is also a good option. We like frozen because it saves well and you can pull it out at moments notice.
  • Avoid dried tortellini. Tortellini isn’t traditionally a dried pasta: and all the brands we’ve tried dried just haven’t measured up.
  • Look for any type of cheese tortellini for this recipe. Use 3 cheese, spinach ricotta, Parmesan: any type of cheese flavor will work.
Cheese tortellini

Secrets to the best creamy marinara sauce

This tasty cheese tortellini recipe is engineered by us to be two things: mega quick and mega delicious! This one’s like a cross between our famous baked goat cheese and our goat cheese pasta. It capitalizes on the best flavor pairing: a great tomato sauce that’s made creamy using soft goat cheese. Here are a few tips for the very best creamy marinara:

  • Use canned fire roasted tomatoes. This special type of tomato is becoming easy to find. It’s charred over an open flame, which gives them a beautifully sweet flavor right out of the can. Can’t find them? Use the best quality tomatoes you can find.
  • Use fresh basil. It’s a splurge in winter, but it’s absolutely worth it for the peppery flavor it imparts.
  • Use soft goat cheese (chevre). You might think a creamy marinara is good with heavy cream. But it’s great with soft goat cheese! None of those hard crumbles with the texture of feta: this sauce deserves a good chevre.

Why it works

Here you’ll use soft goat cheese to crumble into the marinara, and it adds a tang and a creamy body that makes it taste like a best-in-class gourmet meal. Add those beautifully boiled cheese tortellini, and every bite is velvety, heavenly goodness. You can save out a few goat cheese crumbles as a topping, too.

We like to add a little spinach into the mix too! It adds nutrients but the way it melds into the skillet, you can barely tell that it’s there.

Tortellini in skillet

Is goat cheese healthy? How does it compare to cow’s cheese?

You may have heard that when it comes to cheese, goat cheese can be a healthier option that other cheeses. You’re right! There are a few advantages to choosing this cheese vs a mozzarella or a Parmesan. Goat cheese has the following going for it (source: Prevention):

  • More vitamins and minerals than cow’s cheese. Goat’s milk is richer in essential nutrients than cow’s milk. It has more vitamin A & B, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Slightly less calories than cow’s cheese. Goat cheese has just 75 calories per ounce—less than cow cheeses like mozzarella (85 calories), Swiss (108 calories), and cheddar (115 calories).
  • May be easier to digest. Goat cheese has less lactose than cow’s milk and a slightly different protein structure, so people who are lactose intolerant many times can digest goat cheese.

Can you make it gluten-free?

Yes! There are actually some good brands of gluten free tortellini on the market these days. We don’t eat exclusively gluten-free, so we don’t have a preferred brand. But there are lots of great options in both refrigerated and frozen varieties. Again, we recommend steering away from dried. Do you have a brand to recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

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What to serve with cheese tortellini!

This cheese tortellini recipe is an ideal quick dinner: it takes less than 20 minutes to whip up! Pair it with a simple side dish or two and you’re in business. It’s ideal for Meatless Mondays or impressing friends with a tasty vegetarian dinner. Of course, it can be harder than you think to find side dishes that work with the flavors, compliments it nutritionally, and is easy enough to make while you tackle the main dish. Here are a few of our favorite sides to pair here:

This cheese tortellini recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free tortellini.

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Cheese tortellini

Cheese Tortellini in Creamy Marinara


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Cheese tortellini makes the best quick dinner recipe! Serve it up in a creamy marinara sauce flavored with goat cheese and basil. 


Ingredients

  • 12 to 16 ounces frozen or refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 28 ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or best quality crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves, tightly packed (or chopped spinach)
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 4 ounce goat cheese log

Instructions

  1. Boil the tortellini according to the package instructions (fresh usually takes 2 to 3 minutes and frozen takes 2 to 5 minutes to boil). Then drain it. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, place the crushed tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, kosher salt, spinach, and whole basil leaves. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer while the pasta cooks or at least 10 minutes.
  3. When the pasta is done and drained, add it to the skillet. Crumble in the goat cheese into the sauce and stir until a creamy sauce forms (if you’d like, save out a few crumbles for topping). Serve immediately.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dinner

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This 5-star tortellini soup is lusciously creamy! It’s easy and under 30 minutes, with big flavor from tomatoes, spinach, and Parmesan. Here’s a soup that will make people come flocking and might result in a few marriage proposals: this creamy tortellini soup! This is one for the books. You can make it in under 30 minutes, and the flavor that results is simply killer. Tomatoes, basil, Parmesan and cream make a lusciously flavored broth that floats with doughy orbs of tortellini. In fact, we put down our spoons in amazement at first bite. Then I made a mental note to put it on the regular rotation…stat. Ingredients in tortellini soup There are many ways to make a tortellini soup. A traditional Italian way to serve it is called tortellini en brodo, where the filled pasta floats in a simple broth. For our spin, we went for a tomato-basil-meets-tortellini vibe, where a creamy tomato broth provides the backdrop for the delightful doughy pasta. Here’s what you’ll need for this Italian soup: Tortellini Onion and garlic Crushed fire roasted tomatoes: Fire roasted is key! See the section below. Tomato paste Vegetable broth Olive oil and salt Dried oregano and dried basil Spinach […]

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This 5-star tortellini soup is lusciously creamy! It’s easy and under 30 minutes, with big flavor from tomatoes, spinach, and Parmesan.

Creamy Tortellini Soup

Here’s a soup that will make people come flocking and might result in a few marriage proposals: this creamy tortellini soup! This is one for the books. You can make it in under 30 minutes, and the flavor that results is simply killer. Tomatoes, basil, Parmesan and cream make a lusciously flavored broth that floats with doughy orbs of tortellini. In fact, we put down our spoons in amazement at first bite. Then I made a mental note to put it on the regular rotation…stat.

Ingredients in tortellini soup

There are many ways to make a tortellini soup. A traditional Italian way to serve it is called tortellini en brodo, where the filled pasta floats in a simple broth. For our spin, we went for a tomato-basil-meets-tortellini vibe, where a creamy tomato broth provides the backdrop for the delightful doughy pasta. Here’s what you’ll need for this Italian soup:

  • Tortellini
  • Onion and garlic
  • Crushed fire roasted tomatoes: Fire roasted is key! See the section below.
  • Tomato paste
  • Vegetable broth
  • Olive oil and salt
  • Dried oregano and dried basil
  • Spinach
  • Fresh basil
  • Heavy cream or substitute whole milk
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
Tortellini soup

Find fire roasted tomatoes if you can!

Fire roasted tomatoes are key to getting just the right flavor in this tortellini soup. If you’ve been around for a while, you know we cook with them often. What are they and why are they so special?

  • Fire roasted tomatoes are a type of canned tomato that’s cooked over an open flame before canning. It makes the flavor beautifully sweet out of the can, instead of acidic like many canned tomato varieties. It’s a cooking method, not a brand!
  • Where to get them? This type of tomatoes are becoming pretty easy to find in grocery stores in the US; they’re sold by several brands. Look in the canned tomatoes section.
  • What if you can’t find them? Substitute the best quality canned tomatoes you can find.

What makes it a creamy tortellini soup…and a substitute

Our recipes are generally on the healthy side, so you won’t often see us cooking with heavy cream. But there are always exceptions, right? And this creamy tortellini soup is one of them. Why cook with cream here? It adds an intense richness, depth, and body of the soup that just can’t be replicated by 2% milk. Worried about using cream, though?

You can use whole milk or half and half instead as a substitute! How do they compare? Well, heavy cream is 36% milkfat, whereas half and half is 10% and whole milk is 3%. So these types of dairy have significantly less fat than heavy cream. Pick whatever seems right for you!

Tortellini soup

Tortellini soup variations for any diet: vegetarian, vegan & more

This recipe is a vegetarian tortellini soup: assuming you use tortellini with no meat! It’s one of those recipes you wouldn’t think of being vegetarian…because it’s so packed with flavor. People of any diet love this one (promise!). You can also make it vegan, or add Italian sausage for meat eaters. Here are a few options:

  • Vegetarian tortellini soup: This is already vegetarian: just use a cheese or spinach ravioli!
  • Vegan tortellini soup: Buy vegan tortellini: there are some great brands out there these days! Then substitute Cashew Cream for the heavy cream and Parmesan.
  • Gluten free tortellini soup: Use gluten free tortellini. Again, there are some great options out there these days.
  • Sausage tortellini soup: Cook 1 pound Italian sausage in the pan until browned, about 3 minutes, draining the fat as necessary. Then make the remaining soup, using slightly less salt.

Let us know your favorite gluten free or vegan tortellini brands in the comments below! We’d love to know your recommendations.

Tortellini soup

Make it a meal: side ideas!

This tortellini soup is delicious and satisfying, but not quite filling enough on its own to be a meal. We’d suggest pairing it with a salad or grilled cheese to make a full meal. Here are some ideas:

Storage, reheating and make ahead tips

This tortellini soup is best hot from the stove! But if you have leftovers or want to make it ahead, we’ve got some tips.

  • Store leftovers refrigerated, noting that the pasta soaks up the broth. The pasta soaks up even more of the broth when you refrigerate, so it can become very thick. You may want to add a splash of water when reheating.
  • Make the soup ahead without the tortellini. If you make it ahead, make it without the tortellini and refrigerate. Then heat it up and cook the tortellini right before serving. 

This tortellini soup recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free or vegan, see variations above.

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Tortellini soup

Creamy Tortellini Soup (30 minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This 5-star tortellini soup is lusciously creamy! It’s easy and under 30 minutes, with big flavor from tomatoes, spinach, and Parmesan.


Ingredients

  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28-ounce fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups baby spinach (or chopped standard spinach), packed
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves (about 6 to 8 large leaves)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or half and half or whole milk)*
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 to 16 ounces frozen or refrigerated tortellini, any flavor

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 to 6 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds more. 
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, herbs and kosher salt. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 8 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the spinach, basil leaves, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Bring to simmer and add the tortellini. Cook according to the package instructions: about 2 to 3 minutes for refrigerated and 3 to 5 minutes for frozen. Taste and add additional salt as desired (we added another 1/4 teaspoon). Serve immediately.
  5. Make ahead and storage: Store leftovers refrigerated. The pasta does soak up quite a bit of the broth, so you may want to add a splash of water when reheating. If you make it ahead, we recommend making the soup without the tortellini; then heat it up and cook the pasta right before serving. 

Notes

*Vegan variation: use vegan tortellini and substitute 1/2 cup Cashew Cream for the heavy cream and Parmesan, adding more to taste as desired.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired

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Curried tomato tortellini soup coming right up!

This curried tomato tortellini soup has so much flavor! Serve with cheesy tortellini and brown butter garlic toasts for the perfect weeknight meal.

I love a little bit of alliteration for dinner, after all. 

cheese tortellini

Okay, just when I thought I had my ONE AND ONLY tomato soup recipe, I now have another one.

But this one is different. This isn’t a soup you’d make to eat with grilled cheese. I mean, okay, I guess you COULD. But it would be… grilled cheese against pasta and I just don’t know. 

This is a soup you make to toss cheese tortellini in. And then go.to.town. With some dips of brown butter garlic bread.

Is there too much going on right here? Nooooo.

You are going to love it. 

This curried tomato tortellini soup has so much flavor! Serve with cheesy tortellini and brown butter garlic toasts for the perfect weeknight meal.

p.s. The toasted garlic tomato bisque in The Pretty Dish is also an incredible tomato soup. I’ve gone from never eating tomato soup in a can to making multiple versions of it and have a hard time deciding which one I want! 

This curried tomato tortellini soup has so much flavor! Serve with cheesy tortellini and brown butter garlic toasts for the perfect weeknight meal.

In case you’re new here, we never ate tomato soup (not even with grilled cheese!) when I was growing up because my mom has a mental block against it. That mental block came from HER mom using a can of campbell’s tomato soup as … (I don’t even want to tell you this)… spaghetti sauce.

Yes. Mother Lovett used to dump a can of tomato soup on top of spaghetti and call it italian night when my mom wa a kid. 

Now I’m sure you understand when I say I really have zero italian blood in me. 

That’s crazy!!

This curried tomato tortellini soup has so much flavor! Serve with cheesy tortellini and brown butter garlic toasts for the perfect weeknight meal.

Anyhoo, my mom was so scarred that we never ate it (not even once) when I was growing up. But for what it’s worth, I have always demanded that I dip my grilled cheese in ketchup.

And I’m not a ketchup person. 

This curried tomato tortellini soup has so much flavor! Serve with cheesy tortellini and brown butter garlic toasts for the perfect weeknight meal.

The soup is actually simple but just has so much flavor. Red curry paste, tomato paste, coconut milk (!!!) – lots of things I love that create this delicious, silky taste bomb in your mouth. 

And thanks to the tortellini, it’s ridiculously filling. 

I also just realized that there is no cheese or milk in this soup, so my dairy free friends – rejoice! 

Hello dinner tonight.

This curried tomato tortellini soup has so much flavor! Serve with cheesy tortellini and brown butter garlic toasts for the perfect weeknight meal.

Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

This curried tomato tortellini soup has so much flavor! Serve with cheesy tortellini and brown butter garlic toasts for the perfect weeknight meal.

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, (diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups chicken stock or veggie stock
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (full fat or light is fine)
  • 2 cups uncooked cheese tortellini
  • fresh basil for topping

brown butter garlic toasts

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • pinch of salt
  1. Heat a large pot over medium-low heat and add the butter. Add in the shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, and basil. Stir to combine. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shallots soften.
  2. Stir in the curry paste, brown sugar and tomato paste. Cook for 5 more minutes, stirring often, until the tomato and curry pastes are a deeper color.
  3. Stir in the stock and tomatoes, making sure to scrap the bottom of the bowl. Stir in the coconut milk until combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Add the tortellini right before serving and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve the soup immediately with fresh basil for garnish and the brown butter garlic toasts.

brown butter garlic toasts

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Cook, whisking constantly, until it bubbles and brown bits appear in the bottom of the pan. The minute the brown bits appear, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the garlic.
  2. Preheat the broiler in your oven (if you don’t like the broiler, preheat to 425 degrees F) and place a rack in the upper quarter of your oven. I don’t like to place it directly beneath the broiler – I do it about 1 or 2 racks down to prevent that major burning. This also helps since we’re using garlic and brown butter – we don’t want either to burn more!
  3. Brush the bread slices with the garlic brown butter and place them on a baking sheet. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes (or bake for 10 to 12) until they are golden and crunchy. Remove and serve with the tomato soup.

This curried tomato tortellini soup has so much flavor! Serve with cheesy tortellini and brown butter garlic toasts for the perfect weeknight meal.

Can totally taste it.

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