I was feeling pretty lousy yesterday, hadn't gone grocery shopping yet and so thinking of my friend Barbie's Tortellini Soup, I made a huge pot of what turned out to be a very loose rendition based on what I had in the house. That said, it was an awesome "Kitchen Sink" Soup..... so yummy, everyone wants to have it again tonight and I am glad because I'm still not quite right.
Chicken, Tortellini & Meatball Soup
a/k/a It-Was-In-The-Freezer/Fridge-So-It's-In-The-Soup Soup
10 c. Chicken stock
3 chicken thighs, skin removed
1 small onion diced
2 c. sliced carrots
4 cups diced tomatoes [I used one 26 oz. Pomi]
1 cup Tomato sauce
1 c. Marsala cooking wine
16 oz. bag tortellini
1/2 bag [approx 1 lb] of frozen Italian style meatballs
2 tsp. each Celery Seed & Black Pepper
2 TBSP each:
I used my 7 quart stock pot with a colander insert, because I think it's easier when you are cooking chicken and then de-boning.
First, bring the stock to a low boil, add the chicken and simmer for 20 minutes, remove the colander/chicken and set aside to cool.
Bring the stock back to a strong boil, add the Marsala and allow to boil 5 minutes then add the onion, carrots, tomatoes, tomato sauce & spices. Reduce to a simmer and simmer 20 minutes. While that's cooking, debone the chicken and break into small pieces and add to the pot.
I mentioned I use Pomi products.... I just think they are superior to any other "canned" tomato product and if you cannot use fresh, it's the next best thing.
After 20 minutes add the tortellini, I used Schwans frozen 6 cheese, but I'm a Schwan's girl [Barella makes a nice one that just comes off the pasta shelf], and the meatballs, again I used Schwans Italian Style return soup to a simmer and cook for 20 more minutes.
Spoon into bowls and top with grated Parmesan~Romano and a couple homemade croutons [recipe below].
AHHHH, I felt better instantly.
p.s. I mentioned homemade croutons. They are sooooo easy it's ridiculous to NOT make them in my opinion. I swear people eat one and immediately propose marriage.... they are THAT good.
HOMEMADE GARLIC CROUTONS
1/2 cup [1 stick] butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 (3/4 inch thick) slices Italian Loaf Bread cut into cubes
In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Turn off heat, add bread cubes and toss to coat. Spread on jelly roll pan in single layer.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until crisp, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning. Cool completely before storing in Ziploc baggie to maintain freshness.
Sorry so skimpy in picture.... they ate them ALL!
p.p.s. To give a shout to the original soup that ROCKS......
Barbie's Tortellini Soup
1 lb. bulk Italian Sausage
1 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic sliced
5 cups beef broth
1 c. water
1 c. red wine
2 c. canned diced tomatoes
1 c. carrots
1 c. tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. each basil & oregano
8 oz. fresh cheese tortellini
1 1/2 c. sliced zucchini
1 medium green pepper sliced
3 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
Brown sausage in pot, remove from pot draining all but 1 TBSP of fat. Brown onion and garlic in fat until tender. Add cooked sausage, beef broth, water, red wine, tomatoes, carrots, tomato sauce, basil & oregano bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and simmer uncovered 30 minutes.
Skim fat from soup, add remaining ingredients and simmer covered 20 minutes.
Serve with Parmesan.