Tortellini Soup

Since it is cold & flu season, I thought I would post an easy chicken soup recipe that I made a couple of weeks ago.

A few notes on the recipe, I used bone-in, skin-on breasts instead of a whole chicken.  I added celery to recipe and, because my local grocery store was out of Swiss chard, used spinach.  Next time, I would like to make the recipe with Swiss Chard.  I think the chard will remain crisper and provide a nicer texture vs. the spinach.  And, lastly, I used a mushroom & artichoke tortellini to bring more veggie flavors into the soup.

Tim and I enjoyed the soup, some crusty bread, and a side salad for a satisfying winter meal.

Tortellini Soup
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  • 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, cut into thin rounds
  • 1/2 bunch Swiss chard, cut crosswise into 1-inch strips
  • 1 8- to 9-ounce package tortellini, preferably vegetable
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan

Rinse the chicken pieces and remove the skin. Place them in a large saucepan. Add the broth and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through, about 35 minutes. Skim any foam that rises to the surface. Transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool. Shred the meat; discard the bones.

Meanwhile, strain the broth and return it to the saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the carrots, Swiss chard, tortellini, salt, and pepper. Simmer according to the tortellini’s package directions. When the tortellini are done, add the chicken and heat for 3 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Yield: Makes 4 servings (9 cups)

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