Last week, I tried a friend's Tortellini Soup at a gathering for work. It was yummy, but it was intended to be eaten as part of a meal and not the whole meal as it didn't have a lot of protein to it. SO, I played with it a bit and love it!
Here's what I actually did...
1 pound ground beef, browned
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 stick butter
3 cans broth (vegetable and beef were what I had on hand)
1 can kidney beans
1 large can (or two small) diced tomatoes with juice
16 oz bag frozen spinach
about 7 or 8 ozs of DRIED three cheese tortellini
grated parmesan cheese (no romano here, but that is what the orig recipe called for!)
Brown ground beef, drain and set aside. Cook onion and garlic in butter for a couple minutes or till the onion is softened. Pour in broth and canned tomatoes (don't drain tomatoes). Pour in kidney beans (don't drain those either). Stir in ground beef. Bring to boil. Add frozen, chopped spinach and return to boil. Then, turn heat down and cook for 20 minutes. Add dry tortellini and cook till they are as done as you like. Grate in fresh parmesan cheese to taste. Serve with another grate of cheese across the top!
Nutrition info per 1 cup serving:
Fat--10 grams (3.6 saturated, 0 trans)
Carbs--13.3 grams (2.5 fiber and 1.5 sugars)
It is yummy!! Can't wait for dinner! Going to serve it with some warm garlic bread...