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Tortellini Soup

The Best 30-minute recipe, by America's Test Kitchen, page 51
3 servings
Prep info
Prep time
Not set
Cook time
30 minutes
Time required
30 minutes
Oven preheat


  • 4 c chicken broth
  • 1/4 t dried thyme (or 1/2 t fresh)
  • 1/4 t dried basil
  • 1/4 t dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 T oil
  • 1/4 c chopped onion
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 T minced garlic
  • 9 oz fresh tortellini (no more)


1. Heat broth mixture: Bring broth, thyme, and bay leaves to boil, covered, in a large saucepan and set aside.

2. Brown onion: Meanwhile, heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering.  Add onion and salt, increase heat to medium-high, and cook until lightly browned and softened, about 5 minutes.

3. Add garlic, broth mixture, tortellini, and cook: Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth mixture, scraping up any browned bits.  Add tortellini and cook until tender, 3 to 6 minutes.

4. Season and serve: Remove from heat.  Remove bay leaves, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.


SJ Note 30 Jan 2016: Good start.  We used too many tortellinis, so it was weird.  Try it again, but use only the tortellinis called for - or more broth.