This Vegetable Medley Tortellini Soup is also known as “kick the cold right out of you soup.” Delicious flavor combination of veggies in a easy, satisfying soup that warms our body and soul all at the same time.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if mom went away for a week? Would everyone starve? Would the house fall into a complete chaos with kids running rampant through the house as dad sits tied up in the corner with a sock in his mouth? Would every living things survive in the house?
I had the pleasure to test this when I went to visit my family in Russia last week. I went away for a week, leaving my husband and my son to spend some quality time together. (With a fridge fully stocked and a few dishes prepared, of course.) I left my husband a few notes and friendly reminders but most important one was to “keep all the living things alive.” This included not just the child and himself but also our cat, fish, and plants. I figured that he will be so focused on keeping our little man happy that pets and plants will most likely be forgotten.
Even though I was completely confident that he would have no trouble at all following all our normal daily routines with school, homework and food, a small part of me was still a little scared of what I might walk into when I return. When I got back home, I was very happy to find out that they had a wonderful time together, everyone was alive and fed, the house was covered in toys, yet manageable, but what I was not happy to find out was that they both were sick.
They may have kept the hunger at bay but they could not keep those germs away.
You may have noticed this unusual weather that we all have been having. Spring has been a little cooler than usual even here, in Florida. It’s been chilly at night but hot during the day. Pretty much the perfect weather for all the yucky viruses to be having some fun. They had a little too much fun with my boys and left them with runny noses.
So, the morning after I got back, not knowing the state of my fridge yet, I ran out to the store and grabbed a bunch of veggies and tortellini. I decided to make them a quick soup that is completely loaded with veggies, i.e. vitamins and nutrients, some tortellini to entice then, and lot’s of fresh cracked black peppercorns to get the blood doing.
Oh, this soup definitely did the trick! So delicious, warming and satisfying.
- 1 large shallot
- 1 leek (about .5 lb)
- .3 lb yellow squash
- .3 lb green beans
- .3 lb shiitake mushrooms
- 3 large garlic cloves
- 1 lb refrigerated tortellini
- 25-30 oz vegetable (or chicken) broth
- 1½ tsp dry thyme
- Fresh cracked black peppercorns
- Preheat a large pot over medium heat.
- Add some vegetable oil for cooking the veggies.
- Wash and slice shallot, leek (just the white part, discarding the green leaves) and shiitake mushrooms. Wash and chop green beans into about 1-inch pieces.
- Wash and dice yellow squash.
- Saute shallots and leek until flagrant. Add mushrooms and saute until softened. Add green beans and squash. Cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes.
- Smash garlic cloves and dice them. Add garlic to the pot. Saute until fragrant.
- Add vegetable broth and bring to boil.
- Add tortellini, thyme, salt and a good amount of fresh cracked black peppercorns (to taste). Cook until tortellini is done.
- Serve right away, nice and hot.
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