This Spinach and Mushroom Tortellini Soup comes together in one pot and makes for an easy, healthy weeknight meal.
A few weeks ago I mentioned I was sick. What I didn’t realize at the time was that that small sickness would drag it’s stubborn self on for over two solid weeks. It started with the sneezes, advanced quickly to the sniffles, then blew up into total congestified, drippy, coughy, snotty, sore throat awful.
The Mr. got it too, and between the two of us we managed to make the house utterly disgusting. Tissues snuck their way into couch cushions. Cough syrup bottles and sleeves of pills littered the coffee table. The sink filled with empty tea mugs and oatmeal clogged pots which we had no intention of cleaning. We were unshowered and smelled like a mixture of night sweats and Vics vapor rub. Let’s just say, we washed ALL the blankets in our house after this sickness.
I think being sick at the same time as your husband is the absolute worst. At least when you’re the only one sick, you can get your hubby to make you dinner and bring you ice cream and do the laundry and generally feel really bad for you.
But when you’re both sick, there are no sympathy back rubs. We were both total grumps, each of us bitter that the other one couldn’t properly take care of us in our moment of need. It’s one thing to care for a sick spouse when you’re feeling great. But when you’re both fighting the cold from hell? That’s when grace and understanding and “in sickness and in health” is really put to the test.
What does all this have to do with Spinach and Mushroom Tortellini Soup?
Not a whole lot, except I think it might have saved us.
When the Mr. started getting a scratchy throat at the beginning of the week, I decided to make a huge pot of this soup for dinner.
We had tons of leftovers, and thank God we did, because for the rest of the week we lived on those leftovers.
I think I ate this soup three days in a row–and sometimes more than once in a day.
Who knows where we’d be without this soup?
We probably would have killed each other fighting over the can opener for the last can of Campbell’s Chicken and Noodle Soup.
This brothy soup filled with spinach and red pepper and cheesy tortellini got us through. The broth for this has a surprisingly deep flavor thanks to a Parmesan rind thrown in with the other soup ingredients. I amped it up even more with a healthy dose of red pepper flakes. I loved the distinct warmth the red pepper flakes gave this soup, and it happened to be just the thing my clogged sinuses needed.
And the best part? It all comes together in one big pot in about 30 minutes, most of which is hands off time.
I gotta be honest with you, the pictures of this soup were not my fav. The spinach, while great in health benefits, doesn’t do much for the color of a soup. But don’t be deceived by its looks. This soup has a whole lotta crazy good inside.
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1/2 a large onion, chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 12 ounces mushrooms (any variety)
- 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 8 oz. frozen spinach
- About a 4 inch piece Parmesan rind (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Cracked Pepper
- 9 ounces cheese tortellini
Adapted from Skinny Taste