Creamy Tortellini Soup is a comforting bowl of goodness! Crispy, salty pancetta is sautéd with fragrant onion and garlic. Then, swirled together in a creamy sauce to create a decadent broth to simmer the cheesy tortellini and vibrant Tuscan kale in. Each spoonful will have you coming back for more! Creamy, comforting and deliciously simple!
Let’s Talk Tortellini
Since tortellini is one of the main components of this tortellini soup (makes sense, doesn’t it? Haha!), then we need to talk about it!
For me, my personal choice is to go with the fresh tortellini that is in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. I love how tender the tortellini turn out to be, how quickly they cook and the cheesy goodness inside.
There is also the option to purchase dried tortellini. I don’t recommend this option as it will soak up quite a bit more of the broth and does take longer to cook. Now, that doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t work! I would just be aware of those two outcomes. One option would be to cook it in a separate pot according to package instructions and then add it to the soup. That way, you wouldn’t have to worry about the broth disappearing!
Another part of the soup that I love so much is the salty, smoky pancetta. It really helps bring the soup to life and adds loads of flavor to the broth!
All you have to do is peel back the packaging and dump it straight into the pot to sizzle and caramelize. How easy is that?
If you are looking to keep this recipe vegetarian, I would highly recommend subbing in sliced mushrooms. They will help deliver that same umami flavor that just can’t be beat! Especially when they are sautéd in butter and garlic. You can never go wrong there!
When gazing up and down the produce shelves of the grocery store, you may notice several different kinds of kale to purchase. Who woulda thought, huh?
For this recipe, I chose Tuscan Kale for a couple reasons. One, it holds a lovely dark, green color that I just love. It’s a beauty even mixed into the soup! Secondly, it’s flavor isn’t super dominating. I almost find it to be a bit sweeter. And lastly, the texture! It naturally lays more flat than a curly kale.
If you can’t find Tuscan kale, feel free to use whatever you’ve got! Even spinach could be substituted. I was able to find Tuscan kale at Trader Joe’s and my local grocery store.
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