A bit of a transition is happening in my brain and in my kitchen. As my pregnancy progresses, I’m realizing that my priorities are shifting a bit. I used to consider cooking “real food” secondary to whipping up baked goods which has always been my first love. I cook for the two of us probably 2/3 x a week, and between leftovers, eating out, and ordering in were basically covered. Lately though, between the upcoming move and the realizing I’ll have a “real food” eating baby before I know it, I’ve been looking more and more for easy healthy dinners I can whip up in no time.
I’ve had my eye on this soup recipe for a long time and it was only when I realized we had a frozen package of tortellini in the freezer that I bit the bullet to make it. I whipped up this delicious soup with the phone to my ear, basically cooking with one hand, on a 10-15 minute phone call. Yup- this entire thing is done that quickly and it’s super delicious too! Andy loved it and I felt like a rock-star of a wife for having time to “make dinner” when it was seriously as easy as chopping a little onion and tossing things into a pot.
The first time I stuck to the recipe as written, but then made it my own a teeny bit- using a mixture of kale and spinach, and adding some white beans for a little protein. I felt good eating this for dinner as it took less time than it would for my favorite Thai restaurant to deliver! I hope to share more quick & easy dinner recipes with you in the next few months (not to replace baked goods- don’t worry!)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp. dried oregano
- 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juices
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
- ¾ cup drained and rinsed white beans (optional)
- 9 oz. tortellini, any variety (fresh or frozen)
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach (or kale leaves*)
- Salt and pepper
- Grated Parmesan, for serving
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the pan and cook until slightly soft, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, just until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add in the oregano, tomatoes, broth and beans to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Add the tortellini and cook according to the package directions. About a minute before the tortellini is done, add the spinach or kale. Remove from the heat. Add salt and pepper as desired. Serve with some fresh grated parmesan.