Don't be tempted to cook the tortellini in the soup; they will soak up too much of that irresistibly garlicky broth. Cook them separately, as the soup simmers, and stir them in at the last moment.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 pound fresh or frozen cheese tortellini (see Variation)
- 1 pound spinach, stems removed, leaves washed well (about 2 1/4 quarts)
- Grated Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling
In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the water, broth and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the tortellini until just done, about 4 minutes for fresh or 12 minutes for frozen. Drain.
Add the spinach to the soup and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in the tortellini. Serve the soup sprinkled with grated Parmesan and pass more of the grated cheese at the table.
*Substitute 1 quart of shredded escarole for the spinach.<br>
*Use meat- or cheese-filled ravioli instead of the tortellini. WINE RECOMMENDATION: Tocai friulano, one of Italy's hidden treasures, bears no relation to the Tokays of Hungary or Alsace. It has a full body and penetrating citrus and nut flavors that will be superb here.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
477 calories; 16g total fat; 42mg cholesterol; 1412mg sodium; 57g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 25g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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