Tortellini and Vegetable Soup

This is a great soup for the start of a new year. It’s not only delicious, but fresh and healthy and full of vegetables. As I was leafing through some new cookbooks on New Year’s Day, this vegetable filled soup is the recipe that jumped out at me. I took that as a sign that I had eaten too much junk food and resolved to cook healthy meals for awhile. And with this soup as my first one, it doesn’t even feel like a sacrifice. It took about 30 minutes to put together, and it’s a nice hot meal for the middle of winter. The vegetables taste nice and fresh, and the addition of the tortellini really makes the soup – they’re hot and cheesy and take on the delicious flavor of the broth. If you are willing to make a little extra effort, grate the parmesan cheese yourself – you’ll notice the difference. I was actually surprised at how much Mike liked this meal. It wasn’t his favorite, but he liked it a lot more than I expected (the tortellini more than the vegetables) and rated it a 3.65 (he couldn’t decide between a 3.5 and a 3.75 rating).

Tortellini and Vegetable Soup


2 Tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 stalks of celery, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
salt and pepper
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 lb fresh or frozen cheese tortellini *
2 plum or roma tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the carrots, celery, and zucchini and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook for 5 minutes, or according to the package directions. Remove from the heat. Stir in the tomatoes and parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with cheese, and serve.

*I used a bag of frozen tortellini that was 1lb, 3 oz. I just added it all in with a little extra chicken stock.

from the Williams Sonoma One Pot Cookbook

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  1. I am so going to try this! I love veggie soup! And I'm needing to – um – fit into my jeans, shall we say? They're a little too snug; gotta get back into eating right. Thanks, Megan!

  2. Kristin – I hope you like it! Is there any chance Paul will eat it? The tortellini really redeemed the soup for Mike. I put enough in that the vegetables weren't as noticeable 🙂

  3. This looks like such a tasty and light soup what a great way to start the new year!

  4. This looks like a great simple soup. The tortellini must be so filling.

  5. My mother makes a very similar soup. The only difference is a lack of tomatoes. I'll have to add those next time!

  6. I love tortellini soup but I've only seen it in a creamy-tomato kind of base. This one sounds delicious and healthy which is perfect for the new year 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  7. yum, this sounds amazing and something we would LOVE in our household!

  8. I made this soup tonight. It was easy and tasted. Perfect for a very cold, snowy night. I used tri colored tortellini. It made the soup very colorful. 🙂 I also added some leftover chicken. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. Anonymous – I'm so glad you liked it! I bet the tri colored tortellini made it look even better! Thanks so much for stopping back and letting me know you tried it 🙂

  10. Love this recipe! It looks so fresh and delicious. There is something about those Sonoma cookbooks. One of the best soups I ever had was in one of them…a butternut squash soup. Everyone is always asking me for the recipe.
    Can't wait to try this one.

  11. This soup looks so good!
    I read your recipe for granola bars and it is so different from the one that I used! So funny how the same thing can be made so many ways…can't wait to try yours!
    Also, those kielbasa balls (hehe) look really great!!!

  12. I think we are all craving a bit of detox after the holiday season! I find that soups are a great way to sneak in vegetables for those who may not always love them. Thanks for the one pot recipe!

  13. mmmm I LOVE tortellini, this looks like my kind of soup! I just found your blog and I love it! I will be checking back often 🙂
    -Mini Baker

  14. Apple and Butter – That's exactly what I did for my husband – snuck in some vegetables 🙂

    Mini Baker – Thanks so much for your kind words! I hope you find some recipes you like 🙂

  15. ooo! this looks SO good. I want – NOW!

  16. I wasn't sure what to make for lunch, but suddenly, this sounds like what I was hoping for all along. I actually have vegan ravioli and "parm" on hand, too, so it's perfect. Thanks for the delicious inspiration!

  17. Hannah – glad you found what you wanted! 🙂 I hope you liked it!

  18. Thank you for commenting on my blog today. Your Tortellini soup also looks amazing!! Like the soup version of it.

  19. just made this yesterday for the kids and i. it was excellent. really great as a leftover too!


  20. Kristin – I'm so glad you liked it! I can't wait to make it again. You're right, it does seem to get better the next day 🙂

  21. I am making this soup for my kids tonight! I love your site!

  22. Anonymous – Thanks for the kind comment – I hope you like the soup! 🙂

  23. Yummy! I have been meaning to make a recipe like this for a long time and keep putting it on the back burner! Time to really make it happen!

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