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Creamy Tortellini Minestrone

Creamy Tortellini Minestrone
  • Meal

    Soup

  • Cusine

    Italian

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced celery

1 cup 1-inch cut fresh green beans

1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic

3

2 cans diced tomatoes

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 1/4 cups halved and sliced zucchini

2 tsp dried basil*

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried thyme

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pkg. refrigerated three cheese tortellini

1

2 cups chopped fresh spinach

1 1/4 cups half and half**

Finely shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots and celery, saute 5 minutes. Add in green beans and garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. Add in chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, zucchini, basil, oregano and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bring mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer 12 -15 minutes, or until veggies are almost tender. Add in tortellini and cook about 7 minutes or until cooked through, then add in kidney beans, spinach and half and half cook until warmed through and spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes longer. Stir in more broth (up to 1 cup) if you'd like a more brothy soup. Serve warm with parmesan cheese.