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S O U P, 1,2,3, 4-minutes of prep time and you have SOUP! Great soup! Comforting soup!  Mmm...

This recipe was created by a family friend, a busy professional, taking gourmet classes in the evening.  The homework assignment:

Create a recipe that uses off-the-shelf ingredients, straight from the packaging.

And here it is, a recipe that uses ingredients straight from the package with almost no preparation.  Resulting in a "kit - soup" that will take ~4 minutes of prep time and serve 4-6.

Perfect for busy, hungry people!

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Step 1: Ingredients

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Use ingredients "off-the-shelf".  Quantities reflect typical units of sale.  Standard measurements are included for convenience.
  1. (3 tbsp) Olive Oil
  2. (1 tbsp) Chopped Garlic
  3. 50 fl-oz. can of Chicken Broth (~8 cups)
  4. 15 fl-oz. can of Chopped Stew Tomatoes ( ~21/2 cups)
  5. 10 oz. package of Chopped Frozen Spinach (~2 cups)
  6. (1 tsp) Basil
  7. 8 oz. package of Dry Cheese Tortellini (~11/2 cups)
  8. (1/4 cup) Grated Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients #'s 1,2,6 and 8 are only sold in units larger than necessary.

Step 2: Garlic Saute

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  • Put the oil#1 in a large soup pot on medium heat.
  • Open the can of Chicken Stock#3, but leave aside for now.
  • Add in the garlic#2 and saute until brown.  This will happen fast, so take a precious extra minute to avoid burning the garlic.
  • Quench! the saute by dumping the Chicken Stock#3 into the pot.

Step 3: Add Stocks

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  • Add the stew tomatoes#4.
  • Add the spinach#5.
  • Add the basil#6.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.  Avoid boiling off the soup.

Step 4: Toss in Tortellini

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  • Add the tortellini#7.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese#8.
  • Recover and simmer another 20-30 minutes, until the tortellini is finished (rehydrated).
ChrysN4 years ago
Looks good and easy to make.
CrLz (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Thanks ChrysN! Definitely comfort food.