Creamy Tortellini Minestrone Soup

10.09.2017

Minestrone Soup with Tortellini is a veggie packed, filling and oh so comforting soup that’s sure to satisfy on a cold fall day! It’s hearty, creamy and deliciously flavorful. Likely to become a new go-to soup!

Creamy Tortellini Minestrone

Cheesy Tortellini and Cream Make the Best Minestrone!

But honestly, why didn’t I think about making minestrone creamy until now? And adding tortellini in place of the boring plain noodles? Better now than never though.

Both additions are total upgrades on the traditional minestrone soup! This is how you’ll get the entire family to enjoy minestrone.

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I love that this soup is like a collision of healthy food meets comfort food.

As in sure it’s not 100% healthy because of that half and half, and tortellini isn’t packed with nutrition but there are sooooo many veggies that I still feel good about eating this.

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Creamy Tortellini Minestrone

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Olive oil
  • Fresh veggies including yellow onion, carrots, celery, green beans, garlic, zucchini and spinach
  • Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Dried herbs including basil, oregano and thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheese tortellini
  • Kidney beans
  • Half and half
  • Parmesan cheese

Scroll below for full printable recipe.

Minestrone Soup with cheese tortellini, vegetables and kidney beans.

How to Make Minestrone Soup with Tortellini

  • Saute onions, carrots and celery in oil in pot.
  • Add in green beans and garlic and saute. Add in chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, zucchini, basil, oregano and thyme.
  • Season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 12 -15 minutes, or until veggies are almost tender.
  • Add in tortellini cook through, then add in kidney beans, spinach and half and half cook briefly until warmed through and spinach is wilted.
  • Serve warm with parmesan cheese.

Creamy Tortellini Minestrone

What Should I Serve with This Soup?

Can I Use Italian Seasoning Instead?

If you don’t have the dried herbs called for in this recipe then 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning will work great too.

Can I Substitute with Cream Instead?

If you already have heavy cream or whipping cream on hand you can use that instead. I’d use 2/3 cup then add 2/3 cup broth or milk.

Can I Use Other Vegetables?

If you have other veggies to use up like asparagus, yellow squash, mushrooms or peas those would be great here too.

Creamy Tortellini Minestrone

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Creamy Tortellini Minestrone

5 from 5 votes

Minestrone soup just got a total upgrade with the addition of cheesy tortellini and half and half! It's a hearty, veggie packed, comforting soup that people of all ages will love!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: minestrone soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 397 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

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 (4 cloves)
  • 3 (14 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth, or more to thin as desired
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 cups halved and sliced zucchini (1 small)
  • 2 tsp dried basil*
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (9 oz) pkg. refrigerated three cheese tortellini
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 1/4 cups half and half**
  • Finely shredded parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots and celery, saute 5 minutes.

  2. Add in green beans and garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. Add in chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, zucchini, basil, oregano and thyme.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Stir in more broth (up to 1 cup) if you'd like a more brothy soup. Serve warm with parmesan cheese.

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

*If you don't have the dried herbs listed here 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning will work great too.

**2/3 cup cream mixed with 2/3 cup milk or broth will work great in place of half and half.

Use other vegetables here you might already have on hand such as asparagus, yellow squash, mushrooms or peas.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tortellini Minestrone
Amount Per Serving
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 719mg 30%
Potassium 1072mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 11g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 103.5%
Vitamin C 36.3%
Calcium 24.1%
Iron 27.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

27 comments

  • Breanna: My husband is allergic to all types of beans (weird, I know), but this looks so yummy! Would you just leave them out or substitute them with something? Because I really want to try it! July 4, 2018 at 7:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry to hear about the allergy, but yes you could either leave them out or substitute something like chick peas. Hope you both enjoy! July 5, 2018 at 9:42am Reply

  • Kathy: So good!! I added meatballs because i had ground beef I needed to use. October 29, 2017 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great addition! Thanks for your review Kathy! October 29, 2017 at 9:24pm Reply

  • Mary: Made this for lunch today very good the only thing I would do different would be to cook the celery carrots a little longer than I what is called for October 26, 2017 at 10:02am Reply

  • Jodi: Do you think this could be made in a crock pot? If so, how would one go about doing that? I work midnights and my daughter (the vegetarian) gets out of work at 9pm. I’d like to have a crock of hot soup ready for her when she gets home (I’ll be in bed) and then have some nice hot soup ready for me to pack for my night shift, too. THANKS!! October 26, 2017 at 7:43am Reply

  • Heather: Do you think it would be ok to omit the spinach? Not a huge fan! Looks beyond amazing otherwise! October 25, 2017 at 8:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely. And if you do like kale you could add some of that, only if you wanted to. Hope you love this tortellini minestrone Heather! October 29, 2017 at 9:38pm Reply

  • Gilda B: This was the best minestrone soup recipe I’ve ever made and my hubby was raving about it too. It’s a soup that I’ll be making forever. October 19, 2017 at 7:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Gilda! Thanks for your feedback! October 19, 2017 at 11:21pm Reply

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