Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup is a fun way to enjoy delicious vegetable soup. You can add any garden vegetables that are in season to this soup. It’s really just a version of Minestrone Soup, but with added tortellini, taking it to the next level.
How to make Chicken Tortellini Soup
Here is my official disclaimer, I cheat in this recipe cheats a little. I do not make the tortellinis from scratch, but buy them from the supermarket. I don’t have the time to make fresh pasta for every single dinner. I sometimes use the ‘easy button’ and buy things that make my life easier, like tortellini. I’m sure most of you are the same, aside from the super parents/cooks. However, that doesn’t mean when you have the time, you shouldn’t make meals from scratch!
It’s always best to make chicken stock from scratch, but if in a hurry, use store bought stock. I sometimes make chicken stock in my Instant Pot and freeze it from an easy meal to defrost later. I don’t often cheat with soup stock, bone broth is always best homemade.
I love using chicken thighs, as they are the most flavorful part of the chicken. However, some people prefer chicken breast, or when I’m in a hurry, I buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it. Remember to save the rotisserie chicken carcass for your next soup stock by freezing it. Chicken thighs can take some time to clean, but the flavour is worth it. Bacon adds a subtle depth to my Chicken Tortellini Soup, but you can leave out the bacon if your prefer. But I still think everything tastes better with bacon.
Tortellini Soup Variations
There are many different additions you can add to his Tortellini Soup recipe. I’m a huge fan of using what’s in season in your garden or the supermarket. It’s fresher, tastier and usually cheaper when in season. Some people add spinach to their soup. Others add white beans, Italian sausage, broccoli, or even whipping cream. None of these are incorrect, use what you what and what you love!
Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup with bacon and vegetables is a heartwarming soup, great in summer or winter. The kids love eating the tortellini, they don’t even notice the vegetables! A tasty soup recipe when you’re in a hurry, saving you time while making real food. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Chicken Tortellini Soup
A Chicken Tortellini Soup that saves you time and still tastes great! Made with store bought tortellini, bacon and fresh basil. Delicious and hearty, loaded with vegetables. Your kids probably won't even notice how healthy this dinner is!
- 500 grams boneless chicken thighs cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 rashers of bacon
- 2 onions diced
- 3 stalks celery sliced
- 2 carrots sliced
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 small tomatoes chopped
- 2 zucchinis cut in half then sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- 12 cups chicken stock 3 litres
- 1 packet of cheese tortellini
- grated parmesan cheese
- bunch fresh basil
- bunch fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large stockpot on high. Add the chopped chicken thigh pieces and fry until golden brown (about 7 minutes). Set aside.
In the same stockpot, add the onions, bacon and garlic. Cook on high for about 5 minutes until the onions start to become translucent. Add the carrots and celery and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, oregano and a handful of chopped fresh basil and cook for another 5 minutes. Lastly add the fried chicken thigh pieces back to the stockpot and mix together.
Add the chicken stock and bay leaves to the stockpot and bring the soup to a boil. Stir in the tortellini and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the chopped zucchini and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with fresh chopped basil, parsley and grated parmesan cheese.
Can substitute chicken thighs with chicken breast or a shredded roast chicken.