So the whole meal planning thing wasn’t as bad as I thought. Well, I lied. I hate coming up with ideas for dinner (planning ahead at least) but it is is necessary evil if I want to have all the right ingredients for something for dinner. You do what you gotta do.
So yesterday, I went to Market Basket for a little grocery shopping fun, and came home $50 lighter and 20 pounds heavier. $50 for a weeks worth of food isn’t too bad! I picked up a nice loaf of French bread on the way out and it was such a good idea.
I made Tortellini soup from a recipe I made up because I was too lazy to look up one I had seen before. Personally, I love a nice chunky soup. I hate to have to fish out little morsels out of a bowl of broth. Too much work for such a disappointing surprise. C’mon Campbells! We all know you can afford to throw in another handful of mini chicken cubes into your chicken and stars!
Anyways, I used two bags of Market Basket frozen cheese tortellini. I bought a box of chicken broth but because I was making such a large pot of soup, I ended up using 4 boullion cubes with 4 cups of water. I bought MB brand frozen chopped spinach, a can of stewed tomatoes, and sausage. I cooked the tortellini and took the casing off the sausage and cooked that while the broth was warming up on the stove. I added all the ingredients together in the pot and let it simmer for a bit. We ate it maybe an hour later with the fresh bread. It was delicious! It was filling too. My husband is a pretty picky eater as is our friend that was over and they both liked it. If I knew that all it took for my hubby to eat spinach was to throw it in a soup, I would have started making this stuff long ago! I had a small bowl and later had a half a cup after it had been sitting for a bit and it was even better! I highly recommend it! If I made it again, I would add another can (or just 1 big can) of stewed tomatoes… but that is only because I love stewed tomatoes.
Simple Tortellini Soup
*I would halve this recipe… I made about a gallon of soup with this!
-2 pkgs frozen tortellini
-1-2 cans of stewed tomatoes
-1 pkg (6 links) of sausage or 1 pkg sausage meat
-1 pkg chopped spinach, frozen
-8 cups chicken broth
1. Boil water and cook tortellini as directed on package. While cooking, brown sausae meat.
2. In a large pot, add broth and frozen chopped spinach and allow to thaw on a med-high heat.
3. Add cooked tortellini, browned sausage, and canned tomatoes (I did not drain to add a little more flavor).
4. Set to simmer for a bit. You can eat it right away or leave it.