I am freezing…literally. The temps today are supposed to hang right around 32, and according to CNN, all 50 states reported temperatures below freezing at one point this morning; yes even Hawaii! Personally, I love it…it gets me into the holiday spirit. However, I have been consuming soup and hot chocolate to avoid continually bumping up the heat in the house.
There isn't a better way to welcome cold weather than with a hearty, healthy soup, and I have just the recipe…Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup with Kale. This soup is not only for those with heartier appetites but is easy and can be made for dinner without hours of simmering.
Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup with Kale
adapted from Jenna, Nov 2012 at eatliverun.com
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 large stalk celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups roughly chopped cooked rotisserie chicken
2.5 quarts chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
9 oz package fresh cheese tortellini
1/2 cup heavy cream
1.5 teaspoons salt
pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. When hot, add the onion, celery and carrot. Saute´ until veggies are just tender and the onions are translucent. Sprinkle in the flour and mix well to coat all of the vegetables. Continue saut ing for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Slowly pour in 2 quarts chicken stock. Add the chopped chicken (I prefer mine chopped in chunks, but the original recipe calls for shredded chicken), garlic powder, tortellini and salt and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about five minutes until veggies are tender and pasta is plump and soft.
Stir in the cream and the kale. Continue simmering for another couple of minutes until the kale wilts in the soup. Season with pepper to tate. If your soup appears too thick, add the remaining stock. As the soup cools, the pasta will soak up the broth, so keep additional stock for re-heating the leftovers…which taste just as yummy!
Time: 30 minutes
I hope as you read this, you find yourself warm both inside and out.