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Tortellini Tomato Spinach Soup is quick, easy, and CHEAP dinner…And best: delicious!
There are two words that adequately describe a grad student: broke and busy. We are too broke to do anything fun, but too busy to even care that we can’t have fun.
I’m exaggerating of course, but the first couple of semesters of physical therapy school were insanely busy and I forgot what it was like to have a life outside of school. As a result, my meals also suffered.
When I realized it wasn’t healthy to live off Lean Cuisines and oatmeal, I stopped being lazy and started getting creative! My three criteria for most meals I cook are that they must be cheap, quick to make, and most importantly delicious!
This recipe definitely covers all three bases and is one that I will definitely be making again. I adapted it from the blog of a new friend who inspired me to start my own blog after being hesitant for so long.
I met Becky from thymeforwine last weekend and I seriously felt like I was meeting a celebrity when I found out she was a food blogger. She was so sweet and encouraging about me starting a blog and I am so glad I met her! She also has a great food blog, so head on over to her site and check it out.
Oh, and make this Tortellini Tomato Spinach Soup the next weeknight you are running short on time and want something fast and delicious!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 white onion
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes
- 8 oz. tomato sauce
- 9 oz package of whole wheat cheese tortellini or any other type of tortellini you like
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 9 oz bag of baby spinach chopped
- 1 bag frozen corn
- shredded cheese for garnish
In soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
Add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth, tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
Turn up the heat to high and bring to boil.
Add the spices, corn, and tortellini and cook to package instructions (mine took 7 minutes).
Finally, add the chopped spinach and serve immediately.
Garnish with shredded cheese.