White Bean Tortellini Soup

I talked an hour away this morning with my Amy friend.  The conversation was smooth and sunny.  A rollicking blend of stories good and bad, sorting out personal worries, giggling off insecurities, slogging through the mundane gloriosities of day to day life.  It’s just the way I wish conversations would always go.  Because, when I talk to Amy (and a small handful of other dear, darling kindred spirit pals), I feel so thankful to be me.  I feel witty and smart, and shocked beyond belief that this wittier, smarter, significantly more saavy person would actually call me friend. 

I’m a fan of friends.  Good friends.  The kind that warm you to the bone.  Make you comfy in your own skin.  Make you happy, happy, grateful and happy to be you.  Because you gets to be friends with them.

And them is loverly.


White Bean Tortellini Soup


2 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup onion, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ pound ground chicken or Italian sausage
32 ounces chicken broth
Dash worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or ½ tablespoon each of basil and rosemary)
Salt & pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (10 ounce) package whole wheat tortellini (I used the fresh Buitoni version)
3 cups kale, chopped
½ cup grated parmesan


In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then sauté the garlic and onion until softened. Add the ground chicken and cook thoroughly. Add the chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Dump in the white beans, tomatoes, tortellini, and kale. Bring to a boil and cook for 6-7 minutes, until the kale is wilted and the tortellini is cooked through. Serve immediately topped with hefty amounts of parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

12 Responses to “White Bean Tortellini Soup”

  1. Melissa Darr on March 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm Reply

    what a warming recipe for winter! And the photo’s are just glorious! Love it!

  2. SeattleDee on March 15, 2011 at 10:27 am Reply

    Your soup might warm my tummy, but your post brought sunshine and a warm-all-over feeling to the spirit. Gotta go call a couple of friends.

  3. Jessica on March 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm Reply

    This looks really yummy…almost reminds me of Giada’s winter minestrone. I’ll have to give this one a try – love the tortellini! I’ve been totally into soups this winter. thx!

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  5. Katrina on March 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm Reply

    This soup sounds so fantastic!

  6. Dana on March 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm Reply

    I wish you could have just come and cooked this for me this evening. Looks and sounds exactly like what I wanted for dinner. Yumm!

  7. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels on March 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm Reply

    What a beautiful bowl of soup. It looks so flavorful and I just love the kale in the soup. :)

    • Brooke on March 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks Lindsey! It really is a lovely soup! Hurrah!

  8. Beth on March 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Thanks for the delicious recipe. I made this tonight (while it’s pouring rain…perfect day for a hearty soup) and the kids and hubbie gobbled it up. Who knew kale would be such a hit?
    Oh, and it looked pretty too. Bonus!

  9. Aggie on March 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm Reply

    What a delicious looking soup. Looks like it would totally hit the spot in my belly :)

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