Sep 6

bell’alimento’s Tortellini in Brodo (Tortellini in Broth)

in Italian, Main Course, Recipes By Region, Recipes by Type, Rice & Noodles, Soup & Stew

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I’m so grateful to have sweet blogging friends who I can call on for help occasionally!  This past Friday I had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.  For the past month I’ve been scrambling to finish projects and meet deadlines, so that everything would be done before my surgery date.  Luckily, a couple of those sweet blogging friends volunteered to step up and make sure that things didn’t get to quiet here on LFM!  First up is one of my dear friends, Paula, the talented author behind bell’alimento.


Hi! It’s Paula from bell’alimento. Remember me. ; ) I’m super excited to be able to stop by for a second visit with all of you Fuji Fans! I know it may be a little early in the year for some to be thinking about soup, BUT since my dear sweet friend Fuji Mama is going to be recovering from a little minor surgery it’s the perfect dish to share now and it’s what I would make her if I didn’t live on the opposite coast. ; )

Tortellini Soup 2

Soup is just good for the soul. It’s comforting from your head to your toes and always makes me feel better when I’m not feeling so hot! Tortellini in Brodo is simply Italian for Tortellini in broth. It’s normally served for special occasions in Italy because it’s made from scratch from start to finish. For this recipe we’re going to take a few shortcuts, but if you wanted to make your broth from scratch and your tortellini feel free! It will definitely be worth the time investment. You can always make a large batch of tortellini and freeze the extras for later!

Tortellini Soup 1

To make a quicker version of this classic I’ve use a good quality pre-packaged cheese tortellini {you can find these in the refrigerated section at your grocers}. You can also use the dried tortellini {normally found in the pasta aisle} just remember if you do you’ll need to put it into the broth a little earlier as it will take longer to cook than the refrigerated tortellini. I used cheese filled tortellini here but if you want to use a meat filled variety, that’s fine too! Totally up to you!

So grab your dutch oven, your chef’s knife and get to chopping! You’ll be enjoying a nice big comforting pot of Tortellini in Brodo before you know it!


Tortellini Soup 4

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bell’alimento’s Tortellini in Brodo {Tortellini in Broth}

Recipe from Paula of bell’

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 stalks of celery – chopped
1 small onion – chopped
1 carrot – peeled & chopped
2 cloves of garlic – minced
8 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1 small Parmigiano Reggiano Rind {optional}
20 ounces cheese filled tortellini
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons flat leaf Italian Parsley – chopped
Parmigiano Reggiano – Grated {for garnish}

1. Into a large dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add the celery, onion, carrot & garlic. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

2. Add the broth, water, rind and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. When broth boils, add pepper and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and add the tortellini. Allow to simmer until tortellini cooks to al dente.

3. Once cooked, remove the rind. Add the parsley. Stir to combine. Garnish with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano!

Buon Appetito!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

delicieux September 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm

The soups look delicious and light, with the broth, and hearty, with the tortellini, at the same time. I’ll definitely be making this but replacing the chicken stock with vegetable stock.


Jason's BBQ Adventures September 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Great look soup. Full of flavor, but light!


Chris September 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Lovely recipe! We make a similar recipe all the time with Buitoni torts. So easy & fresh! Thank you Paula & Rachel…

(Paula – I swore I was following you on twitter–I am now!)


Victoria September 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Feel better, Rachel! This soup sounds like the perfect remedy :)


Joy September 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I love that soup recipe.


Eliane September 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Today I made a soup with wontons ! Soup with pasta is such a comfort food. Thanks Paula for this recipe, will be making it soon !
Rachel, hope you are recovering well, wishing that you feel 100% soon.


Rossella September 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Great recipe.
But how do you feel La Fujia Mama?
I hope better day after day.


Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops) September 7, 2010 at 6:55 am

We make a similar soup here when the weather gets chilly.
Rachel, hope that you are feeling better and can enjoy this delicious soup


RavieNomNoms September 7, 2010 at 7:24 am

Love this recipe! I love Tortellini! What a great recipe for the upcoming fall season!


SMITH BITES September 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

I hope you’re feeling better Rachel – this soup will cure what ails you so eat lots of it! Paula is such a good friend!


EMK@eat, drink and be merry September 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I love this dish!!! I was in Italy last winter and dropped by Bologna just for this dish. It was amazing. Your version looks so delicious, too!!!

Fuji mama, I hope you are feeling better.


Jayne September 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I tried to vote for you, Rachael. But they only take voters from the US. Sorry! I’m here supporting you in spirit, though :-).


Meg T September 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Hooray! Voted for you. This soup looks amazing.


Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 11, 2010 at 7:01 am

One of my absolute favourite soups, this one!


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