I’m a huge fan of recipes that use nice round numbers.
Mainly because I find it really annoying to put a 1/3 of a can of tomatoes back in the fridge, and don’t even get me started on wrapping up half onions and hoping you’ll remember it’s sitting there in the crisper drawer next time you need one. I just don’t subscribe to this kind of cooking.
I find something really satisfying about using the ENTIRE contents of a jar, a can, an onion, or just about anything. Whenever I’m writing recipes, I’m always trying to find ways to round up or down, to avoid partial tins and partial onions cluttering up your fridge.
This creamy tomato tortellini soup is a perfect example of that. Nice round numbers, no fussing with awkwardly storing the ends of the tins. Some might call this lazy, I just call it sensible.
This is the kind of thing I could eat multiple times a week without getting tired of it. I think the Campbells soup company did something to my brain early on, which means that I instantly associate creamy tomato soup with comfort. I love it so much. Since the Campbells days though, I have upgraded my tomato soup eating habits to this homemade version.
I am obsessed with this tomato soup. It hits every spot on a cozy evening at home. It’s also really easy to make, and feeds a decent sized crowd pretty easily. Make this on those nights when you want your food to hug you.
A tomato soup for any mood
At its core, this creamy tomato soup could be embellished with pretty much whatever you want. Swap out the tortellini and white beans for gnocchi and Italian sausage. Or wild rice and rotisserie chicken. Or, one of my personal favourites, just keep it silky smooth and serve it with a whole soft-boiled egg right in the middle.
Dairy not your thing? No problem.
Because this creamy tomato tortellini soup has so much other stuff in it, the onions, carrot, and celery give it a really nice balance, without the need for dairy at all. I’ve added sour cream here, because I love it. But if you choose to leave it out, you won’t be disappointed. Just refrain from using a cheese tortellini if you're going dairy free!
Whatever you do, DO NOT try to use any low-fat dairy in this soup. Tomatoes are acidic, and anything with less than about 35% fat will almost definitely curdle once you add it in. I love sour cream, and I feel really confident in it’s stability within this soup, but heavy cream or creme fraiche are also good options.
Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 each - onion, carrot, celery
1 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic
1 sprig fresh rosemary - or 1 Tbsp dried
1 can (796ml) whole, diced, or crushed tomatoes
1 can (540ml) white cannellini beans
1 pkg (300g) store-bought fresh tortellini, I usually use a spinach/ricotta one
1 small tub (250g) sour cream
100g baby spinach, or other leafy green
1 Tbsp chili flakes
A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic vinegar to finish
Sauce the diced onion, celery, and carrot in the olive oil and salt over medium heat in a large pot until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
Add the crushed & roughly chopped garlic and sauce another minute
Add the whole/diced/crushed tomatoes and water
Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce and simmer, covered, for 8 minutes or so over medium-low.
Remove the lid, add the rosemary, and blend until smooth.
Add the white beans and tortellini, cover and simmer another 5 minutes
Stir in the sour cream and spinach
Remove from heat
Check for seasoning, and add crushed chili flakes if you’re into that kinda thing. A few leaves of fresh basil wouldn't be a bad idea either!
Bowl it up! Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with cheese.
Let me break it down for you in less than a minute!
All that’s left is big chunk of crusty bread (or a grilled cheese sandwich) for dipping, and you’ve got one of the ultimate crowd pleasing soup recipes on your hands. Depending on how much gets absorbed by those tortellini, you may need to adjust with water so it's not too thick. It's soup we're after, not tomato sauce!
Let me know what tomato soup combos you come up with! I’d love to hear from you.