The pictures for this came out terrible, but it’s a hearty soup that comes together really quickly. We picked up all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s but you could easily make this from any store with comparable products! This isn’t soup from scratch, but it is fast, creamy and satisfying, and uses up leftover prepared pesto that you may have made yourself or bought for another recipe. Plus, it’s vegetarian and filling without being bad for you.
Tortellini Roasted Red Pepper Soup
INGREDIENTS (all Trader Joe’s)
- 1 bag dried tortellini, with cheese filling (pesto filling is also OK)
- 1 carton creamy Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- 1 package frozen Melange a Trois (tri-color bell peppers)
- 1/2 jar pesto (adjust amount to taste)
- optional: grated cheese for topping
Set a medium pot of water to boil. Boil the tortellini until they are just cooked (usually when they float to the top). Set aside.
In another large pot — I used a cast iron Le Creuset dutch oven — heat the entire package of soup over medium until simmering. Add in the whole package of frozen bell peppers and pesto, then stir in the tortellini. Once it’s all heated, it’s ready to serve!
Top with grated parmesan or pecorino and enjoy warm.
(This makes a thick soup; if you’d rather it be a bit thinner, use half to 2/3 bag of cooked tortellini instead).
The great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust it however you like. Don’t want to use frozen bell peppers? Go for frozen peas, or string beans. I threw in half a can of corn that was lying around from my Shepherd’s Pie a few days before! Love pesto? Add the whole darn jar. Not a fan? Scale it back or omit entirely. You can use any brand of creamy tomato soup, but I really like how the roasted red pepper element adds flavor here. It’s relatively healthy and will also leave you with a few tasty lunches for the week. Plus, even though I love that it’s vegetarian, you can always change that by throwing in some chicken sausage, kielbasa, ground beef or leftover rotisserie chicken. The possibilities are endless.
Dig in and enjoy!