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Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

January is known as 'soup month'...and for good reason.  Fog, rain, snow and wind have us craving some nice warm comfort food at this time of year.  A zippy version of tomato tortellini soup along with some crusty homemade bread may be just the thing you need on a cold winter's day.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 14 oz. / 398 ml can diced tomatoes
  • 10 oz. / 350 gr cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  1. Cook garlic in oil over medium heat until fragrant.
  2. Stir in broth, tomato juice and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil.
  3. Add tortellini, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add  basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, cream and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 more minutes. 
  6. Sprinkle each serving with additional grated Parmesan cheese.


  1. this looks so yummy! can't wait to try this. also, i received a copy of your cookbook for my birthday. what a treasure. i am enjoying it so much.thank you for publishing it. judy

  2. This IS a zippy version of tomato soup and looks oh so delicious! I can see this with grilled cheese sandwiches too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. yes tis a day for soup at -32 without windchill .. will again be making some ,, have made so much chicken soup this winter ,,maybe it.s time for a tomato one ,, along with the cheese biscuits (your recipe ) works well to which I add bacon real bits ..

    1. -32? Yes, you need soup! I'd even add extra red pepper flakes for some additional heat. Stay warm!

  4. Judy how many does this serve?

  5. This looks so yummy! It is summer here but I still want to make it!

  6. Loved this soup! It reminded me a lot of the tomato basil soup that is sold at Safeway deli. The only changes that I made were, I pureed the tomatoes and I used 2 1/2 Tbsp. of dried italian seasoning (instead of the basil and oregano). Lots of great flavour! I will definately keep this in my soup repetoire! Thanks for the recipe!