Mmmmm….Noodle Soup

by tinareale on November 20, 2012

Who loves a good Friends reference? I sure do; although not any more than I love a hearty bowl of soup this time of year. The warmth. The flavor. The innumerable combinations. The ease. The comfort. I could go on. Once we hit this time of year, we have soup at least once per week. I have a few that always make it into rotation, such as my two favorite chilis.

Classic Chili:


Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili:


And the classic Homemade Tomato Soup:

tomato soup 2

Then, I also have some new recipes I recently tried that our family has welcomed with open arms as part of the regular soup rotation. I actually plan on making Chelsey’s  Roasted Potato, Broccoli, and White Bean soup for my family tomorrow night when they come to stay with us for Thanksgiving since we have come to love it so much.

Then, there are the recipes I made  numerous times in the past but seem to forget about a couple years down the road. Like this Italian Tortellini Sausage soup Peter and I had repeatedly while I was pregnant with Braedon. Then, I guess mommy brain got the best of me and we didn’t have it again. Until recently. And now I don’t want to ever forget about it. I don’t want you to forget about it either. So I’m sharing the recipe!

Italian Tortellini Soup


Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Serves 4-6


  • 3 Italian turkey sausages, casings removed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 and 3/4 cup water
  • (1) 15 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • (1) 9 oz package whole wheat refrigerated tortellini
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • red pepper to taste

Crumble sausage into a Dutch oven. Add the diced onion and minced garlic. Cook until sausage is browned and onion becomes translucent. Add the vegetable broth, water, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Once the liquid reaches a boil, add the package of tortellini. Allow the liquid to return to a boil. Cook the tortellini for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add the chopped, fresh spinach and seasonings. Let sit for an additional 5 minutes, until spinach is wilted. Serve hot.

Your Turn: What soups do you prefer? Chilis, vegetable stews, creamy soups, broth based classics?


1 Lisa November 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Ha ha. Friends is the best show ever. Got that right away;) Oh, this looks so awesome! I may try this out with chicken, since I have no turkey sausage on hand. I can’t get enough of chilis and hot soups lately.

2 Carissa November 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I love just about any style of soup, but it has to be pretty hearty for the hubby to go for it so I generally gravitate towards making chilis and chowders.

3 Lauren November 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I crave soup this time of year. So so good!

4 alyssa - life a la wife November 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

We are also quite the soup eaters around this time. It keeps me warm and full!

5 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I love soups of all kinds… If I’m wanting something more hearty and filling, I prefer a chili or a chunky soup. But if I want something to dip bread or a sandwich in, I like a tomato soup or a creamy soup!

6 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

LOVE the friends reference – i can’t believe i went so long without ever seeing that show!

7 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian November 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I am not a fan of pureed soups…the chunkier the better. I love vegetarian chili and various vegetable stews.

8 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I’ve always been a big fan of pureed soup…but the tortellini soup looks fantastic! Pinning that. :-D

9 Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} November 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Mmmm, soup is one of my favorite filling foods. I’m a fan of pureed soups, esp when I’m trying to lean out and want something warm. The tortellini soup looks good, my boys would love it! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

10 Katie November 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm

When I read the title of this post, it was in Joey’s voice. I was wondering if it was just a coincidence or if it was an intentional reference. Love it! My favorite type of soup concoction is the brothy variety–at least most of the time. I like to mix it up though. Soup of ANY kind is one of my favorite things about the cold weather. :)

11 Heather November 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm

love the friends reference! oh, joey! i love all soup….veggie chili and traditional broth based are probs my favorite. most recently i made a black bean soup that i topped w/ avocado…can’t go wrong w/avocado!

12 Lee November 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I really like any soup, but I am a big fan of the broth based classics. When I was a little kid, my mom and I would go to Chinese restaurants and order Wonton Soup without the wontons.

13 lindsay November 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

LOL! I love JOEY!!! haha.

and i love all these soups. White bean is a fav!

14 Coco November 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I definitely will try that sausage tortellini soup – but what is a dutch oven? (I probably have one but …. )

15 tinareale November 21, 2012 at 6:56 am

Just a very large, large pot. Dutch oven just sounds fancier for a recipe. Haha.

16 Becky November 21, 2012 at 1:08 am

Mmmmm they all look so amazing! This time of year my family loves to eat soup and crock pot meals. There is a great healthy cookbook titled, “Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence” by Holly Clegg. I have been using a lot of her crock pot meals. As for soups… I want to try all of the recipes posted above. I LOVE soup!

17 Miz November 21, 2012 at 6:11 am

it’s finally cold here in the ATX too.

18 Kierston November 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

I love chilis and broth based soups :)

This season does call for soups doesn’t it?

19 jobo November 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

LOVE the friends reference ;-) and pinned a few of these, LOVE the idea of sweet potato chili!! drool!

20 Amanda @RunToTheFinish November 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

i actually just bought everything to make my favorite veggie chili!! we must be on the same wave length :)

21 Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife November 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I am a creamy soup fan. I dont’ like chili or red brothy soups!

22 Yum Yucky April 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

Yes yes YESSS. Coco sent me here and I’m totally making this. I looks so fab. I figure this weekend I’ll whip it up with some homemade bread on the side. Thanks for posting this awesomeness.

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