Tortellini & Zucchini Soup

Tortellini & Zucchini Soup

Everyone knows tortellini make a quick weeknight pasta dinner—but they also add substance that turns this quick, colorful vegetable soup into a meal. One caveat: Read the label carefully; avoid pasta products made with hydrogenated oils or unnecessary preservatives. Enjoy this soup with a slice of multigrain baguette and a spinach salad.

From EatingWell: October/November 2006, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)
Yield: 6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
Active Time: 25
Total Time: 40

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  3. 1 large onion, diced
  4. 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  5. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  6. 2 14-ounce cans vegetable broth
  7. 2 medium zucchini, diced
  8. 9 ounces (about 2 cups) fresh or frozen tortellini, preferably spinach-&-cheese
  9. 4 plum tomatoes, diced
  10. 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add carrots and onion; stir, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and just beginning to brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic and rosemary and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir in broth and zucchini; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add tortellini and tomatoes and simmer until the tortellini are plump and the tomatoes are beginning to break down, 6 to 10 minutes. Stir vinegar into the hot soup just before serving.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 203 calories; 8 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 10 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 4 g fiber; 386 mg sodium; 400 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (80% daily value), Vitamin C (35% dv).

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat