Happy 2019, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We had so much awesome time together as a family..but man can that time get hectic. As much as I loved the time, I’m happy as all heck to be back to reality and schedules!
So, with all of the chaos and lack of sleep came the annual Oprish post-Christmas colds. And in the event that any of you are also trying to recover from the symptoms, this soup could come in veeeerrryyy handy.
I seriously can’t believe I haven’t shared this recipe with you before; I’ve been making it for as long as I can remember. It’s full of warm, savory comfort and its hands down my family’s most requested soup. The problem is that it’s so simple to make, I never need to follow a recipe..so it was difficult for me to share it with you with no measurements-a dang good problem to have. I mean look at that ingredient list..simplicity at its finest! But this last time I made it I wrote it out as I cooked..and now I’m so happy to pass it on!
It really is so yummy, you guys. And it has that chicken soup comforting ability without a ton of work. You’re going to love it as much as we do, I just know it!
Chicken Tortellini Soup
Notes: I always attempt to make this with bone in split chicken breasts, but they can be difficult to find. Both bone in and boneless work great here..I just love the nutrient and flavor benefits that the bone provides…but either will do, the soup tastes great with boneless too.
1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter + 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast’s, or 2-3 Pounds Bone-in split chicken breasts, seasoned liberally with salt and pepper *see notes
1 Large White Onion, peeled and halved
10 Cups Chicken Stock
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Heaping Cup Sliced Carrots
20 Ounces Prepared Cheese Tortellini
3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
Grated Parmesan, for serving
Chopped Fresh Parsley, for garnish
Heat the butter and oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven oven over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until just beginning to brown on the first side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side. Remove the chicken and set it aside on a plate-it will finish cooking through when you add it back to the soup.
Add the onion halves to the pot and cook for 30 seconds, stirring often. Add the stock and salt and pepper, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, add the chicken/juices back to the pot, cover, turn the heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the onion and discard. Remove chicken to a plate; when cool enough to handle shred the chicken meat.
Turn the heat up to medium high or until the broth is at a heavy simmer and add the carrots and Tortellini to the pot. Cook until both are just shy of tender, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken and cream and simmer for 5 additional minutes. Season, to taste, with additional salt and pepper.
Ladle into bowls and serve topped with grated Parmesan and parsley, if desired. Serves 4-6.