Chicken Tortellini Soup

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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

15 Minute Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

Comfort food season seems to be quickly approaching around here and we are welcoming it with open arms. It’s rainy, gloomy and a bit chilly so this pasta dish is totally fitting the bill!

Now when I say 15 minutes, I MEAN 15 minutes..max. You won’t believe how quick and easy this one is..it’s such an awesome one to keep in the rotation for crazy weeknights.

You can use any fresh pasta variety or shape that you like here..think tortellini, fettuccini, etc, but just make sure it’s the “fresh” stuff in the refrigerated section of your market..it makes all the difference in the world. This is the one we use from Trader Joe’s..it’s our fave

Non-dairy friends, you’re going to have to pass this one up. Dairy friends, you’re NOT going to want to pass this one up. Your kids will adore it as much as the grown ups…it’s rich, cheesy and such a goodie!

15 Minute Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

Note: use any dryer white wine here that you enjoy the taste of..we use a Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients

16 Ounces Fresh Pasta

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Pound Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined + seasoned liberally with salt and pepper

1 Tablespoon Butter

2 Large Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

1/2 Cup White Wine *see note

2 Cups Heavy Cream

3 Cups Baby Spinach

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan + more for serving

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp in 2 batches, making sure they are in a single layer. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until no longer translucent. Repeat with second batch. Remove the shrimp to a plate and set aside.

Add butter to the same pan. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring often. Stir in the wine, scrapping up all the bits from the bottom of the pan, and cook until wine is reduced by about half. Stir in the cream and simmer for five minutes.

Add the pasta, shrimp, spinach and Parmesan to the sauce and gently toss to combine. Serve topped with additional Parmesan, if desired. Serves 4+

Warm Grilled Salmon and Orzo Salad

Well friends, it’s back-to-school day over here! One down, one to go next week and as wonderful and adventurous as our summer was together I think we are all ready for some structure and space…getting back into the swing of schedules is feeling so good already!

Our summer break dinners seemed to be so loosey goosey this year. Most nights, dinner ended up being a game time decision based on how late our day ran. Even if I meal planned for one thing, chances are we’d end up squeezing in one more afternoon activity which made me change the plan for lack of time. So needless to say, this mama is so excited to be back on a schedule of meal plans!

This Grilled Salmon and Orzo Salad is just one of those dishes that will fit so nicely into our weekday dinner plans. It’s super fast and can easily be prepared in under 30 minutes…and if you make the vinaigrette ahead of time you’re looking at 20 minutes or less…can’t complain about that!

It’s the perfect summer to fall transitional dish because it uses all of the wonderful tomatoes available right now, yet it’s got a small bit of a comfort factor while still being light. And it tastes super yum too…an awesome way to switch up how you serve salmon!

To all of you parents sending those kiddos off to school as of recent, I wish you a smooth transition and a wonderful, fun-filled year for both you and the kids. And for you teachers…you are EVERYTHING. Thank you for being such a bright light in our kiddos lives…you are shaping the future, truly!

Xo

Warm Grilled Salmon and Orzo Salad

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 Garlic Clove, grated or pressed

2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard

1 Teaspoon Maple Syrup

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper

For the Salmon/Salad

1 1/2 Cups Orzo

4 (4-6oz) Skinless Salmon Filets, seasoned liberally with salt and pepper

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

4 Cups Baby Spinach

2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved

1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese

1/4 Cup Toasted Pine Nuts, optional

2 Tablespoons Chopped Basil

Directions

For the Vinaigrette

Place all ingredients in a small jar, cover with a lid and shake until well combined. Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

For the Salmon/Salad

Cook Orzo according to package directions. Drain and place in a large bowl.

Preheat grill over medium high heat. Drizzle olive oil over salmon and gently rub to ensure the are well coated, adding more oil as necessary. Place Salmon on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes or until nicely browned on top. Flip and finish cooking until the fish is opaque and cooked thru, about 3 more minutes. Remove salmon to a plate and set aside.

Add the spinach, tomatoes, feta and pine nuts to the Orzo. Drizzle on the vinaigrette and toss gently to coat. Flake the salmon with a fork, divide Orzo Salad among dishes and top with salmon and basil. Serves 4.

One-Pot Salmon Pasta with Cream Sauce

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So to go with this grey month, how about a rich, gooey, comforting pasta dish that you can get on the table in 20 minutes?  Yes?  Yes.  Let’s do it!  Continue reading

Pasta + Zucchini Carbonara

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I’ve assumed for a very long time that everyone makes Pasta Carbonara.  Without a recipe, just by use of memory and repetition. As if it is one of their kitchen staple dishes that they go to when in doubt and in pinch.  And when they are strapped for time and need the worlds fastest dinner on the table. Because thats absolutely how it is for me. But my mama slapped me ever so gently on the wrist when she called the other night when I was whipping this one up, it went a little like this:   Continue reading

Tomato Basil Cream Chicken

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This is something I make fairly often and realized just this week that I have yet to share the recipe with you.  You’ll have it on the table in the blink of an eye and it may be devoured just as quickly, too.

This Tomato Basil Cream Chicken is the perfect dish for those times when you are wanting yummy tomato flavor but are unable to get your hands on delicious, home-grown varieties.  Store-purchased roma tomatoes are all you need-sounds blah, no?  But let me just tell you how this whole deal works…I’m sure I can convince you to get the “blah” out of your brain… Continue reading