Friday, January 25, 2008

Mmm Mmm Great

Nothing beats a good bowl of soup after a long, hard day. This recipe from Real Simple is savory and soothing.

Hint: Save time by using the meat from a rotisserie chicken purchased at the grocery store.

Tortellini Soup
Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
2 carrots, cut into thin rounds
1/2 bunch Swiss chard, cut crosswise into 1-inch strips
1 8- to 9-ounce package tortellini
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Rinse the chicken pieces and remove the skin. Place them in a large saucepan. Add the broth and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through, about 35 minutes. Skim any foam that rises to the surface. Transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool. Shred the meat; discard the bones.
Meanwhile, strain the broth and return it to the saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the carrots, Swiss chard, tortellini, salt, and pepper. Simmer according to the tortellini's package directions. When the tortellini are done, add the chicken and heat for 3 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
Yield: Makes 4 servings (9 cups)

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