Tortellini Soup with Artichokes

by heidi on January 20, 2014

There are plenty of different places I find inspiration for tasty vittles that float my boat. A bite of a dish from a favorite restaurant, a mention from a cooking show I see on T.V and then there are these things on the internets called food blogs. Have you ever heard of ‘em?

Tortellini Soup with Artichokes and Garbanzo Beans

So when I’m searching for a specific recipe to fix for the fam, it’s usually my fingers that do the walking on my computer’s keyboard.

And while pundits have been plotting the demise of print ever since the internet wiggled it’s way into our information seeking hearts, I say au contraire mo-frair!

I’m still a die hard fan of the printed recipe—whether it’s listed in a favorite cookbook or magazine. And when I’m skimming their pages, that’s usually when inspiration strikes.

Tortellini Soup with Artichokes and Garbanzo Beans

This tortellini soup recipe is based on a Tortellini Florentine Soup I saw in Better Homes and Gardens 30-Minute Dinners, one of their many culminated recipe publications I can’t seem to stop myself from buying. And since I had everything on hand (well, almost everything), and the soup can be on the table in 30 minutes, I decided it was a good addition to have in the cooking arsenal.

Tortellini Soup with Artichokes and Garbanzo Beans

Tortellini Soup with Artichokes and Garbanzo Beans

About the recipe:

I felt like making this soup vegetarian style. In altering the recipe, I added garbanzo beans for protein (the original recipe calls for chicken) and switched out the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

I added another bout of veggies in the form of artichoke hearts. I used frozen artichokes because for a soup like this I feel like they hold their form better. But in a salad, I prefer those packed in water or oil. You could sub either for the frozen, just be sure to drain all of the oil if using artichokes packed in oil.

The original recipe calls for a jar of alfredo sauce. That sounds pretty good, but I didn’t want to add the extra fat, and didn’t have a jar of alfredo sauce in the pantry, so I went with half and half instead. It added a nice creaminess to the broth but didn’t overwhelm the other flavors.

In the original recipe, they cooked the tortellini first in water by themselves. I felt like the broth would give the tortellini more flavor, soaked right in. I was right, but you could do it either way and still have a tasty soup.

Tortellini Soup with Artichokes

Yield: serves 6

Tortellini Soup with Artichokes


6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 9-ounce package refrigerated 3-cheese tortellini
½ cup oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, drained and sliced
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and rained
8 ounces frozen artichoke hearts (about 2 cups), thawed
½ cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups spinach
Parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. In a dutch oven or large stock pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add the tortellini and sun dried tomatoes to the broth and cook until the tortellini float to the top, about 3-4 minutes. Reduce the heat and add the garbanzo beans, artichoke hearts, half and half and red pepper flakes and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through and the flavors meld. Add spinach and cook 1 minute more or until wilted. Serve immediately topped with grated Parmesan cheese and more red pepper flakes if desired.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Nazia @ This Baker Girl Blogs January 20, 2014 at 1:12 am

What a bowl of pure delicious! Love all the flavours and think it looks just divine :)


Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life January 20, 2014 at 5:54 am

Our family loves soup in the winter. Pinning…I am going to make this this week!


Jenny Flake January 20, 2014 at 6:53 am

Ooooo, this is my kind of soup! I will be making this very soon! Lovely :)


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 20, 2014 at 6:53 am

This soup is totally calling my name!!


Maria January 20, 2014 at 7:06 am

I am coming over for lunch! This is my kind of soup!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 20, 2014 at 7:44 am

I love anything with artichokes!! I’ll take two bowls please.


Ashley - Baker by Nature January 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

And the wiiiiiiner of prettiest soup ever is… YOU!!! This is gorgeous! And as always, you just made me very hungry. xo


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 20, 2014 at 8:10 am

Seinfeld would love this soup :) Oh if only we were neighb’s…


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 20, 2014 at 8:25 am

This is so my kind of soup! I love tortellini!! Pinned!


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking January 20, 2014 at 8:39 am

I love the creaminess of this soup and anything with tortellini is good in my book!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

I love the touch of creaminess to your tortellini soup!


Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction January 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

This looks like perfect comfort food! I love using tortellini in soup!


Meagan @ A Zesty Bite January 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

What a gorgeous tortellini soup!


Emily January 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

You had me at tortellini. And artichokes.


Tieghan January 20, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I think tortellini can make pretty much anything better. Love the artichokes too! Great recipe! and so pretty!


Dayna February 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

I absolutely love the recipes you post – I’ve been pinning a ton of them. Tried this soup last week and I can attest it is delicious! This recipe has now made it from my Pinterest board to a permanent home in my recipe box.


heidi February 2, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for coming back and letting me know! So glad you enjoyed it.


Emily March 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

This is honestly the most delicious soup I have ever made. This will definitely become a staple in my recipe book…thank you so much!!


Grace April 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Looks amazing. I’m making this tomorrow… Do you think it would be good with roasted garlic added or would that throw off the balance?


Amy September 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Made this soup tonight and I loved it! Will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the recipe!


heidi September 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm

So glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know.


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