Something Healthy. Something Hearty. Something Good.

Happy New Year to all of our Beaumont Friends, as a kick off to the New Year, we’ll be featuring fun, family-friendly recipes. I am not a Top Chef, in fact my Home Ec teacher would probably be floored that I am sharing recipes with the public. However, over the years I have come to love cooking and baking. I aspire to share the love of cooking with my two children, aka sous chefs, Elise (4) and William (1).

One of my go to recipes has been nicknamed, Playgroup Tortellini Soup. It is hearty, filled with veggies, pasta and cheese. Even my picky eater, sous chef, Elise loves this soup. It is easy for a playgroup lunch and carries well to take to others.

Playgroup Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:

2 cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

2 (13.5 ounces) cans chicken broth

1 (9 ounce) package fresh or frozen cheese tortellini

1 (10 ounce) package fresh or frozen spinach (thawed)

1 (16 ounce) can Italian stewed tomatoes

Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top of each bowl

Assembly:

In a large saucepan, sauté butter & garlic for 3-4 minutes.

Add broth and tortellini and simmer for 10 minutes.

Finally add the spinach and tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes more.

Serve in bowls and top with parmesan cheese. I also add a tossed salad & warm bread for dipping! Enjoy!

Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

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