Feb 21, 2016

Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kielbasa, Kale, and Cannellini

Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kielbasa, Kale, and Cannellini

This cheese tortellini soup with kielbasa, kale, and cannellini is so crazy good. It's also incredibly easy to make.


This soup contains one of the major super foods, kale, as well as cannellini beans, which are supposed to help lower blood pressure.

Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kielbasa, Kale, and Cannellini

Then there's the Polish smoked kielbasa. It was all I could do not to just pick out all of the kielbasa out of the pan and eat it.

I hate to admit it, but I had never tried Polish smoked kielbasa before, but now I am in love with it. Where have you been all of my life?

I found this recipe while exploring my Secret Recipe Club assigned blog, Fearless Homemaker, written by Amy. If you're not familiar with Secret Recipe Club, it's a group of bloggers who secretly make each other's recipes every month and then reveal to whom we were assigned.

In fact, Amy recently had me as her assigned blog, and posted this gorgeous version of my slow cooker chicken chili.

Amy is Boston raised, but now lives in Tennessee after attending Vanderbilt for college. Her blog is about chronicling her adventures in learning how to bake, cook, craft, and host dinner parties. Her profile photo with an oversized martini glass says it all.

I had a hard time narrowing down the recipe I would make for this month's Secret Recipe Club. Among my other choices were her Italian Wedding Soup, and this Chicken Tortilla Soup, both bookmarked to be made very soon.

Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kielbasa, Kale, and Cannellini

This soup is so delicious!! It is served with a topping of about 2 tablespoons of grated or shaved Parmesan or an Italian blend, which melts right into the soup, adding the perfect amount of umami.

If you prep the vegetables in advance, you can get this soup on the table in 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight dinner. You can also prep the soup in advance, leaving out the tortellini. Reheat the soup, add the tortellini, cook for about 5 minutes, and serve.

I loved this soup with thin baguette slices toasted with garlic and cheese.

After the recipe, check out all of the Secret Recipe Club deliciousness.

Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kielbasa, Kale, and Cannellini 


Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces fully cooked smoked kielbasa sausage, thinly sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh fennel bulb
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 T chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
10 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 cups chopped kale
1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 nine ounce package cheese tortellini
1 cup freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy pot. Add the kielbasa, onion, fennel, garlic, thyme, and crushed red pepper. Cook over medium heat for about 12 minutes, stirring regularly, until the vegetables are soft and the kielbasa is lightly browned. 
  2. Add the broth and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the kale and cannellini. Simmer about 4 minutes. 
  3. Add the tortellini and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the pasta is cooked through but al dente. 
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with about two tablespoons of the Parmesan. 


25 comments:

  1. A wonderful SRC pick for cold February and one I'm tempted to make soon! Karen

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  2. PS: I was assigned your FAB blog this month! And as a bread maker I spent hours in your bread index!!!!! Lol! Karen xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Karen. It's definitely an obsession of mine! Your rolls look amazing! I need to try them with the garlic!

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  3. That looks delicious! Definitely not soup weather here but I've pinned it to try in a few months. Great pick :)

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  4. Ah, I love this soup! So simple, but so flavorful. How fun that you had me this month, and I love the recipe you choose. Awesome pictures, too!

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    1. I'm so glad I had you! Looking through your blog was sensational. You'll be missed Amy.

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  5. What a wonderful soup for this time of year. I may need to add this to the menu.

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    1. Thanks Erin. It was definitely a hit in our house.

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  6. The kielbasa is what would make this soup for me and my husband. It looks delicious. I could eat soup every day. Happy Reveal Day!

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    1. Where has kielbasa been all of my life?! Thanks Emily.

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  7. Oh, I love that this has kielbasa, kale and fennel in it! and looks super quick and easy with the already prepared tortellini! YUM!

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  8. Great choice for today's reveal. Perfect soup weather here.

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  9. Such beautiful photos of the soup! The flavors sound amazing.

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  10. I love everything about this soup...I know my family would love it! It's going on my must try list!

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  11. This soup looks so delicious and satisfying! I look forward to trying it!

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  12. You know how to pick a recipe that is perfect for the season! Ok, I should not complain, because we are having a pretty warm week, but I would still enjoy a large bowl of this soup! I never tried smoked kielbasa either... sounds pretty interesting...

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  13. I have everything right at home for this soup now! Perfect. It's a sign!

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