It’s a cool 36 degrees outside today! A perfect day for a big ole pot of soup. I’m making one of my favorites, an Italian style soup. No joke, its crazy delicious!!
Which reminds me of the delicious meal I had last week while out Christmas shopping. Now first off, don’t get me wrong I love Christmas, but I dislike Christmas shopping. The stores are overcrowded and it seems I can never find what I’m looking for. Despite all that my husband and I decided to brave it and hit the stores early on Friday morning. We took along our two youngest children, since they’re not old enough to realize what we are buying for them anyway. It all seemed like a good idea.
We had made good progress on our gift list, only buying one non Christmas toy to keep baby number two happy. She had picked a sucker with a toy fan attached to the lid. I did notice the 3 and up warning, but I thought to myself; it has foam blades how dangerous could it be?
After a few hours we decided to stop and eat lunch. Usually, I’m against eating at popular food chains during prime time (lunch crowd) but the thought of eating some tasty pasta and endless salad sounded great. After all, the kids had been little angels while shopping.
Once the hostess sat us at our table and we ordered, I decided to run to the restroom and change baby number three’s diaper.
Once I returned to our table I leaned forward to place baby boy back in his seat when the large, overly stuffed diaper bag slid off my arm and onto the table. The force of the bag cleared the table of anything in its path. I’m talking plates, glasses, etc. My full glass of ice water spilled into my husband’s lap. He jumped up, gasping for air. The surrounding tables stared at this point, silencing their once buzzing conversations.
After three waiters helped us clean up the mess, I finally took my seat again and took in a deep breath. And…
That’s when I noticed the huge knot in baby number two’s hair. My husband must have noticed my horrified expression when he started to explain, “She got her toy fan hung in her hair while you were gone.” He looked stressed. “And she ate half a sugar packet from the table while I wasn’t looking.”
I wanted to fuss, but how could I? I had just soaked him with a glass of ice water.
“It’s ok,” I sighed, as I grabbed a breadstick from the basket. I immediately noticed a glossy shine to the top of the bread. Apparently baby number two had also licked all the garlic butter from the breadsticks while I was gone.
Sometimes I get stressed out being overly busy, being Mom, but then I take a step back and look at the bigger picture. One day my babies will all be grown and I won’t have anything silly to laugh at.
But in the meantime, when I crave some delicious Italian food, I think I’ll just make my own. That’s why today I’m making my tomato tortellini soup. Its creamy parmesan flavor is perfect on a cool fall day. Besides, who wants to go out anyway. Especially, when I can stay here at home, where chaos is the norm and bread licking is allowed.
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 celery stalk
- ½ tablespoon minced garlic (1 clove)
- ½ teaspoon dried basil (optional)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces salted butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 28 ounces diced seasoned or Italian style tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh chopped spinach
- 9 ounces of three cheese tortellini
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Fine chop veggies or pulse in food processor until finely diced
- In a 5 quart pot, or Dutch Oven, sauté veggies in butter until tender. Approx. 7 minutes on medium heat
- Add garlic and flour to pot and cook for 3 minutes
- Add chicken broth and diced tomatoes
- Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes
- Bring pot back to soft boil
- Add tortellini and spinach
- Cook for 8 minutes or until pasta becomes tender
- Return heat to low
- Add heavy cream, salt and half the parmesan cheese, stirring gently
- Simmer for 2 minutes
- Serve in bowls, garnish soup with remaining cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste