This heartwarming soup is so quick to fix on a busy night and full of healthy, tasty ingredients! In the past, I’ve shared an antipasto tortellini pasta salad. So, I thought it might be fun to create this main course soup using the same fabulous flavors. Each large 2 cup serving has 318 calories, 8 grams of fat and 6 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 9 Green.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup red bell peppers, chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 cups lite salami, cut in fours or lite turkey pepperoni, see shopping tips
1 (48 oz) container Swanson’s reduced-sodium chicken broth or 1 (32 oz) container and 1 (14.5 oz) can
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (9-10 oz) package refrigerated cheese tortellini, see shopping tips
½ small can sliced black olives, drained
2 cups fresh baby spinach, packed
¾ teaspoon dried basil
Black pepper, to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional topping
1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add onions and red bell peppers. Cook in microwave for 2 minutes, to soften.
2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick pot or pan. Add garlic and salami and saute for 1 minute.
3. Stir in broth, tomatoes and beans. Bring to a bowl. Stir in tortellini. Turn heat down and simmer 5 minutes until pasta is almost tender. Stir often. Mix in black olives, spinach, basil and a little black pepper. Cook for 2 minutes until spinach is wilted and tortellini is tender.
4. Ladle into bowls. Top with a little Parmesan cheese, if desired. ThIs soup freezes great. Since the pasta absorbs some of the liquid, when reheating, you might need to add a little more chicken broth.
Makes 12 cups total, 6 main course serving. Each serving, 2 cups.
I used Trader Joe’s Cheese Tortellini. It’s fresh pasta and found in the refrigerated section. Most supermarkets carry a few brands, such as Buitoni.
I used Gallo reduced-fat salami. This brand and other brands are available in the luncheon meat section of the supermarket. In addition, I like Columbus Lite Italian Dry Salami and it’s gluten-free. I found it at Von’s/Safeway in the deli section. Or you could use Hormel’s 70% reduced-fat turkey pepperoni. You’ll find it in the luncheon meat section of most supermarkets.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 6-Blue
WW SmartPoints 9-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 8
|SKINNY FACTS: for 2 cup serving
318 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat, fat, 47mg chol, 20g prot, 40g carbs, 7g fiber, 1,300mg sod, 7g sugar
|FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
201 calories, 2g sat. fat, 12g protein, 2g sugar