Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tomato Tortellini Soup

Photo courtesy of Taste of Home

I realized that I had pinned this same recipe twice from two different sources on pinterest, so I must have thought it sounded good. And it was so delicious. This is definitely a soup I will make again. I made a few changes to get rid of some of the fat, and make it a little more hearty by adding some chicken. Recipe source Taste of Home.

Tomato Tortellini Soup 
1 pkg. (9 oz.) cheese tortellini
2 cans (10.75 oz. each) condensed tomato soup
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups skim milk
2 cups fat-free half and half
1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups Rotisserie chicken

1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions
2. In a Dutch Oven combine the soup, broth, milk, half and half, tomatoes and seasonings. Heat through but do not let it come to a full boil. 
3. Drain the tortellini and add to the soup. Stir in cheese and serve!


Asian Pasta Salad

Photo courtesy of Week of Menus

I pinned this recipe forever ago on Pinterest, and was excited to finally try it! I got the recipe from Week of Menus. I made a few changes, but love how it turned out. I made it for dinner and we ate it hot, then the next two days we ate it cold for lunch. It was so sweet and savory. 

Asian Pasta Salad
1 lb. bowtie pasta

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

1 red pepper, julienned
1 yellow pepper, julienned
2-3 cups rotisserie chicken
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
3 cups coarsely chopped spinach
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1. Boil and cook pasta according to package directions. 
2. In a saucepan, combine the oil, soy sauce, honey and rice wine vinegar and heat on low until the honey is completely dissolved. 
3. Put a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet and cook the peppers for about 2-3 minutes, don't let them get flimsy and soggy, they still need a bit of a crunch. 
4. In a large bowl combine the pasta, sauce, chicken, peppers, cilantro and red pepper flakes. Toss in the spinach once the other ingredients are completely combined.