One-Pot Pasta Soup, Thanks to a Freezer Shortcut

updated May 1, 2019
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Keep a bag of frozen tortellini tucked away in your freezer and you can rest easy knowing that a quick meal is always at the ready. This series on fast tortellini dinners will show you how to transform frozen tortellini into dinner using pantry staples and a few surprising techniques. Pasta sauce is just the beginning!

Dinner tonight should most definitely be this almost-instant pasta soup. There’s no need to pry open a can of the store-bought stuff when you’re craving a bowl of something brothy; you can still have a (mostly) homemade soup in a matter of minutes. Everything comes together as quick as can be, thanks to the help of a few freezer shortcuts like precooked meatballs, peas, and tortellini. Simmer everything in a big pot of chicken broth and you’ve got a comforting bowl at the ready.

Why You Should Make One-Pot Tortellini Soup

Here’s a cozy soup that cooks up in a matter of minutes. The secret is to simply jazz up plain chicken broth. Frozen tortellini quickly turn a pot of simmering chicken broth into dinner in minutes. Add some precooked frozen mini meatballs and frozen peas to the equation and, well, you’ve got dinner!

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How to Make It

Bring either homemade or good-quality store-brought chicken broth to a simmer in a pot. Toss in frozen mini meatballs and frozen cheese tortellini and continue to simmer for six to eight minutes, until the pasta is cooked through. Add a few generous handfuls of frozen peas and simmer for another minute, until warm. You can switch up the veggies, but peas cook really quickly and absorb the flavor of the broth with ease. Then finish the pot with a big squeeze of lemon, which helps make the flavors taste extra bright. If you’re feeling like you want more flavors, stirring in a big spoonful of pesto is a very good idea.