Tortellini en Brodo (Tortellini in Parmesan Broth)

tortellini brodo broth soup parmesan recipe _

Sometimes I love serving a simple dinner that just tastes good.  And this tortellini dish, served with a few ladles of good Parmesan-infused broth does just the trick.  It’s light and fresh and ridiculously easy to make.  Who can argue with that?  It also goes a long way and winds up feeling heartier than you would expect.  (Trust me, my husband looked just a wee bit bummed when he saw that we were just having soup for dinner one night of our Maine vacation, but after slurping down two bowls and declaring the leftovers as his lunch the next day, I’m thinking he was pretty happy.)

For this soup, you can make your own chicken broth, or use store-bought (just pick a brand you know and like).  And my suggestion: splurge for the best quality refrigerated tortellini (or, get really ambitious, and make your own) and use fresh parsley and grated parmesan (it really heightens the whole dish.)


8 cups chicken broth
2 (9-ounce) packages refrigerated cheese tortellini
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
Parmigiano (Parmesan), grated (optional)DIRECTIONSPour the broth into a heavy large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Season the broth with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the tortellini. Simmer over medium heat until al dente, about 7 minutes. Ladle the broth and tortellini into soup bowls. Top with parsley and parmesan.By the way, you can also add in about a pound of fresh spinach leaves to the broth after the tortellini are nearly done cooking (allow the leaves to wilt), for an even healthier spin.  This would also taste really great with fresh kale and/or white beans thrown in.  Try serving this soup at the start of a dinner party and everyone will think you’re a hero!



  1. Jessica

    This looks delish!

  2. Alyssa

    Tortellini is one of my favorite…this dish sound perfect! And I totally agree–always buy the tortellini from the fridge (or fresh, if you can!).

    • Lexi

      Right? So much better than anything weird and dried.

  3. Oh yum this looks fantastic! My fiance usually has the same reaction until I find him having seconds 🙂

    • Lexi

      That’s awesome! And truth is, they’re just happy we cooked for them. 🙂

  4. This looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us! 😉

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      Aww thanks! Checking it out now. 🙂

  5. Merritt

    This sounds incredible, especially with it being so cold out! Definitely pinning this recipe 🙂

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    • Lexi

      I promise you, it is so so good (and crazy simple to throw together!)

  6. Valerie

    This looks so good! I need to give your recipe a try this week. I’m always on the hunt for a quick, easy and tasty recipe I can pull off during the week after a long day at work. xx

    • Lexi

      It really is so good (and so simple, my favorite!)

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