Tortellini adds immediate appeal to an otherwise basic soup.
1 1/2 tablespoons light olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 ounce can tomato sauce
16 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
8 ounces fresh or frozen tortellini salt to taste freshly ground pepper to taste
freshly grated Parmesan or grated Parmesan-style soy cheese for topping, optional
Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the carrots and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until the carrots are golden, another 3 minutes or so.
Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, dill, and 3 cups of water. Bring to a simmer, cover and continue to simmer gently until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the tortellini in a separate saucepan, according to package directions.
Stir the cooked tortellini into the soup and season with salt and pepper. Simmer gently for 2-3 minutes longer. Adjust the consistency using more water if needed. Serve, passing the Parmesan for sprinkling on the soup.
a good main-dish soup. This meal can be completed with fresh bread and a colorful salad.
As prepared, each serving contains 128 calories, 4g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 21g total carbohydrate and 4g protein.