Tortellini Soup

I go through a completely frivolous shame spiral whenever holidays roll around and I have to figure out what to blog about. I feel like if I was a good blogger I would make all my favorite holiday recipes a week or two in advance, so I could then blog about them BEFOREHAND and enable other people to make these dishes for their own holiday meals. And then my recipe would be featured on other websites as a “Must-Try” for whatever holiday is coming up, and people would leave me comments like “This looks amazing and is going to be a family tradition from now on! My great-grandchildren will forever be thankful that you posted your broccoli casserole recipe!”

And then…I would totally make them again for the actual event and not complain that I JUST MADE THIS and don’t want leftovers ANYMORE. But the truth is I just want to make those recipes once a year, and eat them on the real day, and honestly I sort of don’t want to be fooling with my camera while it’s happening.

This has led me to 2 conclusions:

1) I will probably never make a living off of this blog since the effort of cooking a recipe TWICE is more than I’m willing to put in.

2) Having a blog causes you to be very self absorbed. I mean, who gives a f@ck what I’m making for the holidays? Is anyone’s life really going to be upset because I didn’t post a casserole recipe the Monday before Thanksgiving?

If anyone answers “Yes” to question 2, I advise that you step away from the computer. Then throw rocks at it.

So hey, here’s what I actually made this past weekend. Tortellini soup! It is super easy to make and really great on a cold winter today. Or when you’re tired of eating turkey and sweet potatoes.

Tortellini Soup

I used vegetable broth and cheese tortellini, but you can substitute whatever you prefer to use.

Serves 2

1 15oz can vegetable broth
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 minced garlic clove
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 – 1/2 cup uncooked tortellini
5-6 fresh basil leaves

In a small pot saute the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes for about 2 minutes, or until the onion is softened and translucent. Add in the vegetable broth and once it has come to a boil add in the tortellini.

Cook tortellini according to package directions, adding the basil leaves about 30 seconds before fully cooked. Transfer to bowls and serve.

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11 Thoughts on “Tortellini Soup

  1. Between searching for the “perfect recipe” and trying to find hours in the day with daylight to photograph, I get frustrated and then I come home from work tired and so I post randomly and infrequently. I love the look of this simple, comforting soup. Thank you for sharing this and how you feel about blogging. It helps me so much.

  2. alyssa on November 18, 2011 at said:

    Thank you. This is the exact way I feel about blogging too. I post AFTER each event, not before. I suppose this works because my husband is my only reader!

  3. Ditto! That was the best post ever!

  4. Caroline on November 19, 2011 at said:

    @Everyone – so glad to know I’m not alone!

  5. Oh this came at the exact right moment for me. I’m working on a food blog rant – I can feel it rising from the pit of my stomach up into my throat a little more each day. Fear not – I won’t do it here.

    I do love your site, though. While I’m new to it, I think it’s a true gem. Thank you.

  6. yummy ! looks like what my nonna makes for me every christmas, love your blog !

  7. Your writing style cracks me up, and i know what you mean about making all your favorites twice! Happy thanksgiving then.

  8. I can totally relate. Blogging can make me a little self centred, until I realize that everything I post is really just for me, not my imaginary readers. However, as far as thanksgiving goes, I’m Canadian, so my American followers are covered. Not sure how I’ll handle Christmas… :)

  9. I am so glad I’ve come across this blog! Your writing style is lovely and as a new vegetarian, I am grateful for recipes like this. Keep up the good work!

  10. I’m with you on food blogging! I start to cook and think “better get my camera this is going to be a good one.” No forethought, always random! But your blog post about this soup changed my Saturday (tomorrow) as I will be cooking for my boyfriend and wanted this soup. So fear not, your efforts do not go unnoticed and your husband is NOT your only reader.

    Bloggers unite

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