Easy Chicken and Tortellini Soup with Kale

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup


Cheese tortellini, chicken, kale, tomatoes, garlic, onion – this soup is full of good stuff!

And it couldn’t be easier to make.  Especially if you’ve got cooked chicken in the freezer ready to go.

I almost always have chicken frozen, that I’ve either cooked myself or used Costco rotisserie chicken.  It’s such a time saver to have the meat ready to use.  A quick minute or two in the microwave is all it takes to thaw it enough so it can be added to a soup or casserole.

Next week, I’ll have another post on using meat from a Costco rotisserie chicken (or your leftover turkey).  There are so many ways to use chicken and turkey like this.

But for today, let’s talk about this soup.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Chicken Tortellini with Kale – a 15 minute recipe

This Chicken Tortellini with Kale has been made twice in our house so far.  Once by me and once by Jim.  He got home before I did the other night and texted asking if there was anything he could do.  I suggested he could make dinner.  I knew we had the ingredients for this recipe in the fridge and the recipe notes were still sitting on the counter.

Chicken Tortellini with Kale 15 minute meal


When I walked in the door, he had this dinner on the table.  I love that!

He doesn’t cook very often, but he was able to follow this easy recipe.  Actually, he was able to follow the notes, which aren’t as complete as the full recipe when I type it here.  So this is a very easy recipe.

And it’s also really good.  I wasn’t sure how my kids would react to the kale.  They love kale chips, but cooked kale is a different thing.  I didn’t need to worry though, because they loved it!

The dark, leafy kale contrasted in taste, texture and color to the pasta, cheese and chicken.  A little bit of red pepper flakes added even more flavor.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this 15 minute dish:   [Read more…]

One Pot Roast Chicken and Tortellini – Made in New ALDI Kitchen Living Cast Iron Dutch Oven

One Pot Roast Chicken and Tortellini


When ALDI asked me if I would review their new cast iron cookware, I jumped at the chance.  New cookware is always fun!

They sent a big box of all kinds of fun things.  These Special Buy items will be available in ALDI stores in November.  If you’ve ever wanted some cast iron cookware, get yourself to an ALDI store!  These are great deals and the cookware is wonderful too.

aldiproductsI used the grill pan to make grilled cheese sandwiches.  Fancy, I know.  But the pan is great!  The sandwiches turned out panini-like.  It would be wonderful for steak.  There’s no seasoning required for the cast iron pans.

And I loved the Dutch Oven.  There’s so much you can use this particular piece for.  Soups, stews, roasts, whole chickens and more.  It’s a fantastic piece of cookware to own and this is the best deal I’ve ever seen anywhere.

Here’s a list of some of the Special Buy items that are available soon:

  • Kitchen Living Two Speed Hand Blender, $19.99 – Special Buy beginning 11/13
  • Kitchen Living 6 Qt. Cast Iron Dutch Oven, $29.99 – Special Buy beginning 11/20
  • Kitchen Living Cast Iron Grill, $14.99 – Special Buy beginning 11/20
  • Kitchen Living Cast Iron Frying Pan, $14.99 – Special Buy beginning 11/20
  • Kitchen Living Heat Resistant Glove or Oven Mitt (2), $4.99 – Special Buy beginning 11/20
  • Kitchen Living Cast Iron Trivet, $4.99 – Special Buy beginning 11/20

I knew I wanted to create a new recipe using the cast iron enameled dutch oven.  My youngest daughter and I hit our local ALDI store looking for recipe inspiration.

I think I’ve shared before that I sometimes create recipes by standing at the pantry and surveying the items until I come up with a new way to combine them.  Well, that’s exactly what I did at ALDI.  It was so fun!

We hit the meat department first, where I picked up a whole chicken.  Then we wandered the aisles, looking for ingredients to add to the chicken.  My first thought was rice, but as soon as I spied the refrigerated tortellini I knew we would be doing a take on an Italian dish.

I found artichoke hearts, extra virgin olive oil and diced tomatoes.  We picked up Parmesan cheese in the dairy case and garlic cloves in the produce aisle.

And this turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever made.  It’s really easy too!  It all gets made in one pot, so there’s not a lot of clean up.  I’ve found that the enameled interior of the Dutch Oven is really easy to clean.  It looks like you’re going to have to scrub hard, but it’s a breeze to clean.

Here’s what you’ll need to make One Pot Roast Chicken & Tortellini:   [Read more…]

Tortellini Meatball Soup with Mini Baguettes

This meal is so fast to get on the table.  The soup cooks up very quickly and Sister Schubert’s Mini Baguettes are not only the prefect accompaniment, they are also quick to the table.

Do you like dipping bread in your soup?  I do and these were perfect for doing that.  The outside of the baguette is crunchy, making them great for dipping.  The inside is soft and warm, which gives them a homemade taste.  I also really appreciate that they are individual servings, versus a whole loaf that needs to be cut.  When you need to get dinner to the table fast, every little time-saving step helps!

The other thing I love about this whole meal is that it requires no advanced planning.  It’s basically a pantry/freezer meal.  All the ingredients can be kept on hand and pulled out when you need them.  The Mini Baguettes warm in the oven while the soup comes together.   I love meals like this!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the soup:  [Read more…]

Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad

broccoli tomato tortellini salad done

It’s hot outside.  Super hot and humid.

If you’re looking for a cool dinner idea, this is your recipe.

I wish I could say that I had garden fresh tomatoes for this dish, but my plants have yet to decide to really produce tomatoes.  All I have are a few small green maters that taunt and torment me because they haven’t changed in size or color for weeks.

I’m a gardening failure.  But that’s a whole ‘nuther post.  For this dish I used a couple of store bought tomatoes and grape tomatoes (tragic because this is August) and 3 delicious cherry tomatoes from my garden.

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Chicken Tortellini with Snow Peas

It’s been a while since I made this.  It was the result of a mini pantry challenge that I was doing to avoid going to the grocery.  I pulled the ingredients out of the fridge and freezer and created this.  I think I was out of garlic and that’s why I used Italian dressing in place of oil and garlic.  I wasn’t sure that it would work, but it did.  This post is going to be less of an actual recipe, and more of how to put your own make-shift meal together. [Read more…]

Turkey Italian Sausage and Tortellini Salad


It’s not often that you can satisfy the pasta lovers, meat eaters and veggie people all with one dish.  That’s what happened when I served this meal though.  The recipe is adapted from a cookbook that my sister-in-law gave me.  She is married to a career army man.  When they were stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany (2007) she helped put together a cookbook with recipes from the families of those serving with the Vanguards 18th Infantry Regiment. That book is full of wonderful recipes, including this one.

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Creamy Tortellini with Red Bell Peppers and Peas


I know I’ve declared my love for pasta many times, but let me say it once more – I really love pasta!  I bought the totellini with the intention of re-creating a pasta dish at Fazoli’s.  I’ve never eaten that dish, but the picture in the ad looked good and involved artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes.  Yum.  For some reason, I could not find artichoke hearts in Walmart the other day and I forgot to buy sun-dried tomatoes.  I did have red peppers and peas though, so I created this instead.  A very good combination of flavors in a creamy, cheesy dish.

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