Zesty chicken tortellini soup in a tan bowl next to a stainless steel spoon with a brown and white towel underneath all on a brown surface (with logo overlay)

Zesty Chicken Tortellini Soup

One pan is all you need for a hearty, filling, delicious soup this season. Combine broth with chicken and tortellini for an easy soup.

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Zesty chicken tortellini soup is a recipe that I’ve had for years in my recipe notes. It was only recently, when I went to make it again, that I realized I never posted it here!

I’ve had this recipe for so long, I don’t remember where the original idea came from. I believe this was one of the recipes on the rotating card stand at Publix (do they still have those?). I created the note in Evernote (which I use for recipe storage) in December of 2012. So yes, this recipe is older than my first-born!

I love adding tortellini to a soup and have done it a few times in other recipes. But, I believe this was the first time I did that, so it all comes back to zesty chicken tortellini soup.

The soup is “zesty” because it has a lot of flavors. It can be bold to some, but I wouldn’t call it spicy. You could add extra red pepper flakes, though, if you prefer more of a kick to the soup.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pkg dried onion soup
  • 1 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups tortellini

Preparation

In a dutch oven, bring chicken broth and beef broth to a boil, then reduce heat. Add the chicken and poach, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes. This should cook the chicken fully.

Chicken breast poaching in beef broth in a stockpot on a brown surface

Remove chicken and let cool slightly then shred.

Shredded chicken on a square white plate on a brown surface

Add the carrots, celery, onion, soup mix, and seasonings to the broth and bring to a boil.

Diced vegetables and herbs in beef broth in a stockpot on a brown surface

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add tortellini and chicken to the soup.

Beef broth with vegetables, herbs, chicken, and tortellini in a stockpot on a brown surface

Cook for about 5-10 minutes, until the tortellini is cooked through.

Zesty chicken tortellini soup in a tan bowl next to a stainless steel spoon with a brown and white towel underneath all on a brown surface (vertical)

Leftover Zesty Chicken Tortellini Soup

Zesty chicken tortellini soup is delicious when made, but even better as leftovers the next day! Let the soup cool to room temperature then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I find that much beyond that is too long and the tortellini starts to break down in the soup. Reheat on the stovetop in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir often until it’s warmed through.

Recipe

Originally Published On: December 8, 2021

Zesty chicken tortellini soup in a tan bowl next to a stainless steel spoon with a brown and white towel underneath all on a brown surface

Zesty Chicken Tortellini Soup

One pan is all you need for a hearty, filling, delicious soup this season. Combine broth with chicken and tortellini for an easy soup.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
chicken
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one pan
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soup
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tortellini
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
|
Nut-Free
Meat:
Chicken/Turkey
Cooking Method:
One-Pan Meals
Servings: 6 cups
5 from 9 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 4 carrots (chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 pkg dried onion soup
  • 1 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups tortellini

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Instructions

  • In a dutch oven, bring chicken broth and beef broth to a boil, then reduce heat
  • Add chicken and poach, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes
  • Remove chicken and let cool slightly then shred
  • Add the carrots, celery, onion, soup mix, and seasonings to the broth and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender
  • Add tortellini and chicken to soup
  • Cook for about 5-10 minutes, until the tortellini is cooked through
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Nutrition Facts
Zesty Chicken Tortellini Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 1490mg62%
Potassium 693mg20%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 6937IU139%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

19 thoughts on “Zesty Chicken Tortellini Soup”

  1. 5 stars
    This sounds like it would be full of flavour. I like that you used tortellini in the dish to make it that bit different.

  2. 5 stars
    What a delicious and comforting dish! I love tortellini soup…a beautiful recipe for rainy days 🙂

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