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Brothy Tortellini soup with Spinach, Basil & White beans- a mouthwatering vegetarian soup that can be made in 25 minutes! #vegetarian #vegetariansoup #whitebeansoup #spinachsoup #tortellini #tortellinisoup

Brothy Tortellini Soup with Spinach, White Beans and Basil

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: soup, vegetarian soup,
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian


Brothy Tortellini soup with Spinach, Basil & White beans- a mouthwatering vegetarian soup that can be made in 25 minutes!


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • one onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 2 cups celery, diced ( 3 ribs)
  • 8 cups veggie or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon dry Italian herbs (or thyme or rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 810 ounces fresh tortellini (spinach or cheese)
  • 1 can white beans (Cannellini beans are nice) drained, rinsed
  • 8 ounces chopped baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • squeeze of lemon

Garnish: Drizzle of olive oil, chili flakes, pecorino romano or parmesan


Heat oil in a large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and saute 3-4 minutes stirring. Add the celery and garlic, lower heat to medium, and saute 5-6 minutes until celery is tender. Add the broth and turn heat to high, bringing to a boil. Add salt and Italian seasoning. Taste the broth and adjust salt to taste.

Once boiling add the fresh tortellini and simmer until cooked, 4-5 minutes (look at package directions for timing). Add the white beans and simmer just a few minutes until they are heated through.  Turn heat off. Add the chopped fresh spinach and the basil. Give a stir.  Add a little squeeze of lemon ( 1-2 teaspoons).

Taste, adjusting salt and pepper.  You want the broth slightly salty- the tortellini and beans will soak up much of it as it sits.

Serve in bowls with a drizzle of olive oil, pecorino cheese and a light sprinkle of chili flakes.


Feel free to use other canned or cooked beans.

Feel free to use other pasta (penne, etc., instead of tortellini) or a gluten-free pasta.

For an extra rich broth, add a parmesan rind to the broth.

Feel free to add leftover chicken if you like.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 248
  • Sugar: 4.8 g
  • Sodium: 789.2 mg
  • Fat: 8.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.5 g
  • Fiber: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 9.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 17.5 mg