Tomato soup with a twist sounded like just the thing for an easy crock pot dinner on an early February evening, when the winter chill still hung in the air. This pin was the perfect guide for a rich and robust combo. “Growing up,” Love, Pomegranate House blogger Talitha reflected, “one of my favorite soups was good ole’ Campbell’s tomato soup. So when I found this recipe for an adult version that uses Campbell’s tomato soup as a base, I knew I had to try it! I present to you Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup!”
D.I.Y diva Talitha notes that she left chunky tomatoes out of her otherwise “grown up” and more gourmet recipe, since having an aversion to them as a picky kid. I came across a few similar recipes that called for delicious-sounding sun dried tomatoes as an upgrade, but also left them out since my boyfriend can be picky too. While I stuck with the suggestion of condensed tomato soup, I used it as a thickener and instead made my base a carton of Pacific Natural Foods organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup. That also eliminated the need for chicken broth, and thereby extra sodium, but I did use the half and half the recipe suggested, to give it a smooth, silky texture.
When it comes to tortellini, unless you’re all about the Benjamins, don’t buy the fancy fresh stuff. Store brand frozen shells were half the cost! Since you’re using it in a soup, it definitely doesn’t need to be premium quality. Flip it and reverse it for garlic though: I opted for a few fresh garlic cloves rather than powder.
I boiled the tortellini following its package directions and mixed all of the actual soup ingredients together in the crock pot and started it on low. When my puffy little pastas were cooked and drained, I tossed them into the waiting slow cooker and that was that. With only about ten minutes of prep, I was really impressed with how fantastic our dinner turned out with minimal effort. This sinful tomato soup recipe really made a perfect pairing that felt indulgent without being staggeringly unhealthy. — Casandra Armour
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