Thursday, December 2, 2010

CEiMB - Spinach Tortellini Soup

Hostess for this week:  Bri of Yoshimi vs. motherhood at http://yoshimivsmotherhood.blogspot.com/

Well Thanksgiving is over and what a fabulous week it was!  As most of you already know, I got to multi-task and celebrate my birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas all in one week.  It was almost too much fun for one body to handle.  Wanted to share this photo with my beautiful flowers that a friend of mine sent me for my birthday.  My son also sent me some lovely autumn flowers.  I cooked a lot during those three days.  I had both my handsome sons home for a day and a half.  We made the most of our time together.  We had a great bowl of chili while we watched the Iron Bowl, then later we had our Thanksgiving feast of turkey, dressing, green beans, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes and corn casserole, with pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.  The next morning we had Ellie's Blueberry Almond French Toast and it was a big hit with everyone.  My beautiful new granddaughter was here too and just a bundle of love.  Also, we enjoyed meeting my younger son's new girlfriend Serena.  They live in Orlando and my other son lives in Dallas.  It is always great to see them when they can visit.

Now it is December and that means decorating the house for Christmas.  I have the tree up so that is a big start, right?

On to the soup.  That is why you are here.  This was a spinach tortellini soup that contained some celery, carrots, and onions.  It really was just a good vegetable soup with a tomato base.  I think I went a bit overboard with the red pepper flakes though because we found it to be quite spicey.  I also think it would have been good to add some chicken to it, but I made it like Ellie's recipe this time.  Love tortellini.  I just used regular ones, however, instead of the spinach ones.  It was a quick and easy soup to make on a weeknight and tonight was about as cold a night as we have had here in Alabama so it was the perfect night to enjoy a good, hot soup!  We served it with a hunk of french bread.

For the recipe, you can find it at Bri's blogsite or you can get Ellie Krieger's So Easy cookbook.  Come join us at Craving Ellie.  It is a great group of cooks.

12 comments:

Joanne said...

What a wonderful week you had. So fulfilling with all the love of family and the fun time spending the holiday AND your birthdays together. Lucky you! The flowers are beautiful.
And the soup... we liked it especially on the cold night we had it here in NY. It was light but filling with the tortellini. I used four cheese whole wheat tort. since I couldn't find the spinach & cheese.

Bri said...

It looks wonderful! I'm so glad you had a great holiday weekend! Thank you for cooking along this week.

Oh! To answer your question about my immersion blender: I do use it a lot. But then again, I often like to puree ingredients because I have weird food texture issues and sometimes do not like certain things to be chunky. So if there are lots of times that you want to blend something but don't feel like pulling out the blender, I say you should go for it!

therookiebaker said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your family! The flowers are gorgeous. Your soup looks delicious!

Jennifurla said...

happy belated birthday, I too love tortellini soup - filling and delicious

Leslie said...

Sounds like you had a week to remember, Peggy! Your soup looks fantastic...how I wish I had a steaming bowl of it, with that delicious bread on the side of course!

TeaLady said...

Isn't it great to have family come in and spend time. I had my dau and beautiful g'dau all to my self as the other inlaws were out of town. So much fun.

Pretty chilly here in the deep south the other night, wasn't it. And perfect for this soup. Glad I made the whole batch. Definitely a keeper.

BTW Happy Birthday.

Sweet and Savory said...

When you have grandchildren over, you can't speak about soup. Despite that, your soup is lovely and your flowers, even more lovely.

A busy week that is all celebration must be very good. Congratulations.

Mary said...

I agree..it would be good with chicken. Happy Belated birthday!

Kayte said...

Such fun to hear about your family times. Happy Birthday! I think we will be needing a photo of that grandbaby before she goes to prom...yes, we do! Your soup looks wonderful, I finally got to make it today and we loved it. I am putting this one in the regular rotation around here!

Liz said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful week with your family! I am so glad you were able to spend time with your sons and new granddaughter :) Beautiful flowers by the way!

Clivia said...

Sounds like you had a busy and wonderful week. And you still had energy to decorate the tree and make this delicious soup. You're a powerhouse. Great work!

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