Alfredo Chicken Tortellini Soup: A Hearty Twist on Italian Comfort

Are you craving a comforting bowl of soup that captures the flavors of the classic Italian alfredo pasta dish? Look no further than our delicious Chicken Tortellini Soup! Packed with juicy chicken, tender vegetables, and creamy tortellini, this recipe is sure to warm you up and satisfy your taste buds.

A Savory Transformation

We took the beloved qualities of traditional chicken alfredo and transformed them into a savory soup recipe. Our Chicken Tortellini Soup is a quick and easy dinner idea, perfect for those busy days when you’re not quite sure what to make for dinner. Best of all, it can be ready in just 30 minutes!

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Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: Cut into bite-size pieces. You can also use boneless thighs or sliced/crumbled Italian sausage as alternatives.
  • Vegetables: We use spinach, carrots, and onion, but feel free to add your favorite veggies like mushrooms, celery, kale, or broccoli.
  • Cheese Tortellini: Fresh or frozen tortellini works, just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Reduced Sodium Chicken Stock: Use a low sodium variety to control the salt levels.
  • Half-and-Half: This essential ingredient gives the soup its creamy alfredo consistency.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: For a kick of spice. Omit if you prefer a milder flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly shredded parmesan adds thickness and creaminess to the soup.

Tips for Making the Perfect Soup

To ensure a smooth and flavorful soup, follow these handy tips:

  • Stir to prevent clumps: Stir the soup base frequently to fully incorporate the flour and avoid lumps.
  • Amp up the flavor: Fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or oregano add an aromatic and tasty touch to the dish.
  • Try fresh tortellini: While frozen tortellini is convenient, using fresh tortellini can elevate the flavor even more.
  • Add spinach last: Add the spinach during the last few minutes of cooking to prevent overcooking and maintain its vibrant color.
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Serving Suggestions

While our Chicken Tortellini Soup is delicious on its own, pair it with these delightful accompaniments for a complete meal:

  • No-Knead Roasted Garlic Skillet Bread or Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits for a warm and satisfying bread pairing.
  • Copycat Olive Garden salad for a fresh and crisp side dish.
  • Monte Cristo sandwich loaded with turkey, ham, and Swiss cheese for a tasty lunch combo.

Storing and Reheating

If you have leftovers, you can store the soup in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze it for up to 6 months. When reheating, warm the soup on the stove over low heat and add some milk if needed to loosen it up. Remember to stir frequently to prevent separation or graininess.

We hope our Chicken Tortellini Soup recipe brings comfort and joy to your table. For more delicious recipes and inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Enjoy!

Originally published January 2018, updated and republished October 2023