Minestrone-Inspired Tortellini Soup
with Cheesy Croutons and Bacon
Tonight's dinner is an Italian classic! Warming and filling minestrone soup gets an upgrade with cheese-filled tortellini. A sprinkle of shredded parm is the perfect finishing touch to this hearty weeknight meal.
Produced in a facility that processes milk, sesame, eggs, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mustard, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybean and sulphites.
(Contains Egg, Milk, Wheat)
Vegetable Broth Concentrate
(Contains Barley, Wheat)
Parmesan Cheese, shredded
Tomato Sauce Base
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Before starting, preheat the oven to 425°F. Wash and dry all produce. Peel, then mince or grate garlic. Roughly chop spinach. Cut bacon strips in half crosswise.
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, 5-7 min.** Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving bacon fat in the pot. Set aside. Add mirepoix, peas and 1 tsp sugar (dbl for 4 ppl) to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, until veggies are tender-crisp, 4-5 min.
Add garlic and tomato sauce base to the pot with veggies. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 min. Add 3 cups water (dbl for 4 ppl), Italian Seasoning, half the garlic salt, broth concentrate and crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil over high.
Once boiling, add tortellini to the pot, then reduce heat to medium. Cook, still covered, stirring occasionally and scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, until tortellini is tender, 2-3 min. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Meanwhile, cut ciabatta into 1-inch pieces. Add ciabatta pieces, remaining garlic salt and 1/2 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl) to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Season with pepper, then toss to coat. Sprinkle half the Parmesan over top. Toast in the middle of the oven, stirring halfway through, until lightly-golden, 6-8 min.
Add spinach to the pot with soup. Stir carefully to wilt, 1 min. Divide soup between bowls. Top with cheesy croutons and remaining Parmesan.Sprinkle bacon over top.