How to Make TERRIFIC Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

Hearty & tasty, this heavenly soup was delivered hot to our door by good friend Amanda, one of many angels who nurtured us this year as my husband endured a bone marrow stem cell transplant

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Some of the ingredients you'll need to gather...  I've tried both stewed & diced. You'll end up pureeing some of the larger chunks

Some of the ingredients you'll need to gather... I've tried both stewed & diced. You'll end up pureeing some of the larger chunks

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Look in your grocery store's refrigerator section for Tortellini. You want the small ones, approx 3/4" before cooking.

Look in your grocery store's refrigerator section for Tortellini. You want the small ones, approx 3/4" before cooking.

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I love growing fresh Basil in my garden, & this time of year I bring a plant in for winter. The aroma is wonderful!

I love growing fresh Basil in my garden, & this time of year I bring a plant in for winter. The aroma is wonderful!

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Basil makes it so good. Pick 10-15 leaves and wash.

Basil makes it so good. Pick 10-15 leaves and wash.

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Pour tomato juice into stock pot over medium heat.

Pour tomato juice into stock pot over medium heat.

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Add canned tomatoes.

Add canned tomatoes.

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Simmer 30 minutes while preparing other ingredients

Simmer 30 minutes while preparing other ingredients

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Squeeze Basil leaves together and chop.

Squeeze Basil leaves together and chop.

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Again.... Ahh the aroma!

Again.... Ahh the aroma!

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After 30 minutes spoon largest tomato chunks with slotted spoon. (You probably don't have a spoon like this, which was old when I got it 40 years ago!)

After 30 minutes spoon largest tomato chunks with slotted spoon. (You probably don't have a spoon like this, which was old when I got it 40 years ago!)

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Purée larger pieces and pour back into simmering soup. It's okay to keep a few smaller bite-size pieces.

Purée larger pieces and pour back into simmering soup. It's okay to keep a few smaller bite-size pieces.

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Cook tortellini gently, according to directions on package. Drain and set aside.

Cook tortellini gently, according to directions on package. Drain and set aside.

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Add basil...

Add basil...

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Add sugar, olive oil & seasonings

Add sugar, olive oil & seasonings

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Add butter and don't think about the calories.

Add butter and don't think about the calories.

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Simmer on lowest setting. Do NOT boil soup. You can almost turn it off once butter is melted.

Simmer on lowest setting. Do NOT boil soup. You can almost turn it off once butter is melted.

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Stir in heavy whipping cream and cooked tortellini. Remove from heat.

Stir in heavy whipping cream and cooked tortellini. Remove from heat.

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Serve warm and savor your comfort food!

Serve warm and savor your comfort food!

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Basil and small pieces tomato add texture and tortellini gives you something to chew.

Basil and small pieces tomato add texture and tortellini gives you something to chew.

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