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
Look in your grocery store's refrigerator section for Tortellini. You want the small ones, approx 3/4" before cooking.
I love growing fresh Basil in my garden, & this time of year I bring a plant in for winter. The aroma is wonderful!
Basil makes it so good. Pick 10-15 leaves and wash.
Pour tomato juice into stock pot over medium heat.
Add canned tomatoes.
Simmer 30 minutes while preparing other ingredients
Squeeze Basil leaves together and chop.
Again.... Ahh the aroma!
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!)
Purée larger pieces and pour back into simmering soup. It's okay to keep a few smaller bite-size pieces.
Cook tortellini gently, according to directions on package. Drain and set aside.
Add sugar, olive oil & seasonings
Add butter and don't think about the calories.
Simmer on lowest setting. Do NOT boil soup. You can almost turn it off once butter is melted.
Stir in heavy whipping cream and cooked tortellini. Remove from heat.
Serve warm and savor your comfort food!
Basil and small pieces tomato add texture and tortellini gives you something to chew.