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Quick Family Meals: Italian Tortellini Soup

Submitted by on January 20, 2012 – 7:15 amNo Comment

by Dr. Caron B. Goode

Family mealtimes are important times. In fact, families who eat together regularly share healthier and better balanced meals, have children who engage in less risky behaviors and have parents who are more actively involved in the lives of their children. But for today’s busy moms, preparing a meal (and getting everyone to the table at the same time) can take more time and energy than they have available. As a matter of fact, some days, it can be downright impossible. Enter my series of Quick Family Meals.

If you’re looking for easy-to-make one-dish meals, I’ve put together the Quick Family Meals series just for you!

Italian Tortellini Soup


4 carrots, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, sliced and cubed

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed

3 quarts (12 cups) Chicken Broth

2 medium zucchini chopped

1 14.5 oz can use a can of diced tomatoes

1 9 ounce package refrigerated cheese filled tortellini

Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: Add all ingredients except cheese filled tortellini to a large pot. Boil. Reduce to low. Cover. Add tortellini 15 minutes before serving. Bring to boil. Return to low. Let cook until tortellini is tender. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

To see other recipes in my Quick Family Meals series, click on the links below:

Easy Crock Pot Roast

One Pot “Take the Chill Away” Turkey Chili

The Best Baked Ziti

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Caron Goode’s (EdD) insights are drawn from her fifteen years in private psychotherapy practice and thirty years of experience in the fields of education, personal empowerment, and health and wellness. ( Look for Caron at too. Reach her at


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