Weight Watchers Spinach & Tortellini Soup ♥

Weight Watchers Spinach & Tortellini Soup, another healthy soup ♥ A Veggie Venture. WW Friendly. Low Carb. Low Fat. Easily High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.
A simple vegetable soup enriched with fresh cheese tortellini and barely cooked fresh spinach, my adaptation of a tortellini and spinach soup from the WW app. Pick up a package of fresh pasta and a few vegetables, supper's on the table in a flash. It's slurpy delish!

A Year-Round Kitchen Staple, an Easy Weeknight Supper. Great for Meal Prep. Low Carb. Low Fat. Easily High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

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A New Weight Watchers Soup!

Way-way back, A Veggie Venture first found its following (and perhaps its calling?) when members of Weight Watchers discovered my versions of the official Weight Watchers soups. Home cooks, dieting or not, still flock to these Weight Watchers soups, especially the Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup and its Mexican cousin, Weight Watchers Mexican Zero Points Soup. They are excellent low-carb, low-cal, all-vegetable soups ... definitely ones to make again and again.

Today say hello to a new Weight Watchers soup, all the quickly cooked vegetables plus the indulgence of plump cheese tortellini from the refrigerated section at the grocery. The hardest part about this soup? Finding the tortellini! Here's a hint. At least in my stores, fresh pasta isn't near the boxes of dried pasta, it's up front in a refrigerated section along with meal kits and other semi-prepared foods!

Unlike the other Weight Watchers vegetable soups, this one's not zero points. But because a small-ish container of fresh tortellini is split ten ways, the soup tastes completely luxurious and indulgent but adds up to only two points in all three of Weight Watchers current point-counting systems, the myWW rainbow of green, blue and purple points. (I know! Just 2 points!)

Fresh Tortellini vs Shelf-Stable Dried Tortellini or Dried Pasta

Many of us stock up on pantry ingredients, including dried tortellini and other dried pastas. Would these work for this recipe? Absolutely.

Weight Watchers Spinach & Tortellini Soup, another healthy soup ♥ A Veggie Venture. WW Friendly. Low Carb. Low Fat. Easily High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.

What Makes This Spinach Tortellini Soup Special?

It feeds that hunger for pasta without over-indulging in a big plate of pasta

Fresh spinach and basil offer up a taste of summer in winter-friendly comfort food

It keeps well, it might just improve over a couple of days, perfect for weekend cooking for weekday meal prep





RECIPE for WEIGHT WATCHERS SPINACH & TORTELLINI SOUP

Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Time to table: 25 minutes
Makes 10 cups

I'm a chop-as-I-go cook but here recommend prepping the onion, zucchini and garlic before turning on the stove.

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced fine (about 120g)
2 medium zucchini, halved & sliced thin (about 11oz/300g)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
6 cups water or vegetable broth
1 9-ounce package fresh three-cheese or other tortellini
8 ounces (112g) cooked chicken breast, pulled or cubed, optional but wonderful
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
4 cups (4oz/110g) fresh spinach, stems removed & roughly chopped

TO SERVE, per BOWL
2 teaspoons thin ribbons fresh basil, lovely but optional
1/2 tablespoon grated Parmesan, lovely but optional

In a large, heavy pot such as a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil until shimmery, then stir in the onion and zucchini and cook for about 5 minutes, just until crisp-tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the seasoning and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the water and tomatoes. Cover and bring the soup to a boil. Stir in the tortellini (and chicken, if using) and return to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and let simmer until the tortellini are fully cooked (use the package instructions as a guide).

Once the tortellini are cooked, stir in the vinegar and spinach and let cook very briefly, just a minute, it should soften but remain bright green. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste.

TO SERVE For one-cup servings, scoop out about 2/3 cup of the solids and 1/3 cup of the broth into an individual bowl. Top with fresh basil and grated Parmesan.

MAKE-AHEAD This soup is wonderful straight from the pot but also holds for several days. That makes it perfect for meal prep, portioning out a serving's worth to carry to work for lunch, say.

ALANNA'S TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
I also make this soup with cabbage instead of zucchini, it holds up better over the course of a few days without getting too soft.
Use the empty tomato can to measure the water. Three full cans is close enough to six cups.
The nine-ounce package of cheese tortellini I use has about 60 pieces, so for 10 cups of soup, that's a very generous six pieces per bowl. If you want to save some calories? Use fewer tortellini, I don't think you'll feel shorted.
For meal prep, I find it a little tricky to portion out this soup. It seems to work best to use a slotted spoon to scoop out the solids (the vegetables and noodles), then divide up the broth. Otherwise, it's easy to end up with some portions short on broth.
If you choose the chicken route, you might consider also using chicken stock instead of water. Note to Vegetarians



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  1. If you make this soup ahead, don't the tortellini get too "blown" or mushy?

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    1. Pammey ~ Such a good question because that’s what can happen with regular pasta, right? But I didn’t experience that at all with multiple pots. If you’re concerned, you could cook the tortellini separately and add as used but I do think the tortellini taste better, cooked in the broth. Let me know which way you go! Take care, be well ...

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