This vegan tortellini soup is so cozy and satisfying. Store-bought, plant-based tortellini makes it easy to prepare the soup in 30 minutes. The addition of beans, greens, and vegetables make the this one-pot meal as wholesome as it is comforting!
There are many plant-based product innovations that I’m happy to see in the world, yet don’t often use.
I could probably get excited about plant-based crab cakes or fish sticks, mostly as an excuse to eat vegan tartar sauce. But seafood was never really for me, so I’m not in a rush to try the vegan incarnation.
There are vegan meats that I love, but burgers, which are the focus of a lot of plant-based innovation, don’t top my list.
Vegan tortellini is something that I’m very happy exists, and I buy it regularly.
You can make this cozy vegan tortellini soup with the plant-based stuffed pastas that are available in stores these days.
The soup is filling, hearty, nutritious, and fast. What could be better?
“I don’t love salad,” so many new clients say to me. They declare this when the topic of trying to eat more vegetables comes up.
Of course the assumption here is that salad is the primary vehicle for veggies. But that’s just not the case: so many warm dishes can be brimming with nutritious produce. And soup is a prime example.
A big pot of soup will give you opportunity to feature so many types of vegetables and other nutrient-dense plant-based ingredients. Alliums, including onion and garlic are often involved.
Soups can also include legumes, such as beans, lentils or split peas. Two of my favorite soups are a vegan chickpea soup and a black bean and kale soup. Both are easy to make and packed with vegan protein.
If you struggle a little to eat enough green vegetables, soup can be a great vehicle. There’s so much buzz about green juice, but what about a simple green soup? It’s deeply nourishing, and unlike juice, it’s warming, too.
In other words, many of us tend to associate soups with comfort in the wintertime. Yet we don’t think about how nutritious they also are.
Where comfort meets good nutrition is the place that I like to be. This vegan tortellini soup is a great example.
Just keeping it real here: I don’t actually make the vegan tortellini that goes into this soup.
I’d like to make my own tortellini at some point. Lately, though, recipes that are significantly easier than homemade pasta have been a challenge. So I’m taking some of my own advice and choosing a shortcut.
Week after week, I join my Telehealth appointments and assure clients that it’s not only OK, but actually very wise, to rely on tasty store-bought products if it’ll make preparing meals easier.
I encourage them to try some wholesome frozen dinners or breakfast burritos, to use plant-based deli slices or store-bought smoky tempeh strips in a sandwich, or to heat up some vegan meatballs.
And while it’s lovely to go to the farmer’s market, pick up whatever’s in season, and turn it into a meal, it’s also very smart to keep bags of frozen veggies in the freezer.
I can’t tell you how often I’ve defrosted broccoli florets or green beans in the microwave, added a pat of vegan butter and a pinch of salt, and called it a day when no other type of vegetable preparation seemed feasible.
In other words, short cuts are good. They signal a willingness to accept life the way it is and make smart choices within that reality.
Vegan tortellini is a short cut that I’m happy and very willing to take. Stuffed pasta is one of my favorite things, and I’m so happy that plant-based options now exist.
Vegan tortellini isn’t an inexpensive shortcut. So I combine it with other, less spendy ingredients in this vegan tortellini soup recipe: beans, canned tomatoes, and vegetables.
I love the Kite Hill brand, which can be found in stores across the US.
I’m less familiar with options abroad. One vegan tortellini that I know is available in Germany and Denmark—and possibly other countries in the EU—is the KoRo organic pumpkin and apple tortelloni.
Stuffed pasta. Tomatoes. Beans. Kale.
I love the ingredients here, so the soup is a very easy win for me.
What makes it even better is the fact that it’s quick, easy, one-pot meal. Here’s how to prepare it.
A standard soup-starting step, not to mention a starter step for many recipes! You’ll sauté onion, celery, and carrot in olive oil, until the vegetables are tender and the onion is translucent.
Garlic and tomato paste help to build depth of flavor in this humble soup. You’ll sauté them for about a minute with the vegetables already in the pot.
Time to put almost everything else in the pot!
That’s it. This soup only needs to simmer for 15 minutes total after you bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to low. As a result, you can add the ingredients all at the same time, without worrying about overcooking any one of them
I usually do like, very much!
A swirl of all-purpose cashew cream will make the tortellini soup every so slightly creamy. It’s not enough cream to make it overly heavy, but it’s just enough to create a rich texture.
This is a nice thing, especially when you’re in the mood for extra comfort and coziness.
Vegan parmesan cheese, on the other hand, will lend a touch of saltiness and umami, savory flavor, just like regular parmesan cheese would.
In the spirit of convenience and shortcuts, there are store-bought alternatives to both of these extras.
Coconut cream or unsweetened vegan creamer will work in place of cashew cream.
If you don’t feel like making the parmesan yourself, then you could certainly use any one of the vegan parmesan cheeses that’s on the market these days.
Other nice toppings: toasted croutons, toasted seeds, roasted chickpeas.
Yes, it can be. There are a few options.
Gluten-free and vegan tortellini is a bit tricky to find. But the Taste Republic brand does make a vegan + GF tortellini that ships to the lower 48 states of the US and is available in some Whole Foods Markets.
If you’re gluten-free but not vegan, there are more gluten-free tortellini or ravioli options that do contain dairy, such as Maninis.
Also, this soup can absolutely be prepared with regular pasta, rather than stuffed pasta! A medium pasta shape, such as orecchiette or conchiglie, will work really well.
In this case, I guess it’s probably most accurate to call the soup minestrone, rather than tortellini soup. But that’s not a bad thing, after all. Minestrone is one of the nicest comfort soups I can think of.
Once prepared, the tortellini soup will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
It can also be frozen for up to 6 weeks.
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Yes, the timing of this post is a little funny. Spring has sprung, and everywhere I turn, I see recipes for summery fare.
In the meantime, I’m singing the praises of a great big pot of warm soup.
If this post has you excited for dinnertime, here are some more options that you might love:
And here’s the recipe that’s been feeding me well through a busy season.
Hoping that this easy meal finds its way onto your table on a night when you need both comfort and ease.
Some focaccia, ciabatta, or toast can be really nice for dipping, too.
No matter what accompaniments you choose, enjoy!