This is hardly really a recipe, but what it is, is a damn good bowl of tortellini soup! It is something that I use to eat so much of as a kid. My granny would often make it for with those wonderful little tortellini you only seem to find at a good Italian deli. She was a big fan of Camisa’s in Soho and I would often go there with her on a Saturday to buy some of these along with a little tub of garlic and herb olives for me to snack on.
I used to love the smell of it in Camisa’s, wafts of cured meats and garlicky sauces. They always had sawdust on the floor as well as a fine display of freshly made filled pasta dusted with semolina.
Sometimes we would have the little tortellini with home made stock but often we would eat it with a stock made from Knorr chicken stock cubes. It would also have to be topped off with freshly grated Parmesan from one of those funny graters that look like an old pencil sharpener with a wheel and a handle you had to spin around.
This is a very traditional Italian dish that somehow reminds me of won ton soup. Little pasta bundles cooked in a meaty broth. So lovely and very economical to make. I like to use the Parma ham filled variety but you could use spinach and ricotta as well as a vegetable stock. The Maggi bouillon powder has a good flavour to it.
I am entering this into Helen at Fuss Free Flavours “Frugal Food Fridays” http://fussfreeflavours.com/frugal-friday/ because it is such an inexpensive yet satisfying dish that is ready in under five minutes……literally!
Tortellini Soup (Tortellini in Brodo)
Ingredients :- Serves 2 as a main meal or 1 family as a starter
1 packet of your favourite tortellini (I prefer meat,especially Parma ham)
1 pint of home-made chicken stock or stock cube and hot water
Parmesan for grating
Pepper & chilli flakes (optional)
Put your stock in a saucepan and bring it to a rolling boil.
Add your Tortellini and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add Parmesan and as much pepper and chilli flakes as you dare.
That is it. A well and truly speedy supper. Great for colds too!