This is an answer to all the people who claim not having enough time to cook after a long day at work. This entire recipe, start to finish, takes about 30 minutes. It is the kind of dish you really want to savor on a chilly winter day.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in tomato paste and anchovy fillet, cook until fragrant and color deepens, 2 to 3 minutes.

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  • Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in tortellini and beans; cook until tortellini are cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir in salt, black pepper, 1 pinch red pepper flakes, and oregano. Add spinach; cook and stir until just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Ladle into bowls and garnish with red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

277.5 calories; protein 14.4g 29% DV; carbohydrates 34.9g 11% DV; fat 9.6g 15% DV; cholesterol 18.7mg 6% DV; sodium 199mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2012
So I did a a few subs on this. I think I made it more like Pasta Faxanadu! Instead of an anchovy filet (because let's face it yuck!) I used an Italian turkey sausage and to avoid wasting most of a can of tomato paste (I had nothing else planned to use it in) I threw in a whole can instead of just a teaspoon. Vavoom! It was AWESOME! I made my own beans in the crockpot with some chopped red onion added in. AWESOME!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2015
Have not tried yet but have a comment. Like others when I buy tomato paste of anchovy filets I use a bit then have to toss the rest when it dries out or spoils. Try anchovy and tomato pastes that come in tubes. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2012
So I did a a few subs on this. I think I made it more like Pasta Faxanadu! Instead of an anchovy filet (because let's face it yuck!) I used an Italian turkey sausage and to avoid wasting most of a can of tomato paste (I had nothing else planned to use it in) I threw in a whole can instead of just a teaspoon. Vavoom! It was AWESOME! I made my own beans in the crockpot with some chopped red onion added in. AWESOME!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2015
Loved it. Easy and quick. Anchovy paste and tomato paste both come in a squeeze tube and last forever. Don't leave the anchovy; it gives a small nutty taste not fishy at all. No one knows it's in there. To add additional protein I cooked some ground turkey and threw it in. My German ancestors taught me to always have some kind of soup on hand at all times--not canned--and no one would go hungry. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2012
I added some fresh corn and avocado salsa to this and that took the soup to another level! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2014
This is one of my favorite soups because it's so quick & easy! I usually make 2 or 3 times the recipe because it is SO good on a cold night--or anytime! Thanks Chef John! You're awesome! Btw I get anchovy paste & it keeps forever; it really adds a nice flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2015
Instead of opening a can of anchovies for this recipe I used anchovy paste so there was no waste. It was deelish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2015
I added everything but the anchovy fillet this was super easy to make and I already had the ingredients on hand! Don't forget the red pepper flakes and Parmigiano cheese! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2012
After trying your recipe for ribs I went ahead and made this tonight again I didnt change a thing (except I left out the anchovy) and it was fantastic! Really easy and super fast! Thankyou Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2015
Have not tried yet but have a comment. Like others when I buy tomato paste of anchovy filets I use a bit then have to toss the rest when it dries out or spoils. Try anchovy and tomato pastes that come in tubes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2015
great go to recipe. I like a more brothy soup so I cooked my pasta in boiling water then added to the finished soup. Also I didn't have anchovy on hand so used a small clove of garlic and used some left over marinara sauce instead of paste. Read More
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