This is a hearty and flavorful chicken soup with an Italian flare that includes tortellini, onion, carrot, and fresh broccoli. The soup was made for a 4-H cooking contest and has been a family favorite ever since. It's also wonderful when re-heated for serving the next day.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring the broth and water to a boil in a large pot, and mix in chicken, onion, and carrots. Season with lemon pepper, oregano, and garlic salt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear.

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  • Stir the broccoli into the pot, and cook 10 minutes. Stir in the tortellini, and continue cooking 10 minutes, or until tortellini is al dente. Mix in the Paremsan cheese just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; 4.9 g total fat; 36 mg cholesterol; 1156 mg sodium. 20 g carbohydrates; 13.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2006
My husband and I loved this recipe. I had a few changes I roasted a chicken. The chicken shreaded I liked the effect. I had to use dried tortellini so I added and extra can of chicken broth. The only change for next time is I will add another can of broth to add more liquid. Read More
(29)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/15/2007
I made this soup tonight for my family. I'd have to say I was a little disappointed with it. First of all why add 3 cups of water to the chicken broth it just watered it down I ended up adding some chicken bullion to it to bring some of the flavor back. Secondly adding the veggies the way stated in the instructions makes for some very over cooked veggies. I will make the soup again but next time I will not add the extra water but extra broth. I ll add the veggies the same time I add the tortellini and won t have the soup simmer 25 minutes with the chicken before adding the veggies 15 minutes of simmering is plenty before adding the veggies. I also added a handful of spinach at the very end just before serving giving it just enough time to wilt before spooning it out into bowls. Some of my family don t like Parmesan cheese so we just added it to our own bowls for those of us who wanted it. I think with these changes it will make a much better soup. I also have to say that I didn t add the lemon pepper because I didn t have any on hand I just use ground black pepper. Read More
(49)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2006
My husband and I loved this recipe. I had a few changes I roasted a chicken. The chicken shreaded I liked the effect. I had to use dried tortellini so I added and extra can of chicken broth. The only change for next time is I will add another can of broth to add more liquid. Read More
(29)
Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2007
I made this soup tonight for my family. I'd have to say I was a little disappointed with it. First of all why add 3 cups of water to the chicken broth it just watered it down I ended up adding some chicken bullion to it to bring some of the flavor back. Secondly adding the veggies the way stated in the instructions makes for some very over cooked veggies. I will make the soup again but next time I will not add the extra water but extra broth. I ll add the veggies the same time I add the tortellini and won t have the soup simmer 25 minutes with the chicken before adding the veggies 15 minutes of simmering is plenty before adding the veggies. I also added a handful of spinach at the very end just before serving giving it just enough time to wilt before spooning it out into bowls. Some of my family don t like Parmesan cheese so we just added it to our own bowls for those of us who wanted it. I think with these changes it will make a much better soup. I also have to say that I didn t add the lemon pepper because I didn t have any on hand I just use ground black pepper. Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2006
My husband and I loved this recipe. I had a few changes I roasted a chicken. The chicken shreaded I liked the effect. I had to use dried tortellini so I added and extra can of chicken broth. The only change for next time is I will add another can of broth to add more liquid. Read More
(29)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2006
This is a delicious and multi texture soup. You can use leftover chix breast instead of cooking it in the soup--great way to get rid of leftover chicken plus using fresh veggies make it healthy too. The before I broiled chicken breast with garlic pepper and olive oil for 15 minutes. It sat over night in the fridge and I cut it up the next night for the soup. I added it last just to warm it up. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2010
This was fairly bland. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2006
This is a delicious soup. I use chicken tenderloins instead of chicken breasts. The recipe calls for a 9 oz bag of tortellini but I could only find 19(?) I added over half of a 19 oz bag and it came out great. When we ate it we also added more parmesan cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2009
I left out the broccoli but otherwise kept things the same. It was really good this will be a new staple in my menu's thank you. I can't believe the difference the parmesean made. Yummm... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/18/2005
Good but I felt like it was missing that special something to make it great. Needs more seasonings. Maybe some bacon too? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2010
This was quite yummy! I used zucchini instead of broccoli and it added a nice flavor all together. The only thing I would say to change is definitely add a chicken boulin cube or two to it and add some black pepper or on top of the lemon pepper. Otherwise it will be slightly bland. All in all I enjoyed this dish and so did my husband. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2008
The chicken came out stringy and icky tasting but other than that it's fine. Read More
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