Are You Sensing a Pattern Yet…?

To me, fall = all things pumpkin (except pumpkin pie, which for some weird reason I have never liked!).
Last Monday I knew I wouldn’t be getting out of class until 6 p.m., which meant I wouldn’t be home until around 6:30 p.m. which is my dinner time. I knew that I would be tired and hungry when I got home, so I spent some time Sunday night preparing a delicious dinner that I would be able to just come home, heat up and enjoy.

“Pumpkin Tortellini Soup”
2 c. chicken stock
Onion
Carrots
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. tomato paste
1/2 c. kidney beans
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 dry tortellini

I started by spraying my pot with cooking spray, adding my chopped vegetables (I didn’t measure the amount) and heating them until tender. Next, I added the chicken stock and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. I then added the rest of the ingredients, except the tortellini, mixed well, cover with a lid, and let it simmer on the stove for an hour. Finally, I boiled the tortellini and tossed it into the soup mixture.

This soup tasted great the next day because it had a chance to really thicken up, and had a stew-like consistency rather than a liquid-y soup one. I have made this recipe since, and it has proved to be very versatile. The second time I made it I threw in some broccoli and spinach that needed to be used up, and it worked out great. The soup could be modified with whatever you have on hand!

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