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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Need to get supper on the table in 30 minutes? Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup is the answer to your dilemma.

Need to get supper on the table in 30 minutes?   This Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup is the answer to this mealtime dilemma.

delicious tortellini soup in a thermos for a hearty school lunch

We all have those evenings where we need to get supper on the table quickly.  This recipe came about from exactly one of those nights.  My kids love marinara sauce with tortellini.  One evening, when I went to make supper, I found both these ingredients in the my pantry, but not enough tortellini to serve everyone.  So, why not add more marinara?  This soup came together quickly, with the Italian flavors and tortellini kids love.  If you happen to have leftovers, they make a great thermos lunch for the next day.

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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

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  • 1/2 pound. Italian sausage, optional.
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce can) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 9 oz. cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, brown sausage over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped red pepper, sauté till tender.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Drain any additional grease from sausage.
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, basil pesto, broth, half and half, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.
  6. Bring to a simmer.
  7. Stir in tortellini and parmesan cheese.
  8. Continue to simmer until cheese is melted and tortellini is cooked.
  9. Season to preference with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve in individual bowls and top with remaining parmesan cheese.
  11. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.


Easy spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara recipe with bacon made in a skillet that kids will love and leftovers are easy to pack for a school lunch.

Are you in a meal planning rut?  Looking to add new meals to your weekly rotation, but nervous about recipes with fancy names and ingredients? If so, your family is going to ask for seconds when you make this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe!

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Easy to make spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!

Introducing new foods to your kids at mealtime, can present many challenges. If these new meals have ingredients that they know and love, you’ve won half the battle. Today’s recipe is a combination of two kid friendly ingredients, spaghetti and bacon, making this a meal that will surely become a family favorite.

While Spaghetti Carbonara may seem like a fancy, time consuming dish, it couldn’t be easier.  This simple pasta recipe comes together quickly, all in one skillet, and will taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours.  Left overs make a great thermos lunch for both kids and adults alike!

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Easy spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!
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  • Yield: 6


  • 1/2 pound dried spaghetti
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon (about 4 oz), cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish


  1. In a large pot, over medium high heat, bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook pasta, until al dente. When pasta is ready; reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, drain pasta, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute bacon over medium-heat high.
  3. When bacon is browned and just beginning to crisp, add garlic and onion. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is brown and crisp and onions are translucent.
  4. In a separate dish, whisk together eggs,parmesan, pepper and set aside.
  5. Turn heat to low and add drained pasta to onion, garlic and bacon in skillet. Mix pasta and cooked bacon and pour egg mixture over pasta.
  6. Working quickly, use tongs to toss and combine pasta with egg, bacon and onions. If pasta is too dry, add a tablespoon of reserved pasta water at a time, until a creamy consistency is reached.This will create a “sauce”.
  7. Garnish with parsley, black pepper and additional parmesan cheese.


Turn leftovers into an awesome school lunch by heating up pasta in the morning and packing inside a pre-heated thermos.