Tortellini Soup with Beans and Chard

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I don’t like tomato soup. I know, it’s blasphemous, right? It’s just that I need stuff in my soup.

This soup has a lot of (good) stuff in it—tortellini, cannelini beans, and swiss chard. It’s sort of reminiscent of pasta fagioli but a little more…bulky. (That is a very accurate and oft-used term in culinary arena, trust me).

This soup is very rustic and comforting, and all the flavors come together nicely. I used herbs de Provence, but Italian seasoning or simply your favorite combination of herbs could easily be used here instead. In fact, this soup is interchangeable in many ways—use your favorite kind of pasta, herbs, leafy greens. Whatever you have on hand.

Although fresh tortellini would be great in this, I used dried because I picked it up on a whim at Trader Joe’s a couple weeks ago (I seem to always pick up at least 2-3 things on a whim there). I used a Parmesan rind in this soup, as I often do with soups like this one. If you have a wedge of Parm (or Romano) and don’t find an immediate need for the rind, you can freeze them for when you do need them. I tend to always have one or two sitting in my freezer, although I’m currently fresh out, which means it’s high time we polish off a wedge of cheese.

Tortellini Soup with Beans and Chard