Chicken Tortellini Soup #We Care

Living in the northeast section of the United States has it’s advantages.  We get fresh seafood most of the year,  great produce, and of course there’s the beach!    But living in the northeast section of the United States also has it disadvantages, namely hurricanes, tropical storms and Nor’ Easters.

Although I’m not a native of the area, I’ve been here most of life, and while Texas will always be home, I’ve come to think of New Jersey as home too.   And to see the devastation that was wrought on the shore communities of the state nearly broke my heart.    The amount damage to the state was unheard of, and while may escaped the wrath of the  storm with only power outages, some lost everything….

As a member of the blogging community, I am always proud how so many food bloggers stand up to be counted when tragedy strikes, and this certainly qualifies as a tragedy.    A group of us have been working on ideas of how to help, and we thought the best and fastest way was to create a badge that everyone could use on their own websites to help collect money for the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Just grab the badge from any sidebar you see it in, and place it on your website, or copy and paste the image with a link to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.   We’re not asking for any link backs, or even any mentions, so please don’t.   Just display the badge with the link to the Red Cross and ask your friends to do the same.

It’s the right thing to do, and no one should ever benefit from helping others in need.   There are many organization asking for help, and if you know of any others, by all means include in your post.    With so many suffering such loses, it’s going to be a long time before these wounds have healed.

I wanted to make something comforting for this post, and when so many have so little I didn’t feel a dessert was the message I wanted to convey.   And then I remembered the day Mama Jeanette found me on that park bench.   I was cold, wet, exhausted, and so very near the end of my rope, but when Mama Jeanette put that bowl of soup down in front of me for the first time in months, I felt hope.   There’s just something magical about soup, it warms the body and warms the soul.

So for my post today, I made one of my favorite soups, nothing fancy just a simple chicken soup.  I happened to have some sausage tortellini on hand so they found their way into the soup pot, but any noodle would work just as well.

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Chicken Tortellini Soup
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Recipe type: soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 1 green squash diced
  • 2 cups (85 g) baby spinach
  • 16 oz (459 g) cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 12 oz (336 g) sausage tortellini
  • 4 cups (950 ml) chicken stock
  • season with black pepper and sea salt to taste
  1. in a small stock pot add a tablespoon of olive oil, the diced carrots, celery, onion and zuchinni and allow them to cook for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer.
  3. Add the cannellini beans and continue to simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add in the spinach and tortellini and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. season with sea salt and black pepper to tatse
  6. serve with a sprinkle of grated cheese and crusty bread.


As we enter the winter in North America soup will be a welcome addition to any table, and it does have a way of  making every thing seem better.  As we near Thanksgiving, think of all those less fortunate, especially those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Give what you can, when ever you can, because every little bit helps.


  1. this is a beautiful post, Dennis. I am honored to be a part of this group, and I hope our reach is wide!

    the soup looks wonderful as well – always such a comforting thing.

  2. I love the idea of offering soup, Dennis, and your Chicken Tortellini Soup looks perfect! Very comforting!

  3. Chef Dennis ….This is indeed what a blogging community is all about . Caring and Sharing and in times like this, we should all do a part in helping. Chef, you not only have a beautiful blog but a beautiful heart too. I have the ‘ We Care ‘ button on my side bar now and a post dedicated for the good cause.

    And not to forget, this chicken tortellini soup is real comfort food 🙂 Love the combinations of ingredients and it looks good.

    Have a nice day,

  4. Love this post… my heart is warm. Thank you, Chef.

  5. what a wonderful post Dennis, your soup looks delicious!

  6. What a great cause! Your soup looks wonderful – I love chicken tortellini.

  7. brilliant idea… So many need our help. This is a comforting soup, Dennis!

  8. Great post Dennis. I will add the button to my blog in the AM with fresh eyeballs. Thank you for your caring heart.


  9. It may be just a simple soup, but it looks delicious and comforting.

  10. What a heartwarming dish and post, Chef Dennis!!! I love when the food blogger community joins together for the good of others. Thank you!

  11. Lovely. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Such comforting soup for a much needed cause: helping Sandy victims. Lovely post, Dennis.

  13. First, your soup looks divine. It also warms my heart that there are still plenty of people — like yourself — who tend to put others first. I also understand your feeling about New Jersey. I was born and raised in Texas. Moved to NJ for about four years during the 90s, then moved back to Texas. But I miss the sights, sounds and smells of the boardwalk overlooking the Jersey Shore. And I miss the many friends I made while living in the Garden State.

  14. This soup looks delicious! SO wonderful of you to help out those in need!

  15. well said, chef. you have a big heart.

  16. Inspire, comfort, give 100% from your heart- that’s chef Dennis! Being on the complete other side of the country, it’s easy to hear what’s happening out east then forget about it. Thank you for sharing, for bringing the blogging community together to help!

  17. Nice simple soup, everyone will love this.

  18. Hi Dennis,
    Your south is very fitting for the cause. It is so sad to hear of the devastation but wonderful to see the outpouring of help. You know I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t have to be fancy to be out of this world. Your soup sounds and looks amazing. Always wanted to try adding tortellini or ravioli to soup, so thanks for sharing:)

  19. This is a great recipe, simple and delicious. Hot soup not only warms our stomach, sometimes, it also warms our heart. Add a lot of black pepper or some ginger, great during cold weather. 🙂

  20. Making this soup right now. This is the first recipe I am trying from your site. It smells and looks good so far. However, a little clarification on the cannellini beans would have been nice. 16 oz of beans isn’t very descriptive. Are they canned beans? Are they dry beans? If they are dry beans, do I need to soak them overnight first? Or will they cook up nicely in the soup as is? Just wondering!


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