My air conditioner is on as I type this. It’s almost 70 degrees today. And tomorrow it’ll probably get down to the 50’s. Typical winter in Louisiana! But, I couldn’t wait on the weather to make soup! I’ve been wanting soup all week! And today, I got in my kitchen and made this heavenly Chicken and Spinach Tortellini soup!
Olive Garden, I want to challenge you to a soup-off! You Zuppa Toscana against my Chicken Tort soup! Let’s go! Seriously, I really believe that this recipe will win it.
I love spinach, so I didn’t even bother chopping it up. I just put handfuls of fresh spinach leaves into my Dutch oven. Oh, and let me tell you that the aromatics from the mirepoix allow was incredible! My kitchen smelled so good while preparing this soup!
And it was very, very easy to make. I always encourage you to either make your own chicken stock or use a chicken base instead of those boxes of chicken broth. It really makes a difference in the end product.
Serve it with some crusty bread and you’ll have the perfect chilly day lunch! Or, turn the AC on like I did and have it year round!
Again, I’ve found myself with an excess of chicken in my freezer. Thank God for the overflow! However, this chicken’s gotta go. I barely have room for my frozen pineapple emergency stash. So, today, we’re making some Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells!
I’m using cream cheese instead of ricotta. Because, everything’s better with cream cheese. And i’m not a fan of ricotta. If you’re with it then use it. It all works. Just don’t skip that Ranch seasoning. BOMB! It adds a certain touch of flavor to it.
You can shred the chicken if you’d like as well. I wanted to cube it today. I felt cube-ish. Just make sure you season it well. You know how I feel about seasoning every element of the dish. So, cooking the shells in chicken base or broth is mandatory for me. This also keeps us from over doing it with the salt in the stuffing. We don’t need it. The flavor with be there.
My mother is the TOUGHEST restaurant critic. The lady rarely likes her meal. It never fails. I ask, “Ma, how ya like your food?” The response hardly ever changes. “It’s okay. It’ll do.” Really, Lady? However, there is ONE menu item she always loves. Spin dip! She’s been asking me to recreate it for a while. So, here it is!
This dang dip is…you know what, I just want you to try it for yourself! I use frozen spinach, cause y’all know I’m lazy. If you wanna be better than me, blanch your own fresh spinach with ya bad self!!! I also like using marinaded artichokes instead of the ones in a can. It’s delicious with salsa too.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! USE FRESH CHEESE! Please! If at all possible, grate and/or shred the cheese yourself. I know I sound repetitive, but it really makes a huge difference! Trust me. What’s your favorite restaurant menu item? Want me to recreate it? Let me know in the comments.