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Ah soup, so versatile, so easy, so warming and filling or light and refreshing.

This recipe is a bit of a cheat’s soup, perfect when you just can’t be bothered making dinner but are too hungry to wait for take-away to be delivered (or too skint). It has only a few ingredients, it is yummy, cheap, quick to make and filling, and as a bonus: very healthy!


  • Tortellini of your choice – approx. 350-500gms
  • Chicken or vegetable broth/stock
  • 1 bunch of spinach or pak choi (more if you wish, or an alternative green if you prefer)
  • Optional – Parmesan/cheese,spring onions, chilli flakes, pepper and salt to garnish


  • In a soup pot bring broth to a gentle simmer
  • Add tortellini to the broth and stir in
  • Add spinach (or other choice of greens) and stir
  • As soon as the greens are wilted but still a bright green (approx. 2-3 minutes) turn off heat and dish up soup with any chosen garnishes.

Voila! Easy, tasty dinner for 2 in less than 5mins! I sometimes add other veggies as well – such as onion and carrots – but be sure to saute them first, before adding the stock as they require longer to cook than the other ingredients.