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Tortellini en Brodo (in broth) Italian Recipe

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Tortellini in Brodo Soup Recipe (Italian). Tortellini en brodo “in broth” is a traditional first course for our Italian Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch. An easy and delicious meal that takes little time to prepare. I love the size and shape of the tortellini you can get a perfect bite in every spoonful.

  • Total Time: 2-3 hours + 10 min
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


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Tortellini en Brodo Soup Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen tortellini, filled with cheese
  • 6 cups chicken broth or stock (vegetable broth or stock)
  • Freshly ground pepper (optional), for serving
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (optional), for serving)
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, for serving

Homemade Chicken Broth

  • 1 cooked whole chicken carcass, skin and meat removed
  • 1 whole onion, cut in half outer layer removed
  • 1 large carrot, whole or cut in half
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, cut in half
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (add other favorite fresh herbs)
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, or to taste
  • Water


Homemade Chicken Broth

  1. Place all chicken broth ingredients in a large pot, soup kettle, or Dutch oven. Cover with water just enough so all ingredients are submerged. Bring to a boil on high heat. Let boil for a few minutes then reduce heat until it is just at a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours, skimming foam from top as necessary.
  2. Strain broth through a colander, or sieve. Discard the vegetables and herbs.

Tortellini en Brodo Soup 

  1. Bring 6 cups of homemade chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Add the tortellini pasta and boil for 3-4 minutes or until al dente (according to package instructions).
  3. Serve with freshly grated Parmigiano cheese and freshly ground black pepper, and/or a good drizzle of olive oil if desired. Serve with Easy Soft Italian No Knead Bread


  • use homemade broth or stock is possible for an extra rich taste. 
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 2-3 hours (if making homemade stock)
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian