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Southern Italian Chicken Soup

Southern Italian Chicken Soup

I think I have already established the fact that when it’s cold, I make soup! Now that my family eats homemade chicken noodle soup, I thought I’d go out on a limb and make this Southern Italian Chicken Soup that I found in Southern Living. I loved everything about this soup and it was my lunch for days. 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 50 minutes of hands on time


1 large onion, diced 
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
2 carrots, chopped 
1 garlic clove, minced 
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
6 cups chicken broth 
1 (15.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
4 (6- to 8-oz.) skinned and boned chicken breasts 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
2 cups sliced fresh okra
1 (15.5-oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 (9-oz.) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini 
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Dutch Oven

Preparing Southern Italian Chicken Soup:

1. Sauté first 4 ingredients in 2 Tbsp. hot oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Cook in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Cool slightly (about 5 minutes); cut into 1-inch pieces. (NOTE: When I made the soup, I actually used poached and shredded chicken since I already had some on hand). 

3. Add okra, black-eyed peas, and chicken to Dutch oven.

Southern Italian Chicken Soup

Simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until okra is tender.

Southern Italian Chicken Soup

Add tortellini, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until tortellini is done. Serve with Parmesan.

Southern Italian Chicken Soup


I might throw in some fresh spinach or kale next time just for fun. 

Meal Ideas:

As with any chicken soup, it goes nicely with a hot grilled cheese sandwich!


Spinach Tortellini Soup

My aunt turned me on to a similar recipe to this one for spinach tortellini soup several years ago. It really is great on a chilly day or if you need some comfort food. It takes practically no time to prepare so it’s perfect on a busy night! This is also a great way to get some spinach into your kids as they will love it as much as the adults do!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min; Cook Time – 15 min.


2 can chicken broth

1/2 package of fresh tortellini

1 bag fresh baby spinach

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Freshly ground pepper

Preparing Spinach Tortellini Soup:

Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the tortellini and boil gently for 8 minutes. Add spinach and stir until it wilts. Spoon soup into a bowl. Top with freshly grated cheese and ground pepper.

Tortellini Soup with Spinach

Sauteed Tortellini

ravioli with spinach

My kids love pasta but my hubby is not a big fan. So, when he is out of town, I try to cook it for the kiddos. Well, now they love different types of pasta. Ugghh!! So, being the most awesome Mom in the world (ha), I try to accommodate their varying tastes. The little one likes marinara while the 10 year old likes it sautéed with garlic.

If you are looking for a different way to prepare your basic pasta, try sautéed tortellini next time. It’s a winner for adults and kids alike.

Level of Difficulty: Easy Time Required: Prep Time -5 min; Cook Time – 20 min

Ingredients for 4 servings:

16 oz ‘fresh’ tortellini or ravioli, cooked as directed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 t garlic powder
1 t Slavo Salt
1/4 t oregano
1/2 t dried shallots
1/2 t salt
4 cups fresh spinach (optional, I just added about 2 cups at the last minute to my portion)
freshly grated parmesan cheese

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Microplane for grating cheese

Preparing sauteed tortellini:

Cook the tortellini or ravioli as directed, drain and set aside. Heat the olive oil, salt mix, garlic, oregano, shallots and salt over medium-high heat. sauteed ravioli

When hot, add the pasta in a single level. Let cook on one side for about 2-3 minutes.

ravioli with spinachFlip and let cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. To get through all the pasta, you will likely need to cook in 2 batches. Toss the pasta in the oil before removing from the skillet.

ravioli with spinach


If you are cooking the spinach, simply add it to the remaining oil and seasonings once all the pasta is finished. Be careful, if the oil is still hot, the spinach may pop! Stir it around. It will only take about 2 minutes to cook the spinach.

Top with fresh grated parmesan and serve.


Change out the pasta. Change out the spices. Change out the veggie. Whatever you want!