This is a Pinterest recipe. When I saw the picture (not MY picture but the picture on Pinterest the original poster took), I knew I wanted to try this. Here is the original link. As usual, I used the recipe as a guide though I changed a few things to fit our family.
Oh, ironically at one time I would have turned my nose up at the word "tomato". I still cannot sit down and eat a tomato. Or even tomato chunks. And I still eat spaghetti plain...no tomato sauce. But I use tomato sauce/paste in cooking. And in this recipe, the tomato soup is just one ingredient...it doesn't give it a strong tomato flavor, just a little taste...
1 package (9 oz) refrigerated cheese tortellini (I went for the big package which was 20 oz) to give a little more for my family. However, next time I think I would stick with the smaller package, just for cost's sake.
2 cans tomato soup (the original recipe calls for reduced sodium...I just used regular tomato soup)
2 cups vegetable broth (I could only find one kind of vegetable broth at our grocery store, and it was organic and really expensive...so I went with beef broth)
2 cups milk (recipe specifies 2 percent, we only use 1 percent)
2 cups half and half (I would have used fat free but I think I accidentally grabbed the regular)
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (I did NOT add these...my family would have balked)
1 tsp onion powder (or for us, minced onion)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (and more later to top off soup if wanted)
We also added 1 pound ground beef (browned) to add a little more to the soup and make it go further...
Cook tortellini according to package directions (which basically involves boiling in water).
Meanwhile, add all of the other ingredients but the cheese to a Dutch oven. Okay, I do NOT have a Dutch oven. Maybe I need to ask for one for Christmas. I used my crockpot instead. My only regret is that I wish I had had more time to let it heat before we ate. It was nice and warm but not steaming hot like I would have preferred. That is my fault, not the recipe's. Anyway, drain the tortellini when tender and add to the soup. Add in cheese. Heat through.
I did add extra Parmesan on top. It just looked pretty. And of course I love Parmesan.
I served this with Grilled Cheese Rolls (also Pinterest).
It was good.
Only one child completely balked.
I will make this again.