Creamy White Bean, Ham and Tortellini Soup

It looks like winter has finally arrived here in PA and I’m ready to bring out all the comfort food recipes I’ve been saving. Soup is one of the meals I make most in the winter time. I love being able to throw everything into one pot (or slow cooker) and dinner is served. Quick and easy!

This soup was hearty and thick – almost more of a stew than a soup. My kids loved it – even my daughter who HATES soup. The next time I make it, I’m going to make swap out some of the ingredients for chicken stock to make it a non-creamy version and a little bit lighter.

Creamy White Bean, Ham and Tortellini Soup | Joins Us, Pull up a Chair

3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large chopped onion
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup flour
6 cups chicken stock
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups cooked ham, cubed
15 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp chicken bouillon
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried cumin
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
4 cups uncooked refrigerated cheese tortellini
2-3 cups half and half

In a Dutch oven, melt the butter in the olive oil over medium high heat. Saute the onions for 2 minutes and then add the carrots and celery. Saute for 3 minutes and then add in the garlic. Sprinkle in the flour, stirring constantly, until it becomes a thick mixture.

Reduce the heat to low and slowly stir in 5 1/2 cups of the stock. Whisk the cornstarch with the remaining 1/2 cup of stock and pour into the pot. Mix to combine. Add in the ham, beans, mustard, bay leaves, bouillon and spices; stir. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add in the tortellini and bring to a boil; cook for a couple of minutes until the pasta is al dente. Stir in the half and half – I started with 2 cups and added another 1/2 cup until it was the consistency I was looking for. Warm through. Serve and garnish with fresh parsley and grated Parmesan if desired.

Source: Carlsbad Cravings

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