Kale Pesto and Pea Tortellini Soup

Takes like 15 minutes.


Can I get a what what?

Do people still do that? Can I get a this or a that?


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Kale pesto. But not just any kale. Lacinato kale, baby. Dinosaur kale. ROAAAAR.

Can we forget I just roared at you?

Frozen peas. But not just any frozen peas, you guys. Okay yeah, just any frozen peas will do. PEAAAAAAA.

(that’s the sound a pea makes)


Frozen tortellini. But not just any tortellini, y’all. Beef tortellini. Cheese will work. Mushroom will work. Lobster will work. CLAAAAAAAW.

(just run away)


All together like birds of a feather in this birdless, featherless soup o’ glory.

And you don’t have to feel bad about eating anything frozen because dinosaur pesto is in your mouth, ‘member? Roar.


The dinosaur put that crack in my bowl. I wanted to be upset but then I tasted the soup and forgot all about him.

Ya gotta make this soup. Takes like 15 minutes.



Kale Pesto and Pea Tortellini:

What it took for 4:

* 1 bunch dinosaur (lacinato) kale, roughly torn
* 4 cloves garlic, halved
* 1/3 cup grated parmesan
* 2 Tbs. lemon juice
* 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 quart chicken stock, plus 1 cup water
* 1.25 pound frozen beef (or cheese) tortellini
* 2 cups frozen peas

In a food processor, combine the kale, garlic, parmesan, lemon juice, salt and pepper. With the motor running, add the oil and blend until smooth. Taste that. SERIOUSLY NOW.

Bring the stock and water to a boil; add the tortellini, peas and kale pesto. Simmer for 5 minutes, until everything is heated through.

Serve with extra parmesan cheese and lemon wedges!


R . . .roar.


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29 Responses to Kale Pesto and Pea Tortellini Soup

  1. Tieghan May 6, 2014 at 7:33 am #
    I am so in! 15 minutes and these flavors are happening soon over here. Sounds awesome!
  2. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 6, 2014 at 7:44 am #
    Yessss I'm totally in!
  3. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps May 6, 2014 at 8:57 am #
  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks May 6, 2014 at 9:10 am #
    Healthy and fast - love this Bev! pinned
  5. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche May 6, 2014 at 9:20 am #
    Gorgeous! Light and fresh, and perfect for spring :)
  6. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Healthd May 6, 2014 at 9:45 am #
    anything less than 30 mins is always welcome!!!
  7. Beth May 6, 2014 at 9:46 am #
    Dude. This looks ahhhhhmaayyyyyyyzinnngggg.
  8. natalie@thesweetslife May 6, 2014 at 9:59 am #
    While on maternity leave I got into a (weird?) habit of eating tons and tons of frozen peas, so naturally this soup needs to be made asap!
  9. Julia May 6, 2014 at 10:03 am #
    I'm about to go all T-Rex arms up on this bowl. As in, I want to hug it. With T-Rex arms. And that's not awkward at all. ;) I love kale pesto and this soup looks perfecto. 15 minutes? I'm sold.
  10. Matt Robinson May 6, 2014 at 10:21 am #
    What an awesome soup, love this!
  11. Sini | my blue&white kitchen May 6, 2014 at 10:54 am #
    Looking gooooood! Awesome spring soup, Bev!
  12. Maggy May 6, 2014 at 11:06 am #
    Yes, I'll be making this. So many variations you could do as well! Thanks for the inspiration! :)
  13. Eileen May 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm #
    This may have to happen very soon at our house. We even have some pea and ricotta ravioli in the freezer--an all-pea dinner! YAY.
  14. Meredith May 6, 2014 at 8:17 pm #
    Gorgeous and so easy, got to love it!
  15. Vanessa May 7, 2014 at 5:27 am #
    I had to rush home from work and make this IMMEDIATELY. And it was so. freakin. good. Thank you Bev!
  16. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion May 7, 2014 at 7:59 am #
    bring on the simple and yummy meals
  17. Jennie @themessybakerblog May 7, 2014 at 8:04 am #
    Only 15 minutes... You can have all the "what, whats" you want. This looks gorgeous!
  18. jackieD May 7, 2014 at 9:23 am #
    I literally spit out lentil soup at "PEEEAAAAA" (that's the sound a pea makes)." Good work. :)
  19. marla May 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm #
    Such a beautiful spring time soup!
  20. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 8, 2014 at 12:05 am #
    15 minute meals are my jam!!
  21. Kath @ Natural Kath May 8, 2014 at 9:10 am #
    I also laughed out loud, thankfully I wasn't eating anything. It was the CLAAAAW that got me. ;D
  22. DessertForTwo May 12, 2014 at 8:13 am #
    Looks so simple and so awesome. Rawr!
  23. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance May 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm #
    Yes, yes, and YES, I need this in my life! This looks so tasty and I can only imagine the slight sweetness from the peas with the creamy cheese melted in....forget imagining, I'm going to the store!
  24. Kevin @ Closet Cooking May 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm #
    What a tasty spring soup!


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