Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Such a Sucker

When it comes to my friends, I have a hard time saying no.

Which is how I got roped in to Superwoman's Stella & Dot party last week.  Because I adore Superwoman.  And Superwoman is a Stella & Dot consultant.  And how can you say no to someone you adore? 

So last week, I drank some wine, ate some cheese, and got a lot of Christmas shopping done!  And of course, I might have picked up a little something for myself.

It's not just my "real life" friends who get this can't-say-no treatment.  It holds true for the blog-o-verse too. Because even women I've never met before, seem like friends when you've known them for years. And when I see a great recipe on one of my "friends" blogs, I just can't say no to that either.

It is officially winter-ish, which means soup.  And Kelsey always features such great soups.  Especially on her meatless Mondays.  This one is impossibly easy.  A little broth, store-bought tortellini, and then you just throw in lots and lots of vegetables.

Ellie Krieger's Tortellini and Kale Soup (as seen on Apple A Day)
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tomatoes, diced
8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 can low-sodium canellini beans
6 oz. kale, washed, ribbed, and chopped
1 package whole wheat cheese tortellini
1/2 cup grated Parmesan, for garnish
  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  
  2. Add garlic and cook 3 minutes more.
  3. Add in carrots, celery, oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes.  Cook mixture, stirring often, until softened, 5-6 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and broth.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add beans, kale, and tortellini and continue simmering until tortellini are cooked through, about 6 minutes.  Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.


  1. I wouldn't say no too to healthy soups! This looks great!

  2. I'm so bad at saying no also. Which means...I have to make this!

  3. I usually don't like saying no to thing -- you never knew what is going to come of it. But, after my last Silpada party, I decided no more of these gatherings where buying something is expected (even if the host says it's not). The jewellery is so expensive and I think I've worn the necklace I paid over $100 for once in a year and a half.

  4. Mmm, I think I've made that soup before, and it's probably time to make it again!

  5. This sounds super delish. There are so many Stella and Dot pieces that I love, I'm just trying to justify the $$ - you feel me? :)