Updated 10/10/2012 05:00 AM
Recipe: Cheese Tortellini en Brodo with Broccoli, Carrots and Tomatoes
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18 - 24 ounces cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen)
1 cup diced onion
1 1/2 cups peeled diced carrot
3 large cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
4 cups vegetable stock (see hints below)
1 cups water (plus more if needed)
4 cups small broccoli florets
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half
extra virgin olive oil for garnish
grated parmesan cheese for garnish
Use a large, deep, heavy bottomed pot with a splash of olive oil to soften up about 1 cup of diced onion and 1 1/2 cups of peeled diced carrot.
After 4 - 5 minutes, when the onions are turning translucent, add 3 large thinly sliced cloves of garlic, cook those along for a minute, and then add 4 cups of vegetable stock and 1 cup of water and bring it up to a simmer.
The idea is to let that gently simmer along until the carrots are just about cooked through and, while that's happening, you can take a minute to cut 4 cups of small broccoli florets and also cut a handful of grape tomatoes in half.
Once the carrots are just about cooked through, add the cheese tortellini and the broccoli at the same time, turn the heat up, and let it gently boil along for 3-4 minutes and it's time to eat.
Ladle it into bowls and add some sliced tomatoes, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and finish with grated parmesan cheese.
Use chicken stock if you're not concerned about keeping this a vegetarian meal.