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Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans

Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans turns leftover ham into cold weather comfort food. So filling and satisfying!
Course Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini

Instructions

  • Melt butter over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. 
  • Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Sprinkle flour over cooked veggies and stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in the chicken broth. Add bay leaf, black pepper, chicken bouillon, and ham and bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes. Add white beans, parsley, and half-and-half.
  • When mixture returns to a simmer, add tortellini. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.