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Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup {Step by Step Video!}

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  • Author: Maggie
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Low Salt


Creamy chicken tortellini soup is a great weeknight dinner dish that feeds a crowd! It's also healthier, as it's made with cashew cream instead of heavy cream. 


  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into cubes and uncooked
  • 18 or 20 ounce package of cheese tortellini, uncooked
  • 1.5 quarts chicken broth, low sodium (about 6 cups
  • Big handful of spinach
  • 1 cup (about 3oz package) sun dried tomatoes, julienned (loosely packed) 
  • Garnish: cracked black pepper, parmesan cheese

Cashew cream: 

  • 1 cup cashews (plain, unsalted) 
  • 1.5 cups water (or broth)


  1. Soak cashews in 1.5 cups hot water or broth. Set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot, sauté the garlic and white onion in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over medium/high heat. 
  3. Once the onion is translucent (about 1-2 minutes), add in Italian seasoning and chicken. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes to brown chicken over medium heat. 
  4. Add in one and a half quarts of chicken broth, place lid on stock pot and bring to a boil. 
  5. Once boiling, add in cheese tortellini and boil according to package instructions (generally its about 7-8 minutes).
  6. While the soup is cooking, blend cashews and water together in a high speed blender and process until smooth. 
  7. Once the tortellini has finished cooking, turn down to medium heat and add in cashew cream. Stir with a wooden spoon until incorporated. 
  8. Add in sun-dried tomatoes and handful of spinach, stir to combine and place lid on stock pot. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until spinach starts to wilt. 
  9. Serve with grated parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper. 


  • I would check doneness of cheese tortellini before adding cashew cream. It may need to cook/boil for another 1-2 minutes. 
  • If you have a nut allergy or don't have cashews, you can use half and half but I would half the amount.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main course, soup, entree
  • Method: Boiling, sautéing
  • Cuisine: Italian
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