I am a huge fan of spinach and artichoke dip! I mean what's not to love? Hot melted cheese, spinach and artichokes! So when I came across the idea of an artichoke dip soup on Oh Sweet Basil I knew that I would have to try making a spinach and artichoke dip soup! I started the soup off with the basics from the spinach and artichoke dip including chopped artichokes, spinach, cream cheese and parmesan (I omitted the mayo) and then I turned it into a soup by adding broth and milk (or cream). At this point I knew that the soup would taste great but I wanted something a little heartier; at first I was going to add chicken and/or white beans like I did in the jalapeno popper soup but then I thought that cheese tortellini would be a great idea. I have to say that this spinach and artichoke dip tortellini soup turned out even better than I imagined! If you are a fan of spinach and artichoke dip you simply must try this soup!
Grab your crackers or crostini and start dipping! I mean your spoon and start slurping... this is a soup not a dip. :)
Spinach and Artichoke Dip Tortellini Soup
All of the flavours of spinach and artichoke dip in a soup with cheese tortellini.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
- 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
- 8 ounces cheese tortellini
- 4 ounces low fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
- 8 ounces spinach, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup milk or cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- cayenne to taste (optional)
- Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-7 minute.
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the flour and cook for another minute.
- Add the broth, artichokes and tortellini, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the tortellini is tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add the cheeses, let them melt, add the spinach, let it wilt, add the milk, season with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste and remove from heat.
Option: Omit the tortellini to make the soup more of an appetizer rather than a complete meal.
Option: Replace the tortellini with cooked, shredded chicken and/or white beans. (If you add white beans, pureed half of them and use them as the thickening agent instead of the flout.)
Option: Add sliced sun-dried tomatoes.
Option: Add bacon!