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Tomato-Tortellini Soup & Bertolli’s Newest Product

With temperatures creeping towards the cooler end of the thermometer, I was in the mood for soup. Since I had not yet learned about Bertolli’s new soups >hint, give-away below recipe<, I whipped up a quick hearty bowl of Tomato Tortellini Soup from Better Homes and Gardens. The orangish-redish color was perfect for this October bowl of goodness and fit my busy schedule.

Cream cheese and tomato soup make a rich and creamy base for this four-ingredient tortellini soup recipe that can be prepared in just 15 minutes.

Tomato-Tortellini Soup


4 (14 oz) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

2 (9 oz) packages refrigerated tortellini

8 oz tub cream cheese spread with chive and onion

1 (10.75 oz) cans condensed tomato or tomato bisque soup

Snipped fresh chives (optional)


In a medium saucepan, bring broth to boiling. Add tortellini; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. In a bowl, whisk 1/3 cup of the hot broth into the cream cheese spread until smooth. Return all to saucepan along with tomato soup; heat through. Sprinkle with chives before serving. Makes 8 servings.


As you may have heard, Bertolli recently added a new product to their line of meals – Bertolli Premium Meal Soup for Two. Chef Michael Christiansen, Innovation Chef for Bertolli, and celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani are the men out in front of this ‘take the night off and stay in’ product. In celebration of their new product launch Bertolli wanted to provide one lucky reader with a soup-tasting giveaway….

This soup-tasting giveaway includes:

· Two Tasting Certificates for Bertolli Premium Meal Soup for Two

· Stainless steel soup ladle

· Woven oval bread basket (ceramic)

· Bertolli reusable freezer bag

How do I win? Well, pretty straight forward, tell me about why you’d love to incorporate this gift into your winter arsenal of dinner tricks.

FINE PRINT: This giveaway is being run independently and I was fortunate enough to also received the set from Bertolli.

Sausage & Bean Soup – Spicing Up the Post

With summer taking its sweet time to get to Northern California, I was tossed another rainy day and decided it was time to get the soup pot out to create a tasty concoction. On the menu = Mixed Bean & Sausage Soup.

As a thank you for your continued reading, I thought it would be fun to spice up my blog post and do a reader give-away. While I seldom do these, when I spoke with the folks at Bertolli, and saw the lovely gift they wanted to pass along, I decided to break from the norm and say ‘yes, I’d love to!’. After this recipe read more on how to win!

Mixed Bean & Sausage Soup

2 TBS olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

2 ribs celery, strings removed and rough cut

1 lb mild sausage, casings removed

1 (1 lb bag) mixed beans, dried

1 bay leaf

1 ham hock

12 cups water

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup uncooked short grain white rice


In a large-size stock pot, on medium heat, add oil and onions and cook until translucent. Add in carrots and celery, stirring constantly so that the vegetables do not brown. Breaking up sausage into small pieces, add into the pot with the vegetables and cook until the meat is no longer pink.

Add water,beans, and bay leaf; cook on medium-high heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Allow to boil for 30 minutes, with lid partially covering pot. Salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low, and place lid on pot. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Check to ensure there is at least 1/2-inch of water on the top of the soup; if needed, add more water. Return soup to a boil and add in rice, stir until well mixed, cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.

Remove ham hock and bay leaf and serve.

Bertolli Give-away

How to win?

Leave a comment about your favorite wine and cheese pairing, then tell me why you would enjoy winning this gift.

What you’ll win…

To complement the fresh, authentic flavors of your favorite Bertolli frozen meal, they will provide you with all of the tools to prepare a delicious antipasto di formaggio platter, including:

· Slate Cheese Board and Chalk Set

· Set of 3 Cheese Tools

· “Cheese & Wine” Pairing Book

· Set of 3 Pronutto Wine Jellies to complement your cheeses

· Tasting Certificate for a free Bertolli frozen meal

(I am a huge fan of the stuffed pasta shells)

The antipasto di formaggio platter is perfect for enjoying a variety of fine Italian artisan cheeses before you prepare your favorite Bertolli Meal. From pungent asiago to buttery fontina, Italian cheeses provide an abundance of culinary possibilities and are just as delectable on their own, or simply paired with a lovely glass of wine.

And if you want to double your chances of winning – and you fancy yourself an Italy aficionado – check out Bertolli Tastes of Italy! Map on Facebook. Upload a tip, story, recipe, or photo from your favorite region of Italy, as a bonus form of entry.

Fine print: Despite how much I adore all of my foreign readers this offer is only good in the United States. Thank you to Bertolli for sending the set to me and offering one to my readers.