Hearty Tortellini and Vegetable Soup

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Today was a rainy, cool fall day. A hearty soup seemed like the perfect meal to make for dinner. I love soup, but sometimes find that they lack texture and flavor. This soup is packed full of different textures and salty, sweet, acidic, and creamy flavors. Perfect for a cool fall or winter night!

Ingredients:

-2 cups uncooked tortellini (I used spinach and cheese)

-2 large carrots, finely chopped (about 1.5 cups)

-1 red onion, finely chopped

-2 cups baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped, or 1, 8 oz can sliced mushrooms

-2, 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

-3 cups vegetable stock

-handful of basil, roughly chopped

-4 cups fresh spinach

-4 cloves garlic, minced

-1 tablespoon italian seasoning

-1 teaspoon garlic powder

-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)

-1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-Fresh parmesan for garnish

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil on medium-low heat. Add carrots, onion, and mushrooms. Saute until the vegetables are fork tender. Add garlic and fresh basil and saute for one more minute. Add cans of crushed tomatoes, vegetable stock, and seasonings. Simmer for 30 minutes until flavors meld. Turn heat up to medium-high heat and when it comes to a boil, add the tortellini and fresh spinach. Cook until tortellini is cooked and taste for seasoning; adjusting if needed. Top with a spoonful of fresh parmesan if desired. Enjoy!

Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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Serves: 2

-1 small spaghetti squash, cut lengthwise and seeds removed

-3 cups fresh spinach, chopped

-1, 4 oz. can of sliced mushrooms

-1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

-1 teaspoon dried oregano

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Slice the spaghetti squash lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon; scraping the inside of the spaghetti squash until it’s smooth. Dampen 2 paper towels and cover the spaghetti squash, cut side up. Place into the microwave for two, 5 minute increments, or until fork tender. Use your fork to break apart the spaghetti squash. Place the chopped spinach in a microwave safe bowl with a splash of water.Cook for 1 minute, or until spinach is wilted. Split the spinach, mushrooms, cheese, and seasonings equally between the two spaghetti squash halves. Taste for salt, and serve warm. Enjoy!