Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
5 Mins
Cook Time
13 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and 2 tablespoons cheese)

When boiling water for the pasta, start with hot tap water and cover the pot with a lid. This is a surefire way to speed up your cook time. Serve this pasta dish with Black Pepper–Garlic Flatbread to soak up the basil-infused broth.

Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 13 minutes

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Step 2

While pasta cooks, combine broth and tomato in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Cover and let broth mixture stand until pasta is done. Add drained pasta to broth mixture. Ladle soup into shallow bowls; sprinkle each serving with cheese. Garnish with basil leaves and pepper, if desired.

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Ratings & Reviews

natenyc's Review

March 26, 2014

Miasmaa's Review

August 07, 2013
As a vegetarian, I obviously subbed the chicken broth with veggie broth, and I thought this was REALLY good. Yes, it has simple ingredients, but it still turned out very good following as is (with the one sub due to dietary preference). I do think I may try adding a little garlic next time I make this. But I certainly did not find it bland. Using fresh basil as suggested in the recipe will make a world of flavor difference over using dried basil. Hugely different flavors there. Thanks for the recipe!

grebilb's Review

May 15, 2013
I did 4 cups of broth and added other veggies (mushrooms, bell pepper, bok choy, green onions) and cilantro. Without those this recipe would have been very boring. I did like that it was a nice light meal, but still didn't love it. Will try again adding some other seasoning to the broth and see if that helps. If not, probably not a keeper.

meow70's Review

February 24, 2013
why do they have this under vegetarian and one of the ingredients is chicken broth??

jarolo's Review

December 28, 2012
Great on a summer day with all of the fresh ingredients. Fresh basil and the shaved cheese are a must to get the full flavor.

JoannahZ's Review

March 30, 2011
My husband and I LOVE this recipe. You absolutely have to use fresh tortellini, and if you're using dry basil remember to use 1/3 the amount! I use a vegetable peeler to shave the block of asiago - it works well and the end result is very pleasing to the eye. The leftovers freeze and reheat well, so I always make a double or triple batch at a time so my husband can bring it to work for lunches.

Stealthdesigner's Review

February 01, 2011
Paired this with a salad and some bread it was really good. More filling than I expected too. My husband even liked it.

BsMomma's Review

January 07, 2011
This recipe was quick and simple. My husband does not like soup so I was able to not put as much broth in his bowl so he would think it wasn't a soup. I didn't use as much basil as the recipe suggested and I did use dry basil.

PepperFan815's Review

April 18, 2010
Wayyyyyyyyyy too much Basil. This recipe does not even call for half of what it says. Had to remake the broth!

WRXgirl's Review

February 24, 2010
I didn't care for this dish AT ALL. It was extremely bland and seemed like a waste of all the nice ingredients... it pretty much just tasted like chicken broth and didn't reheat well the next day either.