Beef and Bean Starter for Tortellini Soup

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READY IN: 8hrs 15mins
Recipe by pixiesmom

This is a family favorite from Taste of Home magazine. You start by making the beef/bean mixture in the crockpot, then you can freeze half and use the rest to make the tortellini soup (makes enough for 2 meals) Once the starter is made the soup takes only about 10-15 minutes to table!!! Super weeknight meal with crusty bread and a green salad!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the starter - place the beef, beans (drained), tomatoes and salt/pepper in crock pot - cook for 7-8 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high.
  2. When the starter is done, divide in 2 batches about 5 cups each.
  3. For the soup - start with 1 batch of the starter in a large stock pot, add the broth, tortellini, frozen veggies, and italian seasoning - bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until tortellini is cooked through and veggies are tender.

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