Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tortellini Soup

I took the leap! I decided to graduate from my Canon SD450

to a starter DSLR, a Nikon D3100.

*Note: both pictures were pulled from Google Images.

I'm determined to figure out how to take decent photos in manual mode, but feel like I'm near the bottom of a steep photography learning curve. I took a half day crash course and spent most of the time wide-eyed and overwhelmed. My new challenge is to figure out how to take photos in RAW format and then edit them to look good. Any tips on editing programs to use (ideally open source or not too expensive)?

I definitely notice a difference in the pictures I take with the DSLR. Not necessarily for the better as of yet. So, you'll just have to bare with me and the varied photo quality.

I recently had a couple of friends over for dinner. I had been thinking about making this soup for a while and since the dinner was taking place on the same day as my photography course, I knew I wouldn't have a lot of preparation time. Annie's Eats is a really delightful foodblog that I've been following for a couple of years now.

Tortellini Soup
Annie's Eats

Yield: 3-4 servings
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. dried oregano
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juices
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
9 oz. tortellini, any variety (fresh or frozen)
3 cups fresh baby spinach, loosely packed
Salt and pepper
Grated Parmesan, for serving

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the pan and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix in the oregano and diced tomatoes. Add the broth to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Add the tortellini to the pot and cook according to the package directions. One minute before the tortellini is fully cooked, stir in the spinach. Remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with grated Parmesan as desired.

I highly recommend this soup. It's super easy to make and tastes great. I'd probably add more vegetable broth next time. Go take a look at Annie's version of the soup. It makes a better case for trying the recipe than my photo.

It has been forever since I've shared something with Presto Pasta Night, so I'm going to send this dish over to Chez Cayenne, who is hosting this week's event.

Although the soup could be a meal on its own, I decided to make a spanikopita, a recipe we've posted a couple of time on here.



Hopie said...

I can't be much of a help on the photo front. I feel like my camera is much smarter than me and I don't dare tell it what to do ;-) That soup's looks delicious! Now I'm going to have to pop by Annie's Eats!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

We have the same camera now Psychgrad. I need that crash course!!! I went to a cooking class just yesterday nd used A mode and not one photo is of good quality.That aside your soup sounds deicious!!!!

That Girl said...

The hubs is the camera expert in our family. But he definitely use an expensive program for editing. It's always a challenge figuring out what to serve with soup. sounds like you nailed it.

kat said...

Matt bought me a program called Acorn. The interface looks just like photoshop but the cost is much less. Good for the basic things I do.

Claire said...

Your tortellini soup looks delicious! Thanks for sending it over to Presto Pasta Nights. And congratulations on the new camera.

The Food Hunter said...

Have fun with the new camera