It’s crazy that it’s been six weeks already. We’re halfway through our stay here, which means only six more weeks until we’re back in Canada (and just in time for winter)!

tortellini soup

I wish I could bring the sunshine back with me. It’s going to be strange going from blue skies and T-shirt weather to a parka and clouds.

sicilian sundays: aeolian islands

As I mentioned in my last post, this week has been rather eventful. Paul and I went to the Aeolian Islands to visit three islands a few hours off of main land Sicily: Lipari, Stromboli and Vulcano.

We began our trip in Lipari, which appealed to us for its well known hiking trails, and gorgeous coast. Our first excursion was on what we thought would be a 10 km hike, but turned into a day of over 20 km of walking in the blazing heat without any shade. We also expected that there would be restaurants, or at least somewhere to buy snacks or a drink along the way, but everything was closed. In my head I kept hearing “tourist season is over dummy!!“…but we had to continue.

Towards the end of the hike we saw a lovely little pebbled beach and decided to go for a dip in the sea. Being the cautious swimmer I am, I decided to putt around the shore and swam right smack dab into a jellyfish, which was more annoying than anything else. After the sting, Paul and I started to walk back to Lipari (another 9 km from where we were) and along the way tried hitchhiking for the first time. Somehow, we got picked up AND didn’t get murdered. Our Parents would be proud.

sicilian sundays: aeolian islands

Our next stop was Stromboli Island, famous for its active volcano which is constantly erupting and spewing lava down the side of it. At night we took a boat out to sea to watch the lava flow from the the crater right into the Mediterranean. It was unbelievably amazing!


Of course, seeing lava flow from a boat at night was not enough for Paul. So, we woke up at 5:30am the next day and hiked to another lovely spot where we could watch the lava flowย right beside us…freaky.

I must say, watching lava at sunrise is one hell of a morning.


Our last stop was to Vulcano Island, which like Stromboli, has an active volcano as well. This one was different though – unlike Stromboli, it does not have lava spewing from the top, but rather has HUGE sulfur vents puffing stinky yellow smoke.


I’m a bit of a fraud posting that picture. Paul took it, because along the way I got TOTALLY FREAKED OUT by the steep trail and had to wait for him to go to the top and come back down…I played scrabble on my iPhone, if you’re wondering what the heck I did while waiting on a cliff for an hour. It takes the mind off scary things like…you know? Death.


Obviously I didn’t die, and I’m home now! Making my own food for a change, and boy have I got a good recipe for you.

tortellini soup

SOUP BABY! And in true Sicilian style.

tortellini soup

What I love about this soup is how few ingredients it has.

Mainly: tortellini, spinach, white beans, tomatoes and broth. Topped with fresh parmesan, of course!

tortellini soup

Also, this soup is really quick to make. Meaning, it takes me about 20-25 minutes from start to finish….and takes Paul about 40 minutes.

tortellini soup

Either way, it’s delicious! So grab a spoon and enjoy a bite of Sicily with me!

tortellini soup

tortellini soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 bowls


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced Italian tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups fresh tortellini (I used spinach and cheese)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, torn into pieces
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving
  • Sliced crusty bread, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions to the pan and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir until it becomes fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix in the diced tomatoes, beans and dried oregano and bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. 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 and turn off the heat on your stove.
  3. Taste broth, and season with salt and fresh cracked pepper to your taste.
  4. Serve warm with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a few slices of crusty bread for dipping.


Recipe adapted from my friend Audra, The Baker Chick

You can use any kind of tortellini you like for this!

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26 Responses to Sicilian Sundays: Tortellini Soup

  1. Your trip looks so exciting and that tortellini soup looks so comforting could just eat that for my lunch.

  2. Monet says:

    I am terrified of heights! I would have stayed behind too! This tortellini looks heavenly!

  3. This looks fantastic, and those pictures, wow! I am with you on steep hills with narrow walk paths and cliffs – I would rather walk aaaaaall the way around it should it be a necessity to make it to the top. But if you could wait and play Scrabble, then that also sounds pretty legit! Did you win? ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  4. I don’t think I would have been able to go even as close as you did to a volcano!—volcanos are scary. Case closed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And this soup looks like the perfect warm-up dinner! Love all the tortellini and how filling and hearty it looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Gah! I would have been with you playing scrabble! When I did an exchange back in high school it was with a family who lived near the Alps and loved to go climbing! I have never been so freaked out in my entire life! That gorgeous volcano in the morning must have made it all worth it though! Enjoy every minute in Italy until your back in cold Canada!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And this soup is totally my thing. I need to get my hands on some tortellini and make it ASAP! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Your photos are breaktaking – what an experience! And mmm, I could go for a bowl of this gorgeous soup right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Zainab says:

    I don’t know how you did that…I am scared of heights! But that’s a breathtaking view! Love this bowl of warmness!

  8. What a lovely vacation! Yours photos really capture some beautiful moments. What a perfect recipe to enjoy after time away from the kitchen- looks so warm and comforting ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. ~ Carmen ~ says:

    I really love the idea of a tortellini soup. It’s heartier than just eating tortellini. The colors look delightful. :] // ? ?

  10. I’m so jealous of your adventures!

  11. Joanne says:

    Oh my god, INCREDIBLE. I don’t think I could handle getting so up close and personal with lava, but at least I get to live vicariously through you.

    This soup looks amazing. Definite comfort food. I love love love how simple it is!

  12. The soup looks beautiful and I love how easy it is to make. The Sicily pictures are lovely to look at. Enjoy the last weeks of your trip.

  13. I like looking at vacation pics, so many new places for me that I want to explore. The soup looks very comforting, especially with all that pile of cheese on top ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Kylie says:

    This looks so good and simple! I love Tortellini soup with spinach!

  15. El says:

    Wow. That looks lik quite a trip. You are very adventurous! Love the photos and the soup looks great!

  16. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time on your trip. I love the soup, it looks amazing. It is that time of year that soup that I eat a ton of soup. I will have to try this one.

  17. Mira says:

    Great pictures, it must be exciting and scary to get so close to the volcano! I love this soup, haven’t had tortellini soup in a long time! Pinned!

  18. Sugar et al. says:

    What an adventure! The soup looks amazing and so full of flavour.

  19. I love Sicily and this looks fantastic Katrina!

  20. Now that’s one tasty and hearty looking soup!

  21. As a new reader, I didn’t know much about your trip! I’m so excited to figure out more about it as you go along- AND make all these amazing Italian recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing with us!

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