Cooking Tip of the Week: Either fresh or frozen corn, carrots and green beans will work in this recipe, but onions and celery don’t freeze well because of their high water content, so it’s better to stick with fresh versions.
Food for Thought: Escarole is a leafy green in the chicory family, which also includes endive, radicchio and frisée. It holds up great in soups and is less bitter than its cousins, making it a great option for kids. None to be found? Spinach works well in this recipe, too.
Family Dinner Conversation Starter: What are your favorite and least favorite veggies? Do you think you could ever start to like one that isn’t your fave?
Together: Prep ingredients.
Adult: Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.
Together: Add garlic, celery, onion, carrots and cook 5-10 minutes, until tender.
Adult: Increase heat to high; add broth, tomatoes, escarole, green beans and corn. Bring to a simmer and add tortellini. Reduce heat and simmer 9-10 minutes, or until tortellini is cooked.
Kid: Top with 1 tbsp. of cheese.