Fresh or frozen ravioli cook in minutes and turn this light vegetable soup into a main course. Look for whole-wheat or whole-grain ravioli in the refrigerated or frozen section of the supermarket. Tortellini can be used instead of ravioli as well. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

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Source: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016


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Recipe Summary

25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pepper-onion mix, garlic and crushed red pepper (if using) and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, broth, water and basil (or marjoram); bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add ravioli and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add zucchini; return to a boil. Cook until the zucchini is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Season with pepper.



Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Thin with broth before reheating, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

261 calories; protein 10.6g; carbohydrates 32.6g; dietary fiber 7g; sugars 11.8g; fat 8.3g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 28.4mg; vitamin a iu 2278.7IU; vitamin c 23.9mg; folate 16mcg; calcium 97.4mg; iron 5mg; magnesium 15mg; potassium 731.9mg; sodium 354.4mg.

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  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Will definitely make again! I used a chicken and cheese ravioli and italian-style stewed tomatoes and it was really good. I added 1/2 c. of marinara from a jar because it seemed a little bland and watery and that did the trick. Next time I might add carrots and/or some white beans. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very flavourful! A really good hearty meal in a bowl. I used 1/2 c of jarred roasted red bell peppers 1/4 c of a sweet onion instead of the frozen mix. Picked fresh Cracked Black Pepper & Parmesan Ravioli at store and did not add pepper when making the soup. Did everything else as per recipe and used a mix of basil and marjoram. This was really good and very quick to prepare... I let it simmer for 30mins before serving. My husband gave this rave reviews and we added it to our list of favourites. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy fast and delish I loved this recipe but I did change a few things according to what I had on hand. I didn't have veggie broth but I had beef so I used that. In addition to the zucchini I added 2 ears of fresh sweet corn (I cut the kernels off the cobb) and I added some salt as well. It came together really quickly and is just delicious. Definitely a keeper. Pros: easy fast really good Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Family favorite! When I don't know what to make and I have no time this is now an old stand-by go-to meal for me. My whole family loves this soup even my picky kids. I can't seem to get it wrong even when I don't have the exact ingredients. It doesn't mind being played with a little it always comes out great! Thanks Eating Well! I can't tell you how many times you've come through for me at dinner time! Pros: Eating well does it again. This is one of our favorite family recipes now! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy! I also used fresh red onion and a fresh orange bell pepper and sauted until soft. I used some dried cheese tortellini as well... I added 10 oz since I really like tortellini and ended up having to thin out the soup with a little water but it turned out delicious and so fast and easy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was very good and quick! I was worried that there would not be a lot of flavor but I was proven wrong! I probably added a bit more red pepper and I did salt it. I used marjoram. It was delicious and I will be making it again. I used spinach and ricotta ravioli. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was pretty quick and easy to make though I found the acidity from the crushed tomatoes almost overwhelming. Next time I'll try adding carrots or even a bay leaf. I REALLY wanted to love this! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love this soup and I am making for the second time today! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super good. Super easy. I used a small fresh onion and 2 cups fresh red/yellow peppers. I also cooked the ravioli separately to place into bowls prior to ladling the soup over it. This prevented the ravioli from breaking down- particularly when reheating leftovers. This soup can easily handle additional zucchini or any other vegetables you want to add. Adding corn or spinach would work particularly well. Pros: Simple ingredients Cons: None Read More