Tortellini Chicken Soup and Carton Smart

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Can one person make a difference? Sometimes it can feel like one person making one choice doesn’t matter but it can! Small decisions can add up and Tetra Pak applauds the thousands of small decisions made that add up to make a big difference. Tetra Pak is the makers of carton packaging. The packages are design not only for environmental friendliness but also for efficiency – one small way to live smarter.

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So why chose products packaged in Tera Pak cartons?

  • They are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, fro selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council)
  • These cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans
  • They save space and are easy to open and store.
  • The packaging process preserves the flavors and nutrients without the use of preservatives.
  • They are recycleable and result in 60% less lanfill waste than cans
  • The cartons are reclosable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.

This holiday season, Tetra Pak would love for each of us to Become Carton Smart and make a small decision to swap out one ingredient in a favorite seasonal recipe for a product packaged in Tetra Pak packaging.

You could use  Pasicifc Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree for your classic pumpkin Pie.

Or use Pacific Foods Oragnic Jellied Cranberry Sauce for your must have cranberry loaf at the Thanksgiving table.

One of my favorite dinner items to make this time of year is chicken noodle soup. So, I chose to use Pacific Foods Organic Simply Chicken Broth to make tortellini chicken soup. I it changes things up a bit by using tortellini in place of regular egg noodles and then complimeted it with some italian spices. It was a fun change from my usual recipe.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Tetra Pak is also giving  one lucky reader a $500 Visa gift card along with a $500 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post sharing your small, smart recipes that use ingredients in cartons or “smart” entertaining tips that produce great tasting food with little waste.  You have until at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1, 2014 to enter.

For more information on Tetra Pak cartons and where to find more carton products visit pacificfoods.com or becartonsmart.com. You can also Tweet @CartonSmart or Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest.

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Tortellini Chicken Soup

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  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 carrots diced
  • 4 stalks of celery diced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 16 oz pkg. cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded parmesan cheese optional for serving
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken


  • In a stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  • Add the chicken broth and bouillon to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add tortellini and simmer for 5 minutes or so until tortellini is tender.
  • Add cooked chicken and simmer for a couple of minutes until heated through.
  • Serve topped with parmesan cheese if desired. Serves 8-10.
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  1. I love the Pacific soups especially the Tomato red Pepper.
    I use the soup stock in Vegetable Beef Stew.

  2. My favorite recipe to use the Cartons for is my Porkchops and Gravy in the crock pot.
    I use the Pacific Natural Foods Organic Cream Of Mushroom Condensed Soup (12 oz).

    2 12 oz Pacific Organic Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup Cartons
    4-6 pork chops, boneless (depending on how many people you are serving)
    1/2 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
    1 tbsp dijon mustard
    1/2 cup of milk

    1. Cook the porkchops fully, browning them in skillet.
    2. Place the cooked pork chops on the bottom of the crock pot.
    3. Turn to crock pot on high heat.
    4. Add in Cream of Mushroom soup cartons, dijon mustard, milk and lipton onion soup mix.
    5. Stir mixture.
    6. Cook for 4 hours, then serve with mashed potatoes or any other side dish you would like.

    I never have liked pork chops, however these are AMAZING! They are not tough, they fall apart, and I would recommend this!! It is SO good!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  3. I like to use the chicken stock to make gravy for chicken pot pie. It’s also super tasty on top of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes.
    To make the gravy I heat 2 Tbsp. of Butter in a small cooking pot. As it begins to become completely melted and bubble on the edge I thrown in 2 Tbsp. of Flour and incorporate with a whisk. Next, I cook the butter and flour for about 2 minutes. After the rue is cooked a bit I begin slowly adding a bit of organic chicken stock to make a thick paste, adding about 2 Cups of Pacific Organic Chicken Stock total. After adding the stock I add a pinch of Thyme and a bit of fresh cracked Black Pepper. I will then cook the gravy on medium heat for about 5 minutes, whisking often, until becoming thick and delicious.

  4. I always use carton chicken stock for my Southern style homemade chicken and biscuits. I also use carton pumpkin puree to make some delicious pumpkin coconut soup.

  5. I always like to do a half ham. There’s so many ways to serve it at a party, from appetizers to main course or do-it-yourself on rolls, then the leftovers go into sandwiches, grilled cheese or scrambled eggs. Finally, the bone goes into the freezer to make bean soup later, and even that makes so much that I freeze some for the next cold snap.

  6. I use carton chicken broth (1 carton) for my chicken and rice recipe! I do the rice (according to the directions on the back), cook the chicken (2 boneless skinless breasts) in the broth for 20 mins. Save a little bit of the broth and pour it in with the rice. Shred the chicken, add it to the rice. Then add diced jalapenos. It is awesome!
    Thanks for the giveaway-

  7. Chicken broth and mame chicken and dumplings. My kids would be so happy and I would be happy because there is less waste.

  8. I like using cartons of Chicken Broth to make soups. I will make the soup in larger portions and save them in the freezer for left overs.:)

  9. We use water from the tap or a pitcher that filters water rather than bottled water since too much stuff is in our landfills! I appreciate these cartons, especially the resealable stock which I use frequently. I have never seen cranberry sauce in a carton; what a great idea.

  10. How about using whole berry cranberry sauce in a tetrapak in your Cranberry Jello Salad–sounds perfect for Thanksgiving! Thank you.

  11. My smart tip is making a list of dishes/sides/desserts and the ingredients. there have been many times I have been able to combine what I need, buy more or less, even substitute to be able to get the best value for my money. Awesome giveaway!

  12. I have not seen these cartons yet, but I will look for them. I do agree that we all need to work together to reduce waste and if we all pitch in, it will make a difference! One thing that I do to try to avoid waste is not to use paper plates and plastic cups at home. I know they save time and are convenient, but not using them helps to cut back on entertaining waste. (I do use paper napkins!)

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  14. I’ll freeze tomato paste, pesto or other similar things in ice cube trays and once frozen put them into a ziploc bag to use smaller portions as needed.

  15. I had no idea cranberry sauce in a carton existed!
    Carton broths have come in very handy for me and I find them to be a lot less salty than the canned stuff, but my money-saving, planet-saving tip is to make your own broth! Make a chicken on a Sunday (or any day), or buy a rotisserie from the store, let the bones boil while you clean up, then use it and the leftover chicken for your recipes throughout the week.

  16. All I need is 2 or 3 one quart chicken or veggie broth cartons. Add chicken bones and all the vegetables you can submerge and you have a good start for some delicious soup.

  17. I use ‘stock in a box’ all the time because if I don’t use all of it in one recipe I can easily store the box in the fridge for a few days without having to transfer it to another container.

  18. I’ve never seen pumpkin puree in a carton. What a great idea! I use pumpkin constantly this time of year, in soups, smoothies, pasta sauce, chili, muffins, dips, oatmeal, pancakes, brownies, cookies, etc.

  19. I use chicken stock in my fave Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe, & pumpkin purée in my pumpkin dip & sometimes my protein smoothies.

  20. I absolutely love these cartons! I use the chicken broth the most and love that I don’t have to use the entire carton at once. I can keep it in my fridge and it’s so convenient.

  21. I love to use cartons of chicken broth in my soup recipes. It just makes sense to open two cartons rather than several cans. I also love to get soups in cartons, because the size is perfect for two.

  22. I love the cartons not only because you don’t need a separate container for what ever you don’t use but also because you don’t have to worry about it tasting like it’s from a can!!!

  23. Kudos for smart packaging! I hope this expands to lots of companies. I would love to use these ingredients. Pumpkin and chicken stock go into my cream of pumpkin soup this time of year!

  24. I love these cartons. You can only use part of it and not have to put the rest in a different container. My family would love the pumpkin purée in our pumpkin pie oatmeal.

  25. I love to make simple chicken and wild rice crockpot soup using chicken stock, bay leaf, chicken, wild rice, carrots, celery, onion, and salt and pepper. Finish it off with fresh lemon juice just before serving. It is fresh and amazing. I love using chicken stock in the cartons. It seems to taste fresher than those in a can.

  26. I love using chicken stock from a carton, and mixing it in rice to add flavor! Makes a great side dish, and it’s simple! Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. I use chicken stock in the carton whenever chicken stock is needed. I think it tastes better than the stock in the can. I use the carton pumpkin puree to make my spice pumpkin latte…Yummy!!

  28. I use chicken broth in my stuffing recipe, along with jimmy dean sausage, butter, celery, mushrooms, onions, & bread crumbs.

  29. I love to use carton chicken broth in the crockpot because it is BPA free. I can slow cook the chicken with garlic and lemon and shred it and use it on top of salads at work during the week.

  30. I always keep vegetable, beef and chicken stock in the pantry. You can whip up a soup in 30 minutes or another smart tip is to use it in place of water when making rice or polenta, it really adds flavor. I will definitely be looking for more items in cartons. They take up so much less space in the pantry, much easier to open than cans and so much easier to store leftovers.

  31. Love that the tetra cartons are bpa free, making a better tasting meal and of course less harmful for my family.

  32. I love using carton chicken broth because it is BPA free. I am trying to eat much cleaner and healthier – so have been using carton chicken broth and putting it in the crockpot with garlic and lemon juice and a little salt with chicken breasts and letting cook on low for about 5-6 hours and then shredding the chicken and putting it in small glass containers to put on top of salads during the week for lunch with veggies, etc.

  33. I like to get the broths in cartons especially when I only need a small amount. Thank you for the great prize opportunity.

  34. I use carton broth and soups a LOT because they are BPA-free. I am trying to cut out all sugar so I recently added garlic and lemon and chicken broth to the crockpot and put 4 chicken breasts on low for about 6 hours and shredded the chicken to place on top of for salad for a few days for lunch at work.

  35. Chicken stock is and easy swap.

    I visited the landfill a few years ago and I’ve never thought of trash the same way since. If we all make a few better decisions about trash, it would take a lot longer to fill those things up.

  36. That soup looks wonderful. I’ll have to try tortellini in my chicken soup next time. – Smart entertaining tip – I love to make deviled eggs – very little waste – especially when the neighbors give you the eggs from their farm.

  37. I like to use items from a carton because I can use as much or little as I want. I love how easy it is to store! I also recycle!

  38. Great recipe and I totally agree about using paper cartons for many things that I purchase. Good for both you and the enviornment. I will be making stuffed acorn squash as part of my Thanksgiving feast. I use smalll individual acorn sqaushes for each person. Remove their tops, hollow out most of the squash, reserve the sqash fruit. I use cubed corn bread, the reserved squash, 1 TBS of sage, salt, pepper and about 1 cup of vegetable broth for about 8 acorn squash servings. Bake at 325* for 90 minutes, checking after 60 minutes and covering at that time with foil if needed. Delightful and they make a very nice presentation.

  39. I’ve never been a fan of cranberry sauce but I will have to try that organic cranberry sauce. This will be my first year making thanksgiving meal by myself so I’m a little nervous. I will definitely be making this soup.

  40. I use carton broth because it means less waste AND no BPA from can linings. I use exactly what I need and refrigerate the rest. I can even freeze the unused broth.

  41. I use carton broth because it has a better flavor then broth in a can. I use beef broth with a packet of onion mix and mushroom soup and stir together and pour over browned chuck steaks and simmer all day in the crock pot to make them tender and use the broth as gravy over potatoes.

  42. I got hooked on using Pacific products in cartons when I worked at a natural grocery store. Always have a couple on hand for lots of different uses!

  43. I recycle everything that comes into my house that I possibly can. When I shop I look for packaging that my center accepts.

  44. I am a frequent user of chicken stock as I make chicken quite frequently. My fav is chicken and noodles in the crockpot!

  45. I use the carton of chicken or beef broth for most of all my recipes like green beans, soups or casseroles.

  46. i always keep stock in a carton in my pantry! easy way to boost any recipe! also a great substitute for water in any savory recipe.

  47. I love the idea of the carton for so many dishes! I will definitely look for the cranberry sauce and the pumpkin puree!

  48. For the holidays, I take advantage of serving foods straight out of my crockpot, less waste and saving on dirty dishes.

  49. I use some cranberry sauce with a little orange juice concentrate and soy sauce as a glaze for The turkey as it is cooking.

  50. I buy stock/broth in the cartons. They are less likely to get lost in my pantry or cupboards that way. I’d love to try the pumpkin in a carton too. My mom has an excellent recipe for pumpkin cookies!

  51. I love using chicken broth from cartons. Any time I can purchase a product in a carton I do. Every little bit helps when you can recycle.

  52. I love the broth in cartons. We use cloth placemats and napkins to reduces waste in our home. We also use leftovers to create new, exciting meals.

  53. I use chicken stock in cartons in most of my soup recipes. I really like the idea of the cranberry sauce in the carton as well.

  54. I love the idea of pumpkin puree in a carton! The shape alone will save space in my pantry and I appreciate that it is organic. There are SO many recipes for pumpkin, but I would start with making a traditional pumpkin pie.

  55. I’m able to make a great-tasting chicken noodle dish by using chicken broth from a carton and cooked chicken (a little goes a long way). A package of noodles cooks quickly and the soup or casserole can be embellished as taste and availability of items allows/desires. Prefect for Church potlucks!

  56. I just bought a couple of cream of mushroom soups in these cartons to make green bean casserole for Thanksgiving. I love using cartons over cans, because they are easier and safer to recycle and I don’t have to worry about BPA from the cans. Plus they are easier to store.

  57. I love using broth in the cartons. Recently I have been making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, it would be nice to buy pumpkin in a carton as well!

  58. I love stock in cartons..it just seems natural 🙂 I use a lot of beef stock and it is so easy to store and use for several dinners.

  59. I didn’t realize they came out with new products! I’m going to look for the chicken stock for my Thanksgiving stuffing. We always buy their cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups. Thanks for the opportunity & the informative post! 🙂

  60. I would use the chicken stock to boil spaghetti noodles for an post Thanksgiving spaghetti casserole! Makes the noodles so tasty!

  61. I use soups to cook chicken (bake in oven) to keep them from being dry, so chicken stock is where it’s at. However creative mind is flowing and I’m thinking I could use the pumpkin puree too!

  62. Broth in a box is SO much more convenient. I think it’s easier to store. I also love that it is resealable and so if you do not use the entire carton, you can store it in its original container. I have so many recipes I use broth for and it seems none call for the exact amount in a can or carton and so there is always left over.

  63. So many things to do with the stock. Its hard to pick just one thing. And I can eat my weight in pumpkin pie… ha!

  64. I make a cranberry relish by putting a whole bag of cranberries and a whole orange and a little sugar in a food processor, mix. No waste, everything gets used!

  65. I always have cartons of stock in the pantry. Use for soups, warming veggies, etc. Great way to add flavor and cut fat! Love the idea for cartons of pumpkin and cranberries!

  66. Cartons of stock are a must-have pantry item for me! I love making chicken noodle soup and using it to keep baked chicken moist.

  67. I love the cartons if stock- so much easier to use just how much I need and then put the rest back in the fridge. My favorite right now is a spicy potato, carrot and bacon soup made with chicken stock, perfect for the cold weather!

  68. I like using chicken stock in cartons as a base for homemade chicken noodle soup. Just add some chicken, carrots, celery and noodles. Very little waste to throw away, and very delicious!

  69. To reduce waste while entertaining, I first recycle anything that I can while preparing the food. My grandmother gives all of us girl grandkids old serving platters that her mother used to entertain. So, not only am I serving “smart” I also am serving vintage! The serving platters are such great conversation starters and definitely one of a kind!

  70. When I start my soups I start with a carton of chicken or beef stock – easy to use and a good base. Add some cream, corn, frozen hashbrowns and ham for an easy ‘baked potato’ soup – serve with cheese.

  71. I use cloth napkins to reduce waste -it also gives a formal feel to my dinner. We use washable dinner and service-ware and I love to use these cartons – they do taste fresher and I make multiple recipes so that nothing is wasted. I use the organic pumpkin puree for my pumpkin recipe too! truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

  72. I love this idea, I would give the donation to Pet Food Stamps, It helps people on disability provide food for their pets so, they don’t wind up having to surrender their pets because they can no longer afford to feed or provide medical care for them

    I would use the Chicken Stock

  73. My smart entertaining tips:
    * When having a party serve finger foods
    * Forget about disposable plates, cups, utensils
    * Use your party food leftovers as part of your everyday menus

  74. I use chicken and beef stock from cartons whenever making soups. I can save any leftover stock for the next weekend’s soup.

  75. I like using boxed chicken stock, because sometimes you have an amount that just won’t work with canned, plus these store super easily!

  76. I like using leftover chicken to make Arroz con Pollo, my family loves it and I get to stretch leftovers even further. I’d use Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Stock to make this delicious recipe.

    Arroz con pollo – Chicken with rice
    Ingredients: leftover cooked chicken,1 cup rice,3 cups chicken stock,mixed veggies,1/2 onion, 1/2 green bell pepper,1 tomato, 2 cloves garlic,1tbsp butter, 1 chicken bouillon cube, salt and pepper.
    Directions:In a skillet saute onion, tomato, bell pepper and garlic. Add the rice and when it begins to turn gold add the chicken, mixed veggies, bouillon cube and chicken broth.Stir gently and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

  77. I love to buy stock in cartons because when I have leftover stock, I can just leave it in the carton to store in the refrigerator. I like not having to use and wash another container!

  78. I made a creamy risotto last night using a carton of organic chicken broth and it was delightful. We also use any broth left in the carton when reheating leftover soups, chili, pasta or grains as they tend to dry out a bit in the fridge or freezer. Thanks for sharing this post!

  79. I make Turkey Tortilla Soup like this:
    3 cans of Rotel, 2 cans Mexicorn, 2 can black beans drained, 1/2 pkg taco seasoning, 2 cups leftover shredded turkey & a carton of chicken broth
    This uses cartons AND leftover holiday turkey to save waste!

  80. I use the Pacific Foods cream of mushroom soup that comes in a carton in almost all my casseroles. It’s delicious!

  81. This soup sounds like it would be great with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, too! I would love the pumpkin puree for oatmeal:)

  82. I like to boil my rice in chicken broth that comes from a carton! I also do my noodle the same way! It flavors them so well!

  83. I never use paper plates, and try to use washable napkins when I have company. I use carton packaged shelf stable milk and broth all the time.

  84. I like using the chicken broth cartons for soup and using it for cooking rice with instead of water, it adds tons of flavor.

  85. I would use the carton chicken broth to make chicken stew and serve it in bread bowls – no waste since you can eat the bowls!

  86. When I make my green beans and tomatoes I would use both stock and tomatoes in a carton. I can also buy a package of pumpkin!

  87. I would use the carton of jellied cranberry sauce in place of fruit in a jello-salad at thanksgiving!! Mix in the jellied cranberry sauce in with your red gelatin and let set up in fridge…..cranberry salad jello! Yum!

  88. I would use the carton of jellied cranberry sauce in place of fruit in a jello-salad at thanksgiving!! Mix in the jellied cranberry sauce in with your red gelatin and let set up in fridge…..cranberry salad jello! Yum!

  89. I would definitely use the carton pureed pumpkin and make a pumpkin spiced smoothie or use it for a pumpkin cheesecake.