Healthy Recipe: Tortellini Soup

Here at Ciao Pittsburgh, we plan to post recipes for Italian-related food. We came across this recent recipe from the UPMC Health Plan. The quality ingredients below will help you make a nutritious, savory Tortellini soup. If you have any recipes you’d like to share with our readers, please email

1 cup dried Great Northern beans
¼ cup brown lentils
¼ cup green split peas
2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon chicken broth granules
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon instant minced garlic
½ teaspoon thyme
¾ cup dried tortellini
1 cup coarsely chopped carrots (optional)
1 cup coarsely chopped celery (optional)
2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Rinse beans.
  2. Put into a 4 to 5 quart heavy pot with 8 cups of water.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cover. Simmer until the beans are tender (1¼ to 1½ hours).
  4. Add 4 cups water, the remaining ingredients, and the chopped carrots and celery if desired.
  5. Return to boil.
  6. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer ½ hour, until tortellini and vegetables are tender.
  7. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Yields 6 (1½ cup) servings

Nutritional Information Per Serving: 210 calories, 13g protein, 37g carbohydrate, 2g fat, 5mg cholesterol, 11g fiber, 270mg sodium.

Aroma Italian Crackers


Thanks to Bob Tick for this recipe! 


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 25 wonton wrappers (1/2 of a standard package)
  • 1 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • Aroma Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut the square wrappers in half to form rectangles.
  2. Lay wonton pieces out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with Romano, Aroma, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake at 375 for 8-9 minutes or until wontons are brown and crispy.  Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for a few days.
  4. Give it a try I bet you and your family will love them.  Let me know and thanks if you choose to print this recipe.

Ciao Aroma Artisan Bread



  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 pk of active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp of Aroma Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water


  1. Add all dry ingredients into a bowl (stainless steel preferred), then add water. Use an end of a wooden spoon to mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Once incorporated, place a piece of plastic wrap on top of bowl and make sure it is completely cover. Place in a microwave or the oven (to keep any breeze off of it) for a minimum of 4 hours.
  2. Turn oven on to 450 degrees. Once oven gets to temperature, place cast iron pot with lid on it for a half hour. While the pot is coming to temperature, take a cookie sheet, oil the bottom and then add dough. After dough is on cookie sheet, pull all the sides, from the sides to the top and then flip over. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let set for half hour.
  3. After a half hour, pull pot from oven; sprinkle flour at bottom of the pot. Add the Aroma seasoning to top (just enough to coat top) and then place back in the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove bread after 30 minutes. If you like a crunchy crust, place pot back in over for another 15 minutes with lid off. Pull bread from oven and let sit on a cookie rack.

Aroma Savory Cornmeal Biscotti

AROMA Biscotti

Serve these as part of an appetizer with cured Italian meats and cheeses, or as a side with soup and salad. AROMA Savory Cornmeal Biscotti will complement any meal and quickly become a family favorite.

—Nicky D Cooks


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup finely ground cornmeal
  • ½ c Pecorino Romano Cheese finely grated
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons AROMA Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet w/ parchment paper or a baking mat

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, Pecorino Romano Cheese and AROMA Italian Seasoning

3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, do this for 3-4 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time, until well combined.  Slowly add the flour mixture, just until it is combined- do not over mix it.  Let the dough rest, covered in the refrigerator for about a half an hour.

4. The dough will be sticky so lightly flour the surface to roll out the dough. Roll the dough into about 12-inch long rolls (3). The biscotti will expand as it bakes, so keep the logs smallish. Place the rolls on the baking sheet and bake for 18- 20 minutes, firm to the touch and just beginning to brown.

5. Decrease the oven temperature to 330 degrees. Let biscotti to cool on the baking sheets until they are cool to the touch about for 10 – 12 minutes. Slice the biscotti into 1/2-inch thick pieces, and return to the oven for the second bake. Bake the biscotti on one side for 5-7 minutes, turn them over and bake for another 5-7 minutes until a golden brown. Do not let them burn so watch them carefully- adjust cooking times accordingly.

6. Let them cool on a wire rack, they will continue to harden as they cool.

Yields about 36 pieces.

Adapted from Bob’s Red Mill Baking Book: 500 Recipes Featuring Good and Healthy Grains

Originally from Rhode Island, Nicky D Cooks is a writer for Ciao Pittsburgh who currently resides in Peters Township. You can find more of her recipes here.

Aroma Pecorino Romano Crisps


These crisps are a wonderful addition to any meal, serve them with as a snack with pepperoni and cheese, or as a side with your soup. They are an all-purpose crisp that has amazing flavor.

Nicky D Cooks


  • 1 ½ cups flour, plus more for rolling (Gluten Free All Purpose Flour can be substituted for a GF version)
  • Stick of butter (½ cup) cold butter
  • 3 tablespoons AROMA Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese for garnishing
  • 1 Egg (lightly beaten with a few teaspoons of water for an egg wash)


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Add flour, sugar, salt and AROMA Italian Seasoning to a food processor. Pulse several seconds until combined.
  3. Cut cold butter into cubes and add to food processor, and until the butter is about the size of peas and broken up through the mixture. 
  4. Add the ice water now, start with 4 tablespoons and pulse until dough begins to come together. Be careful not to overmix at this point. The dough should look like coarse cornmeal and hold together when pinched.
  5. Gather into a ball, add more cold water if needed. Pat it into a disk shape (cover it in plastic wrap) and refrigerate for 1hr.
  6. Lightly flour surface and roll out the dough to 1/8 inch. With a 2-inch biscuit cutter or small juice glass, cut out circles
  7. Place cut circles on non-stick cookie sheet, lightly coat with an egg wash and sprinkle with Pecorino Romano Cheese and bake 20 -25 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Yields 16-18 pieces. Serve immediately.

Originally from Rhode Island, Nicky D Cooks is a writer for Ciao Pittsburgh who currently resides in Peters Township. You can find more of her recipes here.