I had just made fresh pesto the night before so I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the dish, but didn't just want to toss the tortellini with the pesto and call it a day. As it turned out, the weather was a little gloomy on the day I decided to create this dish and when it's cool and cloudy outside, I automatically think of soup!
Some of my favorite soups (to eat and to make) are Italian: Pasta e Fagiole (an Italian bean and pasta soup), Minestrone (an Italian vegetable based soup). I have my own recipes for both of those soups, so I thought about combining elements of both and making my very own Tortellini e fagioli with basil pesto. I am so proud of this soup and I am definitely adding it to my "cold weather" dish repertoire.