2(9-ounce) each packagedried tortellini or 1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated tortellini
2tablespoonschopped fresh parsley
freshly grated parmesanoptional
Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, celery, carrot and onion to the butter and cook until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pour in the chicken broth and water and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and stir in the tortellini. Cover and simmer until the tortellini are tender, following the package directions.
Stir in the pepper and salt. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Top each serving with cheese, if using, and parsley.