Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup & Cookbook Giveaway


If you missed last week’s “Butcher Block Cheese Board Giveaway“, no worries because I decided to have another giveaway this week (woot woot!😎), only this one is all about an amazing recipe/cookbook. Not only am I sharing a wonderful recipe from my new cookbook, but I’m also giving away a free copy of the hand held REAL cookbook. Welcome to the “Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup & Cookbook Giveaway”…

TIP: There are actually 2 of these gorgeous cookbooks up for grabs!

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Early on in my blogging career, I became pals with famous chef Valerie Brunmeir, from “Valerie’s Kitchen” . If you don’t follow Valerie yet, you are truly missing out. Not only is she an amazing cook, mom, wife, and just an all around wonderful person, but she has always been such a supportive friend to me in blog land. I have truly enjoyed watching her succeed and grow over the years and have tried many of her easy to follow recipes. When I found out she wrote a real live hand held cookbook, I had to have it.

I asked Valerie if she would be interested in offering a couple of her cookbooks to me and my friend Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads so we could give them away to you. She was absolutely honored to give 2 of her new cookbooks “The Foolproof Family Slow Cooker (and Other One-Pot Solutions)” away to our readers. So, yes…Jane and I are giving 2 of these slow cooker/one-pot solution cookbooks to 2 of our lucky readers.

I admit, I still love my crockpot, so looking through this real live cookbook was such a treat. There’s just nothing better than real cookbooks that you can hold in my opinion. I honestly couldn’t narrow it down to one recipe to share, until I asked the kiddos. Once they decided on Val’s “Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup”, I actually brought Val’s cookbook, my crockpot, and most of the ingredients to Canada with us when we went on a 3 night Toronto getaway and I made it there (I ordered the remaining ingredients this way). I was able to get it into my crockpot in the late morning, and then go out for the day sight seeing, and it was ready for us when we got back. Let me tell ya, it smelled so good when we got to our condo.

Everyone, including my husband couldn’t stop eating Val’s Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup and we were lucky enough to find an underground bakery that day where we bought loaves and loves of crusty bread to dip into the sauce. Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering now.

Val’s recipes are easy to follow, and you will absolutely love her! Being the generous person she is, she let me put the the full recipe for the “Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup” here on my blog for you to pin and/or print now. You will find the cookbook giveaway (there’s 2 up for grabs) after the recipe. Good luck!

Yield: 6-8

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours


  • 1 cup diced sweet yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup peeled and diced carrot
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cans whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1- 20 ounce package of refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves


  1. Place onion, carrot, garlic, tomatoes and their liquid, broth, sugar, oregano, salt, pepper, and bay leaves into the insert of a 6-quart (5.5-L) slow cooker. Stir to combine the ingredients well, then cover and cook for 7-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.
  2. Power off and unplug the slow cooker. Remove and discard the bay leaves and use an immersion blender to blend the mixture until it is smooth. Alternatively, you can transfer the mixture, in batches, to the blender to puree, then return it to the slow cooker.
  3. Plug in the slow cooker. Stir in the half-and-half or the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and tortellini. Cover and cook on high for an additional 15 to 30 minutes, until the tortellini is warmed through and is tender. Stir in the fresh basil just before serving with plenty of additional Parmesan on the side.


This giveaway is for US residents only and you must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Giveaway runs from January 17, 2020 through January 24, 2020.  Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by e-mail.

The Family Foolproof Family Slow Cooker Cookbook will arrive at your door approximately 1-3 weeks after the giveaway ends.

Here’s how you enter:

Comment below telling me the name of your favorite hand held cookbook 😉

Join my private Facebook Decorating & Cooking Group HERE.

Subscribe to Redhead Can Decorate’s Newsletter HERE.

Visit & subscribe to Cottage at the Crossroads (optional, but will double your chances). Here’s the recipe Jane decided to make from the cookbook, and you can enter the giveaway there as well.

PULLED PORK WITH ROOT BEER BBQ SAUCE by Cottage at the Crossroads


RICK’S SECRET TOMATO SAUCE by Redhead Can Decorate

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60 Responses

  1. robert urtel says:

    It all looks GREAT, love to all, Dad in NY. Main reason I still use cook book at age 85 amount of vinigar in German Potatoe Salad and and if I bake my cookies have made for years at325 or 350.

  2. Debbie says:

    I just subscribed and I would love a chance to receiver this cookbook.

  3. Tracey A says:

    Brownie Bliss with mixes is ONE of my favorite cookbooks! Honestly, I have so many that it is hard to choose!

  4. ColleenB.-Tx. says:

    I use my hand held cookbooks all the time.
    My favorite is the one my mother had of which I believe was a church cookbook. It has been used so much that it no longer has the cover so not able to give you the title but my mother used it and now I use it quite a bit. Pages are worn, covered with stains, etc. but it is a great little cookbook. I have to keep it in a ziplock baggie cause so many of the pages are coming or are loose & is absolutely fallowing apart.
    Thanks for this super giveaway opportunity.

  5. Barbara Warner says:

    I love cookbooks – I enjoy just reading them, but I still get many of my favorite recipes from a hard copy. My favorite is Good Earth Cooking, which is a Mennonite (PA) cookbook. I use their recipe for my coconut custard pie all the time. I also use several church-produced cookbooks from churches my friends go to. I use a recipe for my Fresh Apple Cake from my sister’s church, and a recipe for Hummingbird Cake from a friend who goes to church in our town. Cookbooks are wonderful! AND, I love using my slow-cooker!

  6. Tieron says:

    I have 750+ ( I quit counting at
    750 ) hardback cookbooks. I have 14 foit long floor to ceiling bookcase in my dining room that houses this amazing collectio. Of all of my cookbooks, my 50 year old Joy Of Cooking is my very favorite. It is the holy grail of cooking bibles. If you understand the actual premise of base recipes, you can conquer any recipe, no matter how difficult it may be. While I certainly use online resources for cooking these days, I refer to my handheld cook books very very often. My collection is very categorized and very organized. I am quite proud of my collection and love adding new and inventive books to it !

  7. Bunni Russell says:

    My Most used and favorite hand held cookbook is a toss up between ,The cake doctor and Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana kitchen. Valerie’s book sounds amazing.

  8. Karen Kleinberg says:

    <My favorite cookbook is one that belonged to my mother. It is the Good Housekeeping Cook Book printed n 1956. Almost all of her recipes she used from Harvard Beet to Lemon Meringue Pie are there, along with all the splatters and watermarks from using it so much. I have many cookbooks, but this one is my "go to" book for any good simple recipe.

  9. Judy Walker says:

    I love hand held cookbooks and while I can’t really say I have a favorite, I have Mrs. Dull’s “Southern Cooking” cookbook on the kitchen counter right now as I plan to make her crescents (cookies) a little later today. This cookbook was my mother’s and was always her “go to” cookbook. I love the church and community cookbooks; they always have such good recipes in them. And any Southern Living cookbook! The cookbook you are offering sounds great (as does the tomato soup recipe). Thank you.

  10. Dotty Strickland says:

    I have a few cookbooks to choose from, but I find myself often going back to the basics of old cookbooks like Pilsbury Family Cookbook. The pages have yellowed with age!

  11. Dianna Gregory says:

    My favorite paper cookbook?!?! I have shelves full of Cookbooks so its ard to choose but my current ‘ read’ is River Road Recipes

  12. Myra says:

    This looks like a wonderful cookbook! I have several Pioneer Woman cookbooks, but I most often use one given to me by my Mother, ‘Just a Matter of Thyme’. This was written by two young women from Missouri, about 30 years ago..

  13. Sally Smith says:

    My favorite recipe books are family ones that friends have given me. Awesome tried and true. Thanks for the giveaway!! Hope i win!!😉

  14. Melodie says:

    My favorite cookbook is my old Betty Crocker cookbook. My kids are adults now but my oldest requests the farm style oatmeal cookies and both my girls request the beef stroganoff.

  15. Jody says:

    I loved my Betty Crocker from 1973 when I was married. Stolen with everything else from storage unit. I make crock pot dinners almost 6 days a week. My daughter in law works and often pulls a double. Warm for her when she gets home. My son and I can eat at a regular hour. We are starting to share what we eat with his twins. Works out best for us. I fix it night before, she turns it on when she leaves and we all get a good meal. Pizza, lasagna, roast and potatoes. All good.

  16. maryirene says:

    pillsbury a real old cookbook is my fave

  17. Carol Bittner says:

    Hi Julie. This is another of your fantastic giveaways! I love my mothers hard cover cookbook with many hand written recipes from her and also her mother (my grams). It’s very old (and very ‘used’) but I love it AND display it on your beautiful black stand that I won in a past giveaway!!! Thank you for another great opportunity. I appreciate all that you do.

  18. Barb Swiss says:

    My favorite cookbook is Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle Stop cafe Cookbook!

    I hope you mom is doing better!

  19. Jennifer R says:

    I currently am liking a cookbook I found at a local vintage store- Taste of Home Half Homemade.

  20. Tracy says:

    I have to choose my first cookbook ever given to me by my Mum at 14 years old: Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. I never really used it until I was living on my own and sorely craved my Mum’s cooking. Beef enchiladas, chicken pot pie, corn fritters and basic white sauce. It’s a flashback of my childhood that I can still recreate today. The binding has split and its held together with an elastic headband, but I treasure it still ❤️


    The old Betty Crocker cook book

  22. Lisa Soldi says:

    The Classic Italian Cookbook Marcella Hazan

  23. Pamela Pigue says:

    Yes, 99.5 0/0 of the time I love to use my cookbooks from 2-3 generations back. I own quite a nice library of cookbooks. There’s nothing like turning the pages.

  24. Rita Ramirez says:

    My favorite handheld cookbook is my Betty Crocker 3 ring binder one. Of course I have several others, but this is my go too…

  25. Sharon says:

    My first cookbook was Better Homes and Gardens. It was a wedding gift in 1962. I couldn’t even boil water when I married so this cookbook got me through so many times!!

  26. Linda Dreher says:

    The tortellini looks wonderful and yummy!
    Joined your FB, newsletter, Cottage by the Crossroads newsletter and all required.
    My favorite handheld cookbook is Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

  27. Lisa says:

    My favorite go to cookbook is one my mother made a few years before she passed away. She put all her mother’s and her family favorite recipes in there that have been enjoyed for generations.

  28. Lori says:

    I look forward to trying new recipes. My go-to is Betty Crocker.

  29. Kelli Cronin says:

    The Betty Crocker mid-50’s cookbook handed down by family is still my favorite. Thanksgiving stuffing (bread torn by hand) is the only stuffing my brothers and family will eat.

  30. Randy Sue McKeever says:

    My favorite cookbook is my Betty Crocker Cookbook published 1972 that I received for my 16th birthday from my mother. It is dog eared and slightly smudged from splashes (oops!) of food and butter. I have all whole 2 book shelf sets of cook books now! I love to pick up regional ones and the local church and 4 H group ones and recently found myself a Fanny Farmer cookbook in our local Goodwill. I would happily give a good home to Valerie’s new cook book! Happy cooking!

  31. Carol S. says:

    I love The Happy Cookbook which is full of celebrity favorites that are easy to cook.

  32. Irene Fankhauser says:

    I always would go to the Better Homes and Garden Cook book. I had used it so much some of the pages had come loose. I want to try this tomato tortellini soup. Sounds wonderful!

  33. Theresa Berge says:

    That soup looks delicious! I love my Gooseberry Patch, Taste of Home and Pioneer Woman cookbooks! Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome cookbook! Love your blog. I am a fellow Michigander 🙂

  34. Amy M. says:

    I agree, there’s nothing like a “real” cookbook! I have so many that I turn to time and again, but my current favorite is Keeping Good Company by Roxie Kelley and Shelly Reeves Smith. The recipes are delish, the stories comforting and the lovely illustrations make my heart happy!!

  35. Lorena Keech says:

    I have so many cookbooks. A fave is a local cookbook with recipes from local celebrities, news people and politicians.

  36. Chris says:

    I love cookbooks! I’m in a cookbook dinner club that meets every other month. We each bring our favorite cookbook and one course. We then swap cookbooks and courses for our next dinner. At the end of the year we have each had all 6 cookbooks and all 6 courses. It is always fantastic! I’m looking forward to making this soup!

  37. Desiree DeYoung says:

    Favorite Recipes of America Desserts!!!^_^

  38. Mary says:

    I own this cookbook and it is so good. I’ve made several recipes out of it but I’ve made the Buffalo Chicken Dip in crock pot probably 3 times, my son loves it. I love Valerie’s website have made many many of her recipes but this cookbook of hers it the best!

  39. Cookie eddings says:

    “When I was married in 1965 one of the things my mother gave me was the “Better Homes & Garden” red plaid cookbook. I believe that it was from the 50’s. It helped me so much when I was a new, young
    homemaker; that was 54 years ago. Of course it’s well worn with pages missing in the ring binder. It means the world to me because it was a most thoughtful gift from Mama.
    I don’t usually win things, but maybe this time will be a charm.

  40. Steph says:

    I love so many. I like the hadassah cookbooks

  41. Debra Schramm says:

    One of my favorites is “Southern Flavors from Plains 1885-1985” from Plains Junior Woman’s Club, Plains, Georgia

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