I know I have complained before of some ingredients being difficult to find in Japan. (Cheese is one, if you recall.)
Making Chinese soups is a snap. Finding ingredients for Asian recipes is usually not too hard. Things like fresh shiitake mushrooms and bamboo shoots, which would otherwise be dried or canned.
After the Schezuan soup, I was in the mood for something different. So I looked to Italy.
I have found and used some great soup recipes on the Eating Well website. This particular recipe I based off of Eating Well’s Chicken and Spinach Pesto recipe-it's delicious.
When I made this soup, I basically made the Chicken and Spinach Pesto soup, but added tortellini. If I could get my hands on Italian sausage, I would have substituted it for the chicken, but alas. I have yet to discover Italian sausage in the Land of the Rising Sun. Sigh.
But the chicken is still delightful. It's an excellent soup.
I recommend wine and Italian bread on the side with tiramisu for dessert. (In my book, these three things go with any meal.)
Find the soup recipe here.