Creamy Tortellini Soup

This incredible creamy tortellini soup is a delicious cream mix of tomatoes, sausage, and pasta. It’s a versatile, easy dinner the family will love!

It’s getting to be sweater season. And I’m ready! I love the sunshine, but I also don’t mind the cold air. Whether it is cold and sunny or cold and dreary, this easy tortellini soup will keep you warm inside.

This creamy italian soup is similar to our zuppa toscana. In place of the potatoes, you’ll find cheese tortellini. For that reason, this soup isn’t paleo or gluten free, but it is delicious and easy anway. If you love spicy sausage soup, then I know you’ll enjoy this!

closeup of bowl of tortellini soup with spinach

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • easily customizable
  • ready in 45 minutes with only 12 minutes prep
  • comforting sausage and tortellini
ingredients for tortellini soup on a table

How to Make Creamy Tortellini Soup

Make sure to use the refrigerated cheese tortellini. It should only take about 4 minutes to cook the refrigerated tortellini, as opposed to a dry tortellini pasta which will take longer.

This soup is meant to be a very quick meal and doesn’t need a lot of simmering time. I found that if I simmered it too long, it caused the half and half to separate. If you would like to simmer your soup, add the half and half when you add the spinach and refrigerated tortellini so that it doesn’t curdle.

  • Heat the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened and transparent.
  • Add the italian sausage to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes or until browned. Drain grease.
  • Pour in the tomatoes, broth, half & half, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  • Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Add the tortellini and the spinach.
  • Cook for 4 minutes or until the spinach has wilted and the tortellini are cooked through, then remove from the heat and stir in the fresh basil.

Can I add potatoes to this soup?

Although this recipe is delicious without potatoes, you can add some if you want the soup to yield more servings, or if you just enjoy potatoes. The best potatoes to use would be Yukon gold or red potatoes, cut into quarters. These two types of potatoes are waxier and hold their shape well.

Make sure you do not overcook the potatoes, as that will add too much creaminess to the soup. Add the potatoes to the boiling water 5-7 minutes before adding the tortellini so that they finish cooking at about the same time.

overhead views of bowls of tortellini sausage soup

Recipe Variations:

  • You can use hot or mild Italian sausage.
  • Add red pepper flakes for extra spice.
  • Use kale instead of spinach.

What to Serve with Creamy Tortellini Soup

This soup could easily be served as a complete meal for lunch time or dinner. The veggies are in the soup too! However, if you’d like some sides, here are a few of our favorites:

overhead view of a bowl of soup with spoons

How to Store Tortellini Soup

Because this recipe yields a fair amount of soup, you may have leftovers that can be stored in the fridge. These should be in an airtight container and will last up to 5 days. If the tortellini was overcooked initially, it might be a bit too soggy.

closeup of tortellini soup on a ladle
closeup of tortellini soup on a ladle

Creamy Tortellini Soup

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This incredible creamy tortellini soup is a delicious cream mix of tomatoes, sausage, and pasta. It's a versatile, easy dinner the family will love!
Servings 8
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped (~1 small onion)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (bulk…without casing)
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cup half & half
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes (1 can, with juice)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach
  • 19 ounces refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini (~5 cups) (not dry)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil

Optional garnishes:

  • shredded parmesan cheese
  • chopped parsley

Instructions
 

  • Heat the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened and transparent.
  • Add the sausage to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes or until browned. Drain grease.
  • Pour in the tomatoes, broth, half & half, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  • Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Add the tortellini and the spinach.
  • Cook for 4 minutes or until the spinach has wilted and the tortellini are cooked through, then remove from the heat and stir in the fresh basil.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls.
  • Garnish each serving with parmesan cheese or chopped parsley (optional) and enjoy.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 8, with 1 serving being ⅛ of the soup. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1454mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1998IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 4mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 520
Keyword comfort food, italian soup, sausage soup

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