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Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup brings together spicy sausage with tender pasta and cheese in this comforting soup. Grab a spoon and bowl and get ready for a dinner that satisfies body and soul.

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Sausage tortellini soup in a white bowl with shaved parmesan cheese.

Easy Sausage Soup

I love soups. This recipe is a winner because it’s packed with flavor and easy to make in about 30 minutes.

From the spicy sausage to the cheesy tortellini, it won’t disappoint!

We served ours with a olive garden salad and some crusty garlic bread. A steaming hot bowl of Sausage Tortellini Soup made the perfect comfort food dinner.

It’s full of filling nourishing ingredients that will make you feel satisfied but not overwhelmed and weighed down. My entire family asked for seconds!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for sausage tortellini soup.

I’m a bit of a spice addict. I can never have enough.

Italian Sausage. I think the HOT Italian sausage is best with the cheese tortellini soup. It adds just the right kick without being anything close to unbearably spicy.

That said, feel free to adjust the heat by using a sweet Italian sausage instead of spicy Italian sausage. Either way it’s going to be delish.

If you purchase it in links (in casings), just be sure to strip it out of the casings. Or, if you prefer, you could just cook the links and slice them for the soup.

Tortellini. I used store bought cheese stuffed tortellini. These days there are so many different kinds to choose from if you have a decently stocked grocery store! Any kind will do, but I used a simple frozen variety without any extra seasonings or spices; just the cheese! Fresh tortellini will work just as well too.

Carrots, Onion, Garlic. Adds flavor and texture to the soup!

Chicken Broth. I use this because it adds flavor without overpowering the soup. Vegetable broth would be great too. In a pinch, you could use beef broth if that’s all you have on hand.

Fresh Basil. Adds a lovely fresh Italian flavor to the soup.

How to Make Tortellini Soup

Step by step photos showing how to make sausage tortellini soup in a soup pot.

This homemade sausage soup is ready to eat in 30 minutes and you only need one pot. 

Brown the Sausage. In the soup pot you’ll be using, brown the Italian Sausage, breaking into small chunks as it cooks. This takes 6 – 8 minutes. Drain the grease and set sausage aside (I put it on a paper towel lined plate or bowl).

Cook Vegetables and Herbs. In the same pot, melt butter. Saute onions and carrots with basil and garlic for several minutes.

Make Soup Base. Whisk in tomato paste, broth and water. Heat about ten minutes on medium high heat.

Combine. Add sausage and tortellini (fresh or frozen). Cook until tortellini is tender. Serve with fresh shaved or shredded parmesan cheese. ENJOY!

Recipe FAQs

Can I use sweet Italian sausage in soup?

Sweet Italian sausage makes a delicious substitute for the hot Italian sausage if you prefer less heat.

How can I make this creamy sausage tortellini soup?

To make creamy sausage tortellini soup, add in about 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream with the sausage and tortellini, cook until tortellini is tender.

Can I add vegetables to tortellini soup?

Yes! Feel free to throw in some kale or spinach with the sausage and tortelini so that it can wilt and cook down slightly. You could also add some small diced potatoes to the soup with the carrots.

Sausage tortellini soup in a pot being scooped on a ladle.

Tips and Tricks

  1. STORAGE: I recommend eating this soup right away so the tortellini doesn’t get mushy. If you need to make it ahead of time, you can cook everything up until adding the tortellini, then transfer to the fridge to store for up to 2 days or the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, bring to a simmer on the stove top and add the tortellini, cooking until tender.
  2. SLOW COOKER: If wanting to use a crockpot, brown the sausage. Then put everything in the slow cooker except the tortellini and parmesan cheese. Cook on low 5 hours. Add the tortellini and cook and additional hour until soft and tender.
  3. Parmesan Rinds: If you buy fresh parmesan, save those rinds! This is the perfect soup to toss that rind in while the soup simmers with broth. It adds a rich and delicious flavor.

More Easy Soup Recipes

Yield: Serves 6

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Sausage Tortellini Soup brings together spicy sausage with tender pasta and cheese in this comforting soup. Grab a spoon and bowl and get ready for a dinner that satisfies body and soul.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage, casings removed (sweet, mild or hot)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 32oz chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (6oz) tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 teaspoon fresh basil, snipped
  • 1 lb cheese tortellini
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown Italian Sausage in a large pot, breaking into small chunks (about 6-8 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  2. In same pot, melt butter. Saute onions and carrots with basil and garlic for several minutes.
  3. Whisk in tomato paste, broth and water. Heat about ten minutes on medium high heat.
  4. Add sausage and tortellini (fresh or frozen). Cook until tortellini is tender. Serve with fresh parmesan cheese. ENJOY!

Notes

  1. STORAGE: I recommend eating this soup right away so the tortellini doesn't get mushy. If you need to make it ahead of time, you can cook everything up until adding the tortellini, then transfer to the fridge to store for up to 2 days or the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, bring to a simmer on the stove top and add the tortellini, cooking until tender.
  2. SLOW COOKER: If wanting to use a crockpot, brown the sausage. Then put everything in the slow cooker except the tortellini and parmesan cheese. Cook on low 5 hours. Add the tortellini and cook and additional hour until soft and tender.
  3. Parmesan Rinds: If you buy fresh parmesan, save those rinds! This is the perfect soup to toss that rind in while the soup simmers with broth. It adds a rich and delicious flavor.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 563Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 1574mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on March 7, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Made this for dinner last night. So good!! I made your barbacoa last weekend, tacos and lime rice, and I’m thinking I like your savory dishes more than the sweets. Loved both!!

    1. Hey Shiloh, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. We’re having the barbacoa tomorrow!! My hubby loves the savory more than sweets too 🙂

  2. I like tortellini very much and I often buy or cook them by myself but I would never have thought that can be added into the soup! I think that it is an interesting idea and the soup will be thick and nourishing.

  3. Menu plans really, REALLY help me during the week too. This soup is definitely something my family will enjoy! Thanks for sharing Aimee!

  4. I started menu planning right before the holidays and it seriously has taken the stress out of “what’s for dinner?” I need to add this to my list!

  5. Oh man meal planning has saved my life on numerous occasions. I’ll have to add this soup into the rotation this winter for sure! 😀

  6. I am a HUGE menu planner! In fact, I have a white board that I write the weekly menu on..my hubby likes knowing what he is going to be eating! This looks like it is going to be making it’s way up there soon! Sausage with tortellini?? Allll over that!

  7. I need to be better about menu planning myself — life would be so much easier if I knew what I was making for dinner every night! As for the soup, if there’s sausage and tortellini in something, I’m definitely in. 🙂

  8. We love sausage and tortellini soup at our house and your soup looks scrumptious, Aimee! Nope. Never menu planned in my life. We plan perhaps 2 to 3 days in advance at our house and buy fresh ingredients. Don’t really mind all the shopping. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinned!

  9. I use to be really good at getting a menu planned for the week, but I slacked off over the holidays. I need to get back on track. My goal is one trip the grocery store a week 🙂

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