Easy Sausage Tortellini Soup

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This hearty easy sausage tortellini soup is not only tasty, but it’s super easy to whip up on the stovetop in under half an hour. It’s savory, and satisfying, and perfect for chilly weather, busy weeknights, or lazy Sunday afternoons.

Two bowls of sausage tortellini soup with parmesan cheese on top.

First off, let’s talk about what makes this soup so darn yummy. I think it’s all about the combination of flavors and textures. You’ve got the rich and hearty sausage, the tender cheese-filled tortellini, and a flavorful tomato broth that ties it all together. Plus, I feel like the addition of spinach makes it a well-balanced meal in a bowl, right?

And speaking of meals in a bowl, put this Sopa de Ajo on your list to make too. It’s Spanish garlic bread soup and you’ll love it too!

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Soup in a pot with steam rising off of it.

Before We Get Into the Cooking Process, Let’s Gather Our Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sausage (ground – mild or spicy)
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic (or 3 cloves of garlic chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 15 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 16-20 ounces of fresh cheese tortellini
  • 5 cups chicken broth (if using low-sodium, add 1/2 tsp sea salt)
  • 4 cups fresh spinach (or kale if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Grated parmesan and chopped fresh basil for topping.
Sausage tortellini soup in a pot with a blue napkin laying next to it.

How to Make This Flavorful Tortellini Soup:

  1. Brown the Sausage: In a large pot or dutch oven, cook the Italian sausage over medium heat. Break it into small pieces with a spoon as it cooks until it’s no longer pink. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Don’t forget to stir occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté everything together for another 3-5 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add Tomatoes and Broth: Pour in the can of crushed tomatoes and the chicken broth. If you like a thicker soup, you can add some tomato paste too. Season the mixture with pepper and Italian seasoning. Give it a good stir. Let the soup simmer for 15 ish minutes.
  4. Add Tortellini: Add the tortellini and cook according to the package instructions. Typically, this takes around 7-10 minutes.
  5. Add Greens: Toss in the chopped spinach or kale. These greens will add a burst of freshness and vibrant color to the soup. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until they wilt.
  6. Creaminess: This is the best part! After the tortellini has cooked through and the greens have wilted, pour in 1/2 cup of heavy cream and stir gently. The cream will infuse richness into the broth and make the soup velvety smooth.
  7. Serve and Garnish: Ladle your finished soup into bowls, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on top for a cheesy finish.
A bowl of tortellini soup with a blue napkin in the background.

Things to Remember When Making Sausage Tortellini Soup

  • Choose Quality Sausage: The key to a flavorful soup is using high-quality Italian sausage. You can go for mild or spicy, depending on your preference, but make sure it’s fresh and well-seasoned.
  • Use Fresh Tortellini: If you can find fresh tortellini at your local store, go for it. They cook up faster and have a wonderful texture. If not, a frozen tortellini will do just fine.
  • Store It Right: If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. This soup actually gets better with time as the flavors meld together. It can stay fresh for up to 3-4 days, but the tortellini will continue to absorb the liquid, so it will have a different texture after being refrigerated.
  • Reheat with Care: When reheating, do it on low heat to avoid overcooking the tortellini. You can also add a little extra broth to loosen up the soup’s consistency.

The Stovetop is the Answer

I’m really feeling the stovetop thick and hearty soups this season. They’re so easy and filling. Don’t forget to try this easy potato soup recipe too. It’s another one you can have on the table in 30 minutes.


This soup is already pretty hearty, but don’t hesitate to throw in some extra veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, or even mushrooms to make this soup even heartier. Soups like this can be a catchall for ingredients you have leftover in the fridge.

Two bowls of soup with spoons in them and a blue napkin laying next to them.

So there you have it my friends, a hearty sausage tortellini soup that’s easy to make, full of flavors and textures, and perfect for those busy times you crave a comforting meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Give it a try, and I promise you’ll want to make it a regular addition to your dinner rotation like we did. Winner, winner…um…sausage dinner?!

A bowl of soup with a blue napkin laying next to it.

Easy Sausage Tortellini Soup

By: Kristine Underwood
This easy sausage tortellini soup combines savory Italian sausage, cheese-filled tortellini, in a flavorful tomato broth with spinach. This stovetop soup is bursting with hearty flavors and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a quick, comforting meal on busy days.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Soup, Stew, & Chili
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 589 kcal


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb sausage (ground)
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 tsp minced garlic (or 3 cloves of garlic chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 15 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 16 oz cheese tortellini
  • 5 cups chicken broth (if using low-sodium, add 1/2 tsp sea salt)
  • 5 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  • Over medium-high heat, teat olive oil in the bottom of a large stock pot or dutch oven.
    1 tsp olive oil
  • Add sausage and thoroughly cook until brown.
    1 lb sausage
  • Add chopped onion and continue cooking sausage and onion mixture until onions are soft and clear.
    1 yellow onion
  • Add minced garlic, pepper, and Italian seasoning and cook 1-2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant.
    3 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Stir in the chicken broth and crushed tomatoes. Bring soup to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
    15 oz crushed tomatoes, 5 cups chicken broth
  • Add the tortellini and spinach and cook for several minutes, until tortellini are are soft and spinach is wilted.
    16 oz cheese tortellini, 5 cups fresh spinach
  • Stir in the heavy cream just before serving. Ladle soup into bowls, top with fresh basil and grated parmesean cheese.
    1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Store soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.


Serving: 1 bowlCalories: 589kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 27gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1655mgPotassium: 628mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2856IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 197mgIron: 5mg
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Recipe Rating


  1. I love tortellini soup and this recipe is very quick and easy. I have a perfect bowl of comfort in no time5 stars

    1. Oh my gosh, me too Gianne! Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed the soup!

  2. The recipe was absolutely delicious and a definite winner!5 stars

  3. Loving how fast this comes together. Perfect for my busy nights. Thanks, Kristine!5 stars

    1. You bet! And me too, Jess! It’s one of the quickest comfort dinners around. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, I appreciate it!

  4. I love soup season for recipes just like this! Enjoyed this for dinner tonight and it was a savory success; my whole family loved it!

  5. I had some extra tortellini sitting in the fridge and this was a great way to use it up! This soup was comforting, creamy and so delicious!5 stars

    1. Oh, how perfect Anjali! Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it AND got to use up that tortellini!

  6. It doesn’t get any cozier than this soup! My daughter loves tortellini so this was a huge hit for dinner. Will be making this often 🙂5 stars

    1. I totally agree Kathryn, it’s one of my top 5 faves. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. This is absolutely perfect for the fall and winter! I love the flavors and how satisfying it is.5 stars

    1. It really is, nothing better! Thanks so much, Beth – I appreciate the review!

  8. This is one hearty, comforting and delicious soup. It makes really good leftovers too, I’m having the rest for lunch today haha!5 stars

    1. LOL, that’s amazing Kathleen! I’m a huge fan of dinner leftovers for lunch too. So glad you loved it!

  9. All of the flavors in this soup are incredible. And I love these vibrant colors. Very pleasing meal!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Suja! I really appreciate the feedback. 🙂

  10. This is such a cozy and comforting soup, perfect for Fall. I love how easy it was to make too, definitely a winner.5 stars

    1. That’s one of my favorite parts too Michelle, 30 minute recipes are always my go-to! Really glad to hear you enjoyed it!