The Ultimate Creamy Tortellini Soup Recipe

When the weather turns chilly, there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of hot, creamy soup. And one of the most satisfying soups around is tortellini soup. Packed with tender cheese-filled pasta, savory Italian sausage, and plenty of veggies, this one-pot meal is sure to become a family favorite.


To make a delicious pot of tortellini soup, you’ll need:


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the sausage over medium heat, crumbling it as it cooks. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. The Best Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
  2. In the same pot, sauté the onion, garlic, carrots and celery in the sausage drippings until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
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  1. Stir in the diced tomatoes, broth, cooked sausage, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Chicken Tortellini Soup
  2. Add the tortellini and cook until tender, about 7-9 minutes for frozen or 3-5 minutes for fresh. The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook
  3. Stir in the spinach or kale and let wilt, 1-2 minutes. For a creamier soup, stir in the heavy cream and heat through.
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  1. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve hot, topped with grated Parmesan cheese. Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage


This versatile soup can be customized in many ways:

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  • Swap the tortellini for ravioli or other small pasta shapes
  • Make it spicy with hot Italian sausage or extra red pepper flakes Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup
  • For a lighter soup, use milk or half-and-half instead of cream

Serving Suggestions

Tortellini soup is a hearty meal on its own, but you can round it out with:

This comforting soup is easy to make, endlessly customizable, and perfect for chilly nights. It also makes great leftovers – the flavors meld and improve overnight. So whip up a big batch and enjoy tortellini soup all week long!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tortellini Soup

What type of tortellini is best for this soup?

You can use fresh, refrigerated cheese tortellini for the best flavor and texture. Look for it in the refrigerated section near other fresh pastas. Frozen or dried tortellini can also work, but may require a longer cooking time.

Can I use a different type of sausage?

Mild or hot Italian sausage pairs well with the flavors in this soup. You could also try a chicken or turkey Italian sausage for a leaner option. If you want to make it vegetarian, omit the sausage altogether.

What other vegetables can I add to tortellini soup?

This soup is very versatile! You can add your favorite veggies like:

  • Zucchini
  • Peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes
  • Squash
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How long does tortellini soup last in the fridge?

Leftover tortellini soup will keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Store it in an airtight container. The pasta will continue to absorb broth as it sits, so you may need to add a splash more when reheating.

Can I freeze tortellini soup?

Yes, this soup freezes well, with a couple of caveats. If you plan to freeze it, undercook the tortellini slightly so it doesn’t get mushy when reheated. Also, wait to add any greens like spinach or kale until you reheat the soup to serve.

What goes well with tortellini soup?

Some great sides to serve with this hearty soup include:

  • Crusty bread or garlic bread for dipping
  • A simple green salad
  • Roasted or steamed veggies

How can I make this soup creamy?

For a creamier tortellini soup, you have a few options:

  • Stir in heavy cream or half-and-half at the end
  • Add a dollop of ricotta or mascarpone cheese
  • Puree a cup of the soup (avoiding the tortellini) and stir it back in

Let me know if you have any other questions about making the perfect pot of tortellini soup!