This Italian sausage tortellini soup recipe is loaded with flavorful sausage and cheesy pasta in an irresistible creamy tomato broth. It has very little prep time and can be on your table in just 40 minutes!
If you're not sold yet, it also happens to be a one pot soup! Easy peasy. Or you can try my similar Crockpot tortellini soup with sausage.
Creamy sausage tortellini soup
You know that feeling you get when you eat the perfect bowl of soup, and it warms you up from the inside out? Yes, this cheese tortellini soup with sausage is the best comfort food meal on a chilly day! Italian sausage and tortellini are an iconic duo, and the creamy tomato broth is mouthwatering.
One of the awesome things about this soup is that it has minimal prep time. Chop the onion and celery, crumble the sausage (or use sausage meat), and that's essentially it. It means that a complete and filling dinner for your whole family is ready faster on busy weeknights. You'll even have time to make my 10-minute homemade Caesar salad dressing for a side salad.
What makes this soup so tasty
- Italian sausage - this variety of sausage adds protein to the soup and has a fantastic blend of herbs and spices
- Onion, celery, and garlic - these staples are the building blocks to any good soup
- Flour - to thicken the broth
- Garlic - one of my favorite ingredients to take soups to the next level!
- Chicken broth - gives the soup additional cozy flavor versus just using water
- Diced tomatoes - tomatoes complement the sausage, and using the juices too is important for depth of flavor
- Italian seasoning - this blend of herbs including rosemary, oregano, and thyme makes the soup special, or you can sub with fresh herbs of your choice
- Cheese tortellini - I use refrigerated tortellini because it cooks faster, but you're welcome to use dried; just note that it'll take longer to cook
- Heavy cream - don't skip the cream! It makes it an out-of-this-world delicious soup
- Spinach - tossing in a handful of baby spinach sneaks in some extra veggies
How to make Italian sausage tortellini soup
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven sauté the crumbled sausage meat until browned. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate, drain most of the fat, and then cook the chopped onion and celery.
Add in the flour and garlic and cook for a minute, stirring constantly. Slowly pour in the chicken broth.
Add the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and sausage meat. Bring to a boil, add in the pasta, and simmer. Finally, stir in the cream and spinach.
Substitutions and variations
- Be careful subbing the cream because the acidity of the tomatoes may curdle anything with a lower fat content than heavy cream.
- Try a different variety of sausage like chicken or turkey to change it up.
- If you're not a fan of regular diced tomatoes, use petite diced tomatoes or tomato sauce instead.
- Craving something spicy? Throw in some crushed red pepper flakes or use hot Italian sausage.
- If spinach isn't your thing, try kale, but let it cook for a little bit longer.
- This recipe is very flexible, so add in more veggies if you happen to have any on hand that need using up.
Make ahead tip
- If you plan on having leftovers, add the cheese tortellini to individual portions instead when you reheat them. That way, the pasta will cook quickly right in the soup when you need it and won't have gone too soft!
Leftovers and storage
- I recommend eating this soup within a couple of days. The tortellini will soak up the broth and puff up the longer it's in the fridge.
- You can freeze this soup, but if you want to freeze the entire batch, it's best to leave out the cream, spinach, and tortellini and then add them when you're reheating.
- If you freeze leftovers as-is, the pasta may not have the same texture as when first cooked.
I hope you try this sausage and tortellini soup recipe! Questions? Ask me in the comments below!
Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
- 16 ounces Italian sausage see note
- 1/2 medium onion chopped finely
- 2 sticks celery chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 (28 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 generous cups refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach optional
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Add the sausage meat to a large soup pot (if using whole sausages, take the sausage meat out of its casings and crumble it into the pot). Sauté over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 7-10 minutes, or until the sausage is browned all over.
- Take the sausage out of the pot and set it aside on a paper towel lined plate. Leave about a tablespoon of the fat in the pot (drain any excess).
- Add the onion and celery to the pot and cook for 4 minutes or so, then add the flour and garlic and cook for a minute, stirring constantly.
- Add the chicken broth slowly and stir until the flour has completely dissolved.
- Add the canned tomatoes and Italian seasoning to the pot. Also add the sausage back in. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a gentle boil.
- Once it's boiling, add the tortellini and reduce the heat so it's gently simmering. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cream and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Stir in the spinach and season with salt & pepper to taste.
- For the sausages, anything around the 16 ounce/1 pound ballpark is fine - it doesn't need to be exact. Here in Canada I buy a 500g 5-pack of Johnsonville mild Italian sausages for this soup. Ground sausage meat is fine too!
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
This recipe was originally published on November 28, 2017. It's been tweaked to be even easier, tastier, and has new photos!