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close-up of a bowl of italian sausage tortellini soup with shaved parmesan cheese on top

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

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!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword sausage tortellini soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 564kcal


  • 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. 
  • 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.


Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1511mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1740IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 4mg