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Creamy Tortellini Soup Recipe

This creamy tortellini soup is packed with tender tortellini pasta, fresh kale, and Italian sausage. If you enjoyed Zuppa Toscana, you will love this! Italian tortellini soup is super flavorful, made in just 30 minutes, and will warm you up.

As the crisp fall air rolls in, we have soups on our regular rotation like Creamy Tomato Soup, and Chicken Noodle Soup. This tortellini soup is hearty, satisfying, and healthy at the same time.

a pot with tortellini soup

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Italian Creamy Tortellini Soup

This soup uses simple pantry and refrigerator staple ingredients so it is perfect for busy weeknight dinners or as a starter for an Italian feast paired with Focaccia Bread. It’s also a great option for when you’re having an intense pasta craving but don’t want to fill up on a heavy serving of carbs. The creamy broth and tortellini taste so decadent but are light enough that you won’t feel like you need to take a nap after having a bowl.

Ingredients 

  • Italian Sausage – try mild Italian sausage or a spicy sausage to add some heat
  • Garlic – add the garlic to taste, but use fresh garlic versus garlic powder
  • Onion – we prefer yellow onion for caramelized sweet flavor but you can use white or red onion instead.
  • Salt – add salt to taste since sausage is naturally fairly salty
  • Chicken broth – use homemade Bone Broth for the best flavor or any store-bought variety.
  • Tomato sauce – we used plain canned tomato sauce
  • Cheese tortellini – found in the refrigerated or frozen aisle at most grocery stores. Trader Joe’s and Costco both have awesome tortellini
  • Kale – You can use fresh or pop a bag of frozen straight into the broth for a quick shortcut
  • Heavy cream – Full-fat, heavy cream gives this soup its signature texture. Refrain from using milk, as it won’t make the broth as creamy and is prone to curdling. 
ingredients for tortellinin soup

How to Make Tortellini Soup

You can make homemade tortellini soup with 10 ingredients and 30 minutes. Here’s a quick overview of the recipe before you dive in: 

  1. Cook sausage – In a heavy soup pot over medium heat, brown the sausage. 
  2. Add onion and garlic – sautee onion until soft then press in garlic and season lightly with salt.
  3. Pour in broth & tomato sauce and allow the soup to simmer for about 15 minutes. 
  4. Add tortellini and lightly boil 5 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Stir in kale and cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the kale is softened. Season to taste.
step by step on making tortellini soup

Helpful Tips

  • Adjust the salt. Depending on the broth and tomato sauce you use, you might want to add more or less salt. If you’re not sure, refrain from adding any extra salt until the soup is finished.
  • Like a spicier soup? Add in a dash of red pepper flakes or ground cayenne pepper. 
  • Try different tortellini. You can change the soup up with different tortellini varieties including meat stuffed, spinach stuffed, and more. 
  • Don’t overcook the tortellini. Overcooking tortellini can make it mushy. Make sure to have your kale and heavy cream prepped and ready to add immediately after the tortellini is cooked. 
Tortellini soup in a pot

Make-Ahead

  • Refrigerating – Once the soup has cooled to room temperature, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-5 days. It’s important to note that as the soup sits in the fridge, the tortellini tends to absorb the broth. You can remedy this by adding extra broth to the soup as you reheat to thin it out. 
  • Reheating – You can reheat tortellini soup in a saucepan over medium heat or by popping it in the microwave for a couple of minutes until warmed through. 
Tortellini soup served in a bowl

Serve With

In terms of garnishes, this Italian Tortellini Soup is delicious with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil. For a well-rounded lunch or dinner, serve the soup with bread, sandwiches, or a fresh salad.

Italian Creamy Tortellini Soup

5 from 105 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Tortellini soup in pot

Creamy tortellini soup with tender tortellini, fresh kale, and Italian sausage. Tortellini soup is hearty, easy, and made in just 30 minutes.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $12-$16
Keyword: creamy tortellini soup recipe, tortellini soup
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Soup
Calories: 565
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 oz tomato sauce
  • 12 oz refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat a deep heavy pot over medium heat. Add in the Italian sausage and cook it until it turns a light shade of brown.

  2. Add in the diced onion and cook for about 5 minutes until softened. Add pressed garlic and season with 1 tsp salt or to taste.

  3. Add chicken broth and tomato sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes.

  4. Stir in the tortellini and simmer for about 5 minutes. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your tortellini.

  5. Stir in the chopped kale and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until kale is tender. Remove the heat and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Creamy Tortellini Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 1418mg62%
Potassium 587mg17%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1497IU30%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 142mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Michelle
    May 9, 2022

    Delicious! I made it this weekend and it was loved by all. Great flavor…next time I’ll add 1/4 tsp of red chili flakes or Cayenne pepper. Not too much, just a bit. Very good! Even if you didn’t have Tortellini, you could sub a hearty noodle. I highly recommend!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 9, 2022

      Thanks for your recommend and good feedback, Michelle!

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  • Teresa
    April 5, 2022

    Why did the soup look all curdly and seperated after I added the heavy cream. It never mixed together and looked creamy at all. Also seemed greasy!!!:(((

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2022

      Hi Teresa, it’s hard to say what went wrong without being there. Was anything possibly altered or substituted in the recipe?

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  • Pamela Larocque
    March 27, 2022

    Just made this for Sunday supper and my grandkids loved it!!!! Definitely will be making it again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 28, 2022

      Great to hear that the recipe was a hit, Pamela. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Sandra Ruble
    March 26, 2022

    I made this soup and both of my sons stopped by and ate two bowls each! It was delicious. And I forgot to put the cream in. Next time I’ll add the cream LOL.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 26, 2022

      Hi Sandra! Thank you for the 5-star review. I’m so happy you and your sons enjoyed this recipe. Definitely worth making it again with the cream!

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  • Jan Drinkwater
    February 7, 2022

    Hi my favorite chef! This soup was amazing- can’t stop eating it but I did cheat a little- I sautéed thin slices Al Fresco apple flavored sausage links, ran out of chicken broth so added 2 cups beef broth, added par boiled baby carrots, spinach instead of kale and my favorite 1 cup hot water with 1 Tbls Better than boullion- soo good- thank you for this recipe- will be making it often! Even my picky niece LOVED it-you are the best!

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  • Angela
    February 7, 2022

    I’m excited to try this tonight .. has anyone tried putting a Parmesan rind in the broth ?

    And I’ll be using Swiss chard instead of kale

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2022

      Hi Angela, I haven’t tried that but I think that’s alright. If you try this recipe, please share with us how it goes.

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  • Diane
    February 5, 2022

    Of course, cream is the best flavor, but canned evaporated milk works in a pinch and is much less likely to curdle than fresh milk.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 5, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

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  • Joan
    February 2, 2022

    Made this yesterday, it was delicious. I love your recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 2, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Joan!

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  • Sandee
    January 31, 2022

    Made today as noted…was delicious. Another great recipe Natasha. Will definately be in our soup rotation….thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2022

      Hi Sandee, glad to know that you loved this soup! Thanks a lot for the review.

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  • Karen
    January 31, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    Couldn’t wait to try this recipe and made it for lunch today. I used both chicken and beef broth to have the 6 cups. The other change was adding a little bit of diced tomatoes in addition to the sauce, and reduced the amount of heavy cream to 1/4 cup. I love this recipe and it’s so full of flavor. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2022

      You’re most welcome, Karen. Great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Toni Hunter
    January 28, 2022

    Making this delicious soup tonight. I added a few more tortellini and mushrooms to it also. Simply scrumptious. Thank you for this wonderful recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Toni!

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      • Toni Hunter
        January 29, 2022

        in case anyone asks or wants to know if any other vegetables can be added, I did add a whole carton of fresh mushrooms. It added some good flavor. I put the whole bunch of kale in it as well. My 5 year old grandson ate the “green” in it, and said that was the bestest part! 🙂

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 30, 2022

          Hello Toni, thank you for sharing that with us. I’m happy to hear that it worked out well and that your grandson enjoyed it so much too.

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  • Toni Hunter
    January 28, 2022

    Making this delicious soup tonight. Sounds wonderful for a cold night. I am using a bit more tortellini, and also adding some mushrooms. We love mushrooms in this family. Thanks for this easy recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      This is so perfect for a cold night! Enjoy!

      Reply

  • Barbara
    January 17, 2022

    I made this soup last night. Oh yum! It was absolutely delicious! I’d say this is now my favorite soup! Very easy to make. Thank you Natasha. Love your recipes and videos.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 17, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Barbara! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Leslie
    January 12, 2022

    This is a family favorite. I’ve made this twice now and each time it delicious

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2022

      Hi Leslie, that’s awesome! Thanks for the good review.

      Reply

    • Mia
      January 14, 2022

      This looks yummy. Can I substitute dry cheese tortellini and tomato paste for tomato sauce?

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 14, 2022

        Hi Mia, I haven’t tried that myself but I bet that could work! I hope you love it Mia!

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  • Monique
    January 12, 2022

    Looks delish, just wondering though if I could sub regular milk for the cream?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 12, 2022

      Hi Monique you can maybe try using half and half or half whipping cream and half whole milk. I’m not sure how it would turn out if you just use milk.

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  • Ann
    January 3, 2022

    Scrumptous meal for a cold winters night! Simple, easy, delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 3, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • SueB
    December 19, 2021

    Delicious delicious delicious!!!!
    Will now be my go to recipe when I’m craving tortellini soup!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Lovely! I’m glad you found a new favorite recipe!

      Reply

  • Erin R
    November 21, 2021

    Love this soup! Thank you for all your recipes. Please keep them coming!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 21, 2021

      You’re welcome, Erin. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

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  • David B
    November 4, 2021

    Natasha, this recipe is awesome and I will definitely make this recipe again in the future.

    I did double the tortellini to make it heartier for supper. Yum!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 4, 2021

      Hello David, great to hear that you loved the recipe! Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

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  • Val Evans
    November 4, 2021

    Can I add celery and carrots instead of kale? We don’t like kale and spinach.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 4, 2021

      Hi Val! I bet celery or spinach will work here. I haven’t tried it with carrots, but I imagine that may work!

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  • Jaqui
    October 24, 2021

    I just made this and it was amazing! My only complaint is that I wish there was more of the actual soup. Should I add equal parts of all the liquid ingredients to yield more soup? I don’t want my tortellini to get soggy!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 24, 2021

      Hi Jacqui, thank you for your comments and feedback. Maybe you can try adding half of the liquid ingredients first to test?

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  • Mary Maslowski
    October 22, 2021

    Simple and delicious! I substituted spinach for kale (it’s what I had available). Loved it, great flavor. Will definitely make again and again:)

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Mary! I’m glad you enjoyed that!

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  • Ligia
    October 21, 2021

    Looks delicious! If I substitute spinach for the kale, how many cups or oz of spinach should I use?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 21, 2021

      Hi there, you can use the same amount as recommended for kale. Hope you like it!

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  • SVG
    October 21, 2021

    I made this and it was excellent. My family does not eat sausage, so I substituted with cooked ground beef seasoned with typical Italian sausage seasonings (fennel, Italian seasoning, garlic and onion powder, paprika). Turned out very good. Thank you for this recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2021

      I’m so glad to hear the family loved it, SVG! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Anna Marie
    October 20, 2021

    I made this for lunch today, and it is delicious! The flavors are fabulous, and it really is easy to make. I added extra tortellini, so it would be heartier for my son to have before going to work. We both LOVED it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 20, 2021

      I’m so glad you also found this easy, Anna Marie! I’m so happy you both loved it!

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  • Judy Liscio
    October 19, 2021

    I love your recipes, I make them all the time. And your videos are amazing Natasha. Ty for sharing. Judy

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Judy!

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  • Tracy
    October 18, 2021

    Made this tonight and substituted spinach for the kale. It was a hit! Hubby loved it and he normally doesnt like soup.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 19, 2021

      Hi Tracy, great to hear that the recipe was a hit! Love it, thank you for sharing.

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    • TNnurseMom
      October 20, 2021

      My family doesn’t like Italian sausage could I use ground beef or pork instead?

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        October 21, 2021

        Hi there, I think that’s alright. I hope you and your fam will enjoy the recipe!

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  • Ksusha.A
    October 15, 2021

    I made more than one portion right away just by looking at the ingredients it looked almost identical to zuppa toscana, which is my to go easy, quick comfort soup. This soup was even easier to make! I love the little tomato sauce kick and tortellini (from aldi) was so delicious! Didn’t have kale so I used spinach. My husband was very impressed.
    Wonderful recipe!

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  • Vicky Digiglio
    October 10, 2021

    Hi natasha,
    Do you mean tomato puree in the recipe? In Australia tomato sauce is ketchup.

    many thanks

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    • Natasha
      October 10, 2021

      Hi Vicky, I’m not sure how it converts in Australia, but it’s definitely not ketchup. It sounds like it could be tomato puree since we don’t have anything really labeled tomato puree. I hope you love the recipe!

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  • Marilyn
    October 9, 2021

    Making the creamy tortellini soup .can I use chopped spicy instead of kale.??l we don’t care for kale thank you.

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    • Natasha
      October 10, 2021

      HI Marilyn, you could use spinach instead of kale – I think that would work.

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  • sonnchris4
    October 9, 2021

    Delicious!!!!
    This is such a tasty, hearty soup. Easy to follow direction & came together in no time.
    I did substitute kale for spinach bc I had it on hand.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 9, 2021

      Kale sounds good, I’m happy to hear that you loved the recipe!

      Reply

  • Jenean Cox
    October 8, 2021

    I LOVE your recipes! My husband always sends me new recipes to try and this cheese tortellini soup recipe was one of our favorites. I combined 1/2 lb of mild and 1/2 lb of hot Italian sausage and we were very pleased. Thank you!!!

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  • Georgia
    October 3, 2021

    Could you omit the sausage? To make it vegetarian friendly.
    Thanks

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    • Natasha
      October 3, 2021

      Hi Georgia, the sausage does add a lot of great flavor so you’ll have to season to taste.

      Reply

  • David
    October 3, 2021

    You need to stipulate what a “serving size” is (i.e. – cups, ounces, etc) not just arbitrary total servings per recipe

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    • Natasha
      October 3, 2021

      Hi David, we don’t have that capacity with our system currently, but thank you for the suggestion.

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  • Maureen
    October 2, 2021

    Love your recipies.

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  • Kayla
    September 28, 2021

    I made this and it was so yummy! I used beef that I spiced with onion powder, paprika, and fennel seed. I also used spinach instead of kale. Will definitely make it again! Thank you for the inspiration.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 28, 2021

      You’re welcome, Kayla. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Katie
    September 27, 2021

    This was so yummy, everyone in my house loved it and it was so simple to make!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 27, 2021

      That’s so great when the entire family loves what we moms cook! I’m glad to hear this was a hit!

      Reply

  • Liz
    September 26, 2021

    I made this tonight & it was fast, easy & delicious. Kids loved it!
    I added 16 oz of tomato sauce 🥫 & Costco Tortellini are delicious.
    Thank you 😊

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 26, 2021

      Thank you for your good feedback, Liz!

      Reply

  • Gigi Higgins
    September 26, 2021

    Cette soupe est délicieuse, je regardes régulièrement vos recettes, merci !
    Je vis au Québec ( Canada)
    You are the best, thank you !

    Gigi

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 26, 2021

      Thank you so much, Gigi!

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  • Kathy
    September 21, 2021

    Could you omit the cream for a lower fat dish?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 21, 2021

      Hi Kathy, the cream really adds flavor to the recipe but I think you can omit it too but the flavor won’t be the same.

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  • Jenny
    September 21, 2021

    Would spinach be a good substitute for kale? Or other suggestions?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2021

      Hi Jenny, I haven’t tried that myself, but I bet that would work here! I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Lindsay Anderson
    September 21, 2021

    Can you use Spinach instead of kale? Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2021

      Hi Lindsay, I bet that could work in this recipe! I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply

  • Betsy
    September 21, 2021

    Delicious soup! We got our tortellini from Aldi. Although, Trader Joe’s tortellini is definitely delicious! Nice and easy. Perfect with cheesy garlic bread! My kids loved this soup, too!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2021

      I wish we had an Aldi locally! We do have Trader Joe’s, though! I’m so glad you and your kids enjoyed this recipe, Betsy!

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  • Carol Briers
    September 21, 2021

    Can you substitute something else for the kale? That is the only veggie that I can’t tolerate.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2021

      Hi Carol, we love it with kale! Although I haven’t tried this substitution, spinach may work!

      Reply

  • April
    September 21, 2021

    This is one of my all time favorite soups! So perfect for cold weather.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, April! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Joan Mozdzynski
    September 21, 2021

    Such wonderful healthy soups! Thank you

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    • Natasha
      September 21, 2021

      Hi Joan, you are most welcome. I hope you love this tortellini soup.

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    • Victoria
      September 21, 2021

      Would this soup freeze well?

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        September 22, 2021

        Hi Victoria, I haven’t tried freezing this yet to advise.

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  • Eden
    September 21, 2021

    This soup is so good. The flavors are perfect together and I can’t wait to make it again this winter!

    Reply

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