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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

4.98 from 38 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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Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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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!

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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!!!

    Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • Maureen
    October 2, 2021

    Love your recipies.

    Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

  • 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!

      Reply

  • 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.

      Reply

    • 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.

        Reply

  • 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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