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.

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Italian Creamy Tortellini Soup

4.99 from 161 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 servings
  • 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

  • Preheat a deep heavy pot over medium heat. Add in the Italian sausage and cook it until it turns a light shade of brown.
  • 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.
  • Add chicken broth and tomato sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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 Per Serving

565kcal Calories33g Carbs26g Protein37g Fat15g Saturated Fat4g Polyunsaturated Fat14g Monounsaturated Fat106mg Cholesterol1418mg Sodium587mg Potassium3g Fiber4g Sugar1497IU Vitamin A18mg Vitamin C142mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Italian Creamy Tortellini Soup
Amount per Serving
Calories
565
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
37
g
57
%
Saturated Fat
 
15
g
94
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Cholesterol
 
106
mg
35
%
Sodium
 
1418
mg
62
%
Potassium
 
587
mg
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
1497
IU
30
%
Vitamin C
 
18
mg
22
%
Calcium
 
142
mg
14
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: creamy tortellini soup recipe, tortellini soup
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 565

Natalya Drozhzhin

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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Comments

  • Mary
    April 15, 2024

    If I use ground turkey instead of sausage, how should I up the seasoning? Thank you.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 15, 2024

      Hi Mary. I would look up a recipe for an Italian sausage spice blend online and use those types of herbs to create it.

      Reply

  • Kate
    January 4, 2024

    SO delicious!! By far my favorite soup. So simple with so much flavor!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 4, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Kate!

      Reply

  • Kirsten
    December 6, 2023

    This soup is outstanding. It ranks up there with one of the best soups I have ever had. Thank you for the recipe!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 6, 2023

      We love this too! Thank you so much for the feedback!

      Reply

  • Joanne
    November 19, 2023

    Made this soup today. So very good. I used regular sausage as that’s what I had. Will definitely make it again

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 19, 2023

      Great to hear that you enjoyed it, Joanne!

      Reply

  • Hannah
    October 6, 2023

    So good. Making it twice in one week. Hubby and son love it too!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 6, 2023

      That’s wonderful!

      Reply

  • Christine Takacs
    September 11, 2023

    this is fantastic and quick!! I had some chicken thigh meat so I used that and added red pepper flakes. I also used spinach instead of kale as it goes over more w my family. It’s a keeper.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2023

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Christine! Thank you for your lovely review!

      Reply

  • Victoria
    August 22, 2023

    This soup is a family favorite. I use hot Italian sausage for my husbands need for some heat. Thank you for sharing these great recipes!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 22, 2023

      Hi Victoria! That sounds great. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Mark
    April 7, 2023

    great easy recipe and delicious.quick and easy prep. tastes like spent hours tho. declicious!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 7, 2023

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

      Reply

  • Beth
    March 28, 2023

    This soup is really easy to make and it tastes great! I make it all the time. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2023

      You’re very welcome, Beth! I’m so glad you loved the soup.

      Reply

  • Beth
    March 28, 2023

    This soup is really easy to make and it tastes great! I make it all the time. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 28, 2023

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

      Reply

  • Abraham Kolter (Germany)
    March 2, 2023

    Hi,
    this soup was really great. I was surprised about the kale but it was sooo god. I used frozen kale and I prepared it in the IP. I added the frozen kale together with the broth and the tomatoe and cooked it under high pressure for 5 minutes with 10 minutes natural release. After this I added the tortellini and cooked them on sear/sauté and in the end I added the cream.
    Thanks for your great input

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 2, 2023

      You’re so very welcome! Thank you for trying the recipe. I’m glad you loved it. 🙂

      Reply

  • Lorianne Robison
    February 18, 2023

    I made this with the Focaccia. Thank you! Can’t wait to try the chicken marsala.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2023

      You’re going to love the Marsala! I hope you try more and more recipes soon!

      Reply

  • Donna
    February 17, 2023

    I just made this for the second time. We love it. I do use baby spinach instead of kale. You have gotten to be my go to recipe site. Thank you.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 17, 2023

      Hi Donna! Thank you! So glad you find your recipes here. 🙂

      Reply

  • Tracy
    February 14, 2023

    Hi, Natasha! The soup looks amazing! Can I use spinach instead of kale?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 14, 2023

      Hi Tracy, yes, spinach will work well in this recipe.

      Reply

  • DaLee
    February 13, 2023

    Oh my goodness, I just made this and eating it as I write this. This soup is so deliciously good, and with fresh baguette bread drizzled with olive oil, butter and we can’t forget parmigiana cheese . Thank you so much Natasha. By the way my husband calls me Betty burn it, but not tonight he didn’t lol. He raved about this dish and went back for seconds!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2023

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, DaLee! Thank you so much for sharing that great review with me.

      Reply

  • Carrie
    January 13, 2023

    How could I forget to rate this recipe! 5-star all-the -way baby!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 13, 2023

      Thank you, Carrie!

      Reply

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