Tortellini, sausage, tomatoes, spinach, basil and more! This Italian Tortellini Soup recipe is so hearty and delicious, and full of healthy, tasty ingredients!! Best of all, it’s ready in less than 20 minutes!
Soup recipes that are quick and ready in under 30 minutes (or better yet, 20) are dinner time essentials. This recipe is one of my go-to’s when I’m in a pinch, but I also love Taco Soup and Chicken and Rice Soup. They’re all really fast and easy to make!
Have you ever had a Tortellini Soup?!
If not, I’m telling you right now to drop everything you’re doing and add it to your weekly menu plan. It is seriously so stinkin’ delicious and with the weather cooling down, it will be a very satisfying soup recipe to try. I absolutely LOVE soup season and am so excited for cooler weather and the holidays.
Today’s Italian Tortellini Soup is a lot like our Sausage Soup. They definitely have their differences though in taste and ingredients. This recipe has chopped spinach and basil. The other recipe has carrots and zucchini. Both taste amazing, but since my whole family loves soup so much, I figured it didn’t hurt to try another delicious recipe using tortellini. ;D
Ready in 20 minutes!
I always use Sausage Crumbles (Jimmy Dean makes them, but I’m sure there are other brands) in this recipe because they’re already fully cooked and it saves me at least 5-7 minutes. It’s so nice to be able to whip up this recipe in a crunch because it seriously takes less than 20 minutes.
Of course, you can definitely substitute the sausage crumbles for fresh sausage if you like! Just cook until it is no longer pink, and then add the garlic for step number 1.
- Add sausage crumbles and garlic to a large pot and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in broth, water and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
- Add tortellini and cook for 6-7 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low and add spinach, basil, salt and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes and serve warm.
Can you leave out the sausage? Of course! We know some of you may be vegetarians, so just omit the sausage and cook the garlic for a minute before adding the broth, water and tomatoes.
Can this be made in the slow cooker? Yes. Just add all your ingredients (MINUS THE SPINACH & TORTELLINI) to the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 hours or on HIGH for 1 hour. Regardless of cook time and setting, add the spinach for the last hour, and the tortellini for the last 15 minutes. Otherwise, they will get soggy/mushy.
Change it up
We like to try the different tortellinis or even different sausages to change up and/or enhance the flavor of this soup. Use a sweet sausage or even a spicy sausage to add more flavor. Or try and use a different tortellini. Here are some of our favorites:
- Three Cheese Tortellini
- Mixed Cheese Tortellini
- Spinach & Cheese Tortellini
- Sweet Italian Sausage Tortellini
Make it a freezer meal!
This tortellini soup makes a great freezer meal. Cook soup according to recipe directions, except do not add the tortellini. Place the soup in an airtight freezer bag or container. Label with contents and date. Store the tortellini in a separate bag. Store both ingredients in the freezer for up to 6 months.
To Use: Heat the thawed or frozen soup in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the Soup is hot add the tortellini and simmer for 12-15 minutes and serve.
Reheating Leftovers? Keep leftover soup in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Microwave: Heat for 30 seconds, stir. Continue to heat in 10 second increments stirring in between.
- Stove top: Heat over medium heat until hot.
If you’re anything like me and are constantly looking for FAST and EASY recipes for crazy weeknights, trust me, you’ll want to try this one! Even my kids liked it, which was great, because there’s a handful of veggies in each serving.
Finish this recipe off with some fresh, shredded Parmesan cheese on top and I promise it’ll be another keeper recipe!
What to serve it with?
For more tortellini recipes, check out:
- Chicken Tortellini Soup
- Tomato Tortellini
- Cheesy Baked Tortellini
- Spinach and Tortellini Salad
- Tortellini Sausage Soup
Sausage and Tortellini Soup Recipe
- 9.6 oz Sausage Crumbles (1 bag)
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 29 oz chicken broth (2 14.5 oz cans)
- 9 oz package refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 14.5 oz diced tomatoes (1 can)
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach chopped
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- shredded parmesan cheese
Add sausage crumbles and garlic to a large pot and cook for 1 minute.
Stir in broth, water and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
Add tortellini and cook for 6-7 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and add spinach, basil, salt and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes and serve warm with shredded Parmesan cheese on top.
I prefer using the fully cooked Sausage Crumbles (Jimmy Dean makes them, but I'm sure there are other brands) for the sake of time and convenience! If you'd rather use fresh sausage, just cook until no longer pink before adding in the garlic and cooking for 1 minute.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.