Sausage Tortellini Soup

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!

Sausage Tortellini Soup in a white bowl

a family fav – 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 Sausage Tortellini Soup is a family fav. It’s hearty and delicious! Plus, we have realized that tortellini is the perfect addition to soup (we are also obsessed with our creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup). This recipe has chopped spinach and basil and is so easy to make!

Mixed cheese tortellini packaging

how to make tortellini soup {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.

  1. Add sausage crumbles and garlic to a large pot and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in broth, water and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  3. Add tortellini and cook for 6-7 minutes.
  4. 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

Cheese Tortellini Soup in a white bowl

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:

Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe

4.94 from 29 votes
Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup is hearty, delicious, and full of healthy, tasty ingredients. Best part, it's on the table in no time!!
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 294 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 9.6 oz Sausage Crumbles (1 bag)
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 29 oz chicken broth (2 14.5 oz cans)
  • 20 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 (with parsley flakes)
  • pepper
  • 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

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  1. Hi Kristyn,
    Yes! Love tortellini soup and soup season!!
    Thanks for sharing this easy recipe.
    Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I made this soup today, I couldn’t find sausage crumbles so I used a roll of Italian sausage and I must say this soup was as good if not better tnan I’ve had at restaurants! This recipe is a for sure keeper. Thanks for sharing

  3. My Husband is coming from Paris this weekend and i’m gonna surprise him with the special soups.Thanks for providing the recipe

  4. Making this recipe today. I was hoping to put it in the Crock-Pot to avoid the chaos of dinnertime with littles. I’m using fresh sausage that I’ve cooked already and dry tortellini instead of refrigerated. Do you have any tips for Crock-Pot? Like should I just put it all in at once or wait until 30min prior to dinner to add tortellini and spinach? I’m not confident enough in the kitchen to make the call myself.

    1. I haven’t personally made it in the crockpot. I would just add it all in, since the tortellini is not cooked. Hope it comes out well!! Let me know what you think! Thank you!!

    1. Instead of sausage links, it’s just crumbled up 🙂 Jimmy Dean makes it and I’m sure there are others. You could look for it by bacon. Hope that helps!

  5. 5 stars

    This soup looks amazing, I am going to make it this weekend but I would like to pair it with a side of some kind, like a bread or something crunchy….do you have any suggestions?

  6. 4 stars
    I have made this delicious soup in the past, but I have always thought I was missing something, there are many different kinds of tomatoes in a can, In your opinion which can tomato taste the best.

  7. 5 stars
    The Tortellini Soup looks like another winner. I hope I can find them at my grocery store. I will use the cheese ones and mild Italian sausage, and I think I will add some chopped onion to the soup.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this soup for dinner last night and it was delicious! I added chopped carrots and celery, but otherwise prepared just as listed above. Quick and tasty! Perfect for a cold, rainy October night.

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe has become a staple in my
    Family! My brothers family always requests it when they come over for dinner! Thank you for the recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    my family loved everything about this soup. it had so much flavor & we love tortellini. I had never added it to soup & I will be from now on! It was hearty & so filling!

  11. Hi – just wondering, if Using fresh sausage, how many pounds (or links) would You use in place of the crumbles?

    Can’t wait to trY it!

    1. It is so tasty!! You for sure could use the fresh sausage or links. I am not sure the amount of package off the top of my head, but it probably compares to a smaller package of links. Really, there is no right or wrong for the amount. If you love sausage, add more, if not, you can always add less. Hope that helps!

  12. 5 stars
    This is a classic soup dish in our family. I especially love the tortellini which makes it hearty and very satisfying. If you like the taste of italian food you’ll like the taste of thIs soup.

  13. 5 stars
    I have made this soup so many times and Everyone loves it. It’s perfect for busy weeknights! This is a go-tO recipe for me and i alWays try to keep the ingredients on hand. So yummy with some crusty bread!

      1. 5 stars
        This is the first and only tortellini soup I make. So easy yummy and filling. My family and everyone just loves this delicious soup. I’m Making it tonight it’s suppose to pour down rain the next few days so I’ll be set. Thanks Lil Luna you never disappoint 😘

  14. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I don’t think you mentioned where to add the garlic salt. But I assume it’s with the other seasonings at the end 🙂

  15. Where is the original recipe? This is the same as the other one. You used to have one with carrots and zucchini.

      1. YoU used to have a tortellini sausage soup that had zucchini and carrots in it and chicken broth and tomatoes. Where is that recipe?

  16. Why did you change this recipe? The recipe onCe called for apple cider, ZUCCHINI, carrOts aNd Now thOse inGredients are gone and replaced with spinach.

  17. I’m sure This version of the soup is very good. But what happened to the original one with zucchini and carrots and italian sausage. That was my families favorite!!! I never wrote it down because i had it pinned. HElp!! I need the other version!!

    1. Yes you are right! It was this recipe with no sausage and carrots, zucchini etc. It has changed. It had tortellinis as well so not the same as other sausage soup…

  18. 5 stars
    I made this last year & it was amazing! Its one of mY Hubby’s favorite dinners i make him! I Have even made it for friends they love it! I cook regular sausage & dont use spiNich.. but make garlic bread sticks to dip in the soup! Thx Delicious!!

  19. Hi, my pinterest sausage tortellini recipe that i saved used to link to a recipe of yOurs that i loved. It Had apple cider and squash in it. Can you help me find it? Thanks!

  20. 5 stars
    This is our go to comfort meal or when one of us is sick! We like to add mozzarella pearls at the end instead of Parmesan. So yummy.

  21. 5 stars
    We love this soup! Now that I have a gluten free eater in my home, we are desperately on the hunt for a good gluten free tortellini substitute!

  22. 5 stars
    I made this soup a couple weeks ago with the cheese tortellini from Costco and it was amazing. Definitely will make again.

  23. 5 stars
    It winter time☃️ Always have a pot of soup on the stove and this one did not disappoint !! Great flavor ⭐️

  24. 5 stars
    I love easy crockpot/slow cooker recipes! This one doesn’t disappoint! So yummy and filling and warmed me up on a cold winter night after teaching all day!!

  25. 5 stars
    Easy and so good! Everyone loves the heartiness! I would recommend using the mini tortellini if you plan to freeze or keep for a few days.j

  26. 5 stars
    We love this recipe (Sausage and Tortellini Soup) and have been making it for years! I recently noticed that you have changed the recipe to Spinach instead of Zucchini, along with several other changes. We prefer that recipe, but unfortunately don’t have a copy of it. Can you email me the orginal recipe? Thank you so much!

  27. Would really like the old Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe to come back! It was sooooo good.