Sausage Tortellini Soup (Video!)

Sausage Tortellini Soup bursting with juicy Italian Sausage, cheese tortellini and veggies swimming in a rich tomato broth infused with garlic, onions and Italian spices  – all made in one pot and on your table in 35 minutes!

This Sausage Tortellini Soup is the ultimate cravilicous comfort food and couldn’t be any easier!  It can be made on the stove or slow cooker and belongs in your back pocket for all those busy nights or any time you crave something satisfyingly delicious! 

SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SOUP RECIPE VIDEO

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 Sausage Tortellini Soup

With school in full swing, it is time for more one pot, hearty, full of flavor meals that can be on your table with minimal effort – and this Sausage Tortellini Soup exceeds all those requirements  – and then some!

This Sausage Tortellini Soup has been on my soup bucket list for a looooong time and I couldn’t be happier with the slurpful results –  it is positively addicting!  It contains elements of my Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Lasanga Soup and Italian Vegetable Soup, but with cheesy tortellini!   Because if there is one way to make soup even more delicious – it’s cheesy stuffed pasta!

You can customize your Sausage Tortellini Soup with your favorite veggies and as much or as little cheese as your heart desires. You can even sub the Italian sausage for turkey or creamify your soup with heavy cream (see tips and tricks).   No matter how you serve it, this Sausage Tortellini Soup is destined to become a new family favorite for years to come.

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How to Make Sausage Tortellini Soup

Not only is this Sausage Tortellini Soup easy to make, the ratio of deliciousness to effort is astronomical – AKA my kind of dinner.

  1. Heat a large pot/Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add sausage and onions and cook for 3 minutes, while breaking up sausage.
  2. Add carrots, garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté 2 minutes or until meat is cooked through.
  3. Add fire roasted tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, low sodium beef broth, and seasonings.
  4. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Once soup is boiling, stir and reduce the heat slightly to avoid splattering; simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, until the carrots are tender.
  5. Add tortellini and zucchini and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes or until tortellini is tender.
  6. Garnish individual servings with freshly grated Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
  7. Eat!
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Tips and Tricks for Sausage Tortellini Soup

  • You can substitute the Italian sausage for  lean ground beef/turkey. You will want to cook the lean beef/turkey in some olive oil and add additional Italian seasoning to make up for the herbs lost in the sausage.
  • You will want to make sure to use low sodium beef broth and add salt to taste or your soup will be too salty.
  • Take care to use fire roasted tomatoes because of their wonderfully smoky flavor and less acidity.
  • Many crushed tomatoes come with salt and other seasonings so take care to purchase crushed tomatoes with no added salt/seasonings.
  • Use fresh, refrigerated cheese tortellini as it is more fresh and tastes far superior than dried tortellini.
  • Add additional veggies if desired such as cannellini beans, corn, celery, spinach etc.   If you add additional veggies, you will want to add additional broth.
  • The “chunkiness” of a soup is totally personal preference.  For a less chunky soup, simply add additional beef broth.
  • To make a creamy soup, add some heavy cream or half and half towards  the end of cooking (the higher the fat content, the creamier the soup).
  • For a cheesy soup, you can stir in 1/2-1 cup freshly grated Parmesan to melt and/or top bowls of Sausage Tortellini Soup with Parmesan/and or mozzarella.

Can I make Sausage Tortellini Soup in the Slow Cooker?

Yes!  This soup is so easy on the stove top that cooking it in the slow cooker doesn’t necessarily make it easier, but the flavors do get to meld longer which tastes fabulous.

  1.  Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage and onions and brown.
  2. Transfer sausage/onions to slow cooker along with all remaining soup ingredients EXCEPT tortellini and zucchini.
  3. Cook on LOW heat for 6 – 7 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours OR until the carrots are tender.
  4. Once carrots are tender and you are ready to serve your soup, add tortellini and zucchini to the slow cooker and turn the heat to HIGH if it had previously been on low.  Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the tortellini are tender. Take care not to overcook your tortellini because it will continue to cook just by sitting in the hot soup.
  5. NOTE:  Do not add tortellini to the slow cooker if you are not serving immediately to prevent tortellini from becoming soggy.  Instead, turn slow cooker to warm if carrots are tender then turn to high when ready to add tortellini.
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Can I freeze Sausage Tortellini Soup?

I don’t recommend freezing this Sausage Tortellini Soup WITH the tortellini but you can freeze it WITHOUT the tortellini.

Most soups that contain pasta and dairy, (like our tortellini pasta), do not freeze well.  The general rule with pasta is that it continues to absorb liquid when the liquid is in liquid state. Freezing will stall the process a bit but when defrosted and reheated the pasta basically turns into mush.

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How to Freeze Sausage Tortellini Soup

  • MAKE AHEAD:  If you want to freeze this Sausage Tortellini Soup to eat later, then it works great because you can make the soup but DON’T add the tortellini.  Let the soup cool completely then freeze the soup and the tortellini separately.
  • LEFTOVERS:  If you want to make this soup, eat it, and freeze the leftovers, then there are two options.
    • 1)  Use one 9 oz. bag of tortellini (instead of 20 oz.) and add it directly to the soup then gobble up this tortellini in your soup servings before you freeze it (so there is no tortellini left to freeze).  Then simply reheat it with an additional 9 zo. bag of tortellini.
    • 2)  Boil your tortellini separately, add it to individual servings so you can freeze the soup and tortellini separately.

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Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup bursting with juicy Italian Sausage, pillowy, cheese tortellini and veggies swimming in a rich tomato broth infused with garlic, onions and Italian spices  – all made in one pot! This Sausage Tortellini Soup can be made on the stove or slow cooker and belongs in your back pocket for all those busy nights or any time you crave something satisfyingly delicious! 
Servings: 6 8 servings
Total Time: 35 mins
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

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Ingredients

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  • 1 small zucchini, sliced and quartered (1 ½ cups)
  • 12 oz. refrigerated uncooked cheese tortellini

Instructions

  • Heat a large soup pot/Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add sausage and onions and cook for 3 minutes, while breaking up sausage. Add carrots, garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté an additional 2 minutes or until meat is cooked through.
  • Add all remaining soup ingredients EXCEPT tortellini and zucchini.
  • Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Once soup is boiling, uncover, stir and reduce the heat slightly to avoid splattering. Simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
  • Add tortellini and zucchini and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes or until tortellini is tender.
  • Garnish individual servings with freshly grated Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

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Notes

Tips and Tricks

  • *You can substitute the Italian sausage for  lean ground beef/turkey. You will want to cook the lean beef/turkey in some olive oil and add additional Italian seasoning to make up for the herbs lost in the sausage.
  • You will want to make sure to use low sodium beef broth and add salt to taste or your soup will be too salty.
  • Take care to use fire roasted tomatoes because of their wonderfully smoky flavor and less acidity.
  • Many crushed tomatoes come with salt and other seasonings so take care to purchase crushed tomatoes with no added salt/seasonings.
  • Use fresh, refrigerated cheese tortellini as it is more fresh and tastes far superior than dried tortellini.
  • Add additional veggies if desired such as cannellini beans, corn, celery, spinach etc.   If you add additional veggies, you will want to add additional broth.
  • The “chunkiness” of a soup is totally personal preference.  For a less chunky soup, simply add additional beef broth.
  • To make a creamy soup, add some heavy cream, half  and half towards  the end of cooking (the higher the fat content, the creamier the soup).
  • For a cheesy soup, you can stir in 1/2-1 cup freshly grated Parmesan to melt and/or top bowls of Sausage Tortellini Soup with Parmesan/and or mozzarella.

How to Make Sausage Tortellini Soup in the Slow Cooker

Yes!  This soup is so easy on the stove top that cooking it in the slow cooker doesn’t necessarily make it easier, but the flavors do get to meld longer which tastes fabulous.
  1.  Heat a large pot/Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add sausage and onions and brown.
  2. Transfer sausage/onions to slow cooker along with all remaining soup ingredients EXCEPT tortellini and zucchini.
  3. Cook on LOW heat for 6 – 7 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours OR until the carrots are tender.
  4. Once carrots are tender and you are ready to serve your soup, add tortellini and zucchini to the slow cooker and turn the heat to HIGH if it had previously been on low.  Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the tortellini are tender. Take care not to overcook your tortellini because it will continue to cook just by sitting in the hot soup.
  5. NOTE:  Do not add tortellini to the slow cooker if you are not serving immediately to prevent tortellini from becoming soggy.  Instead, turn slow cooker to warm if carrots are tender then turn to high when ready to add tortellini.

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20 Comments

  1. Kelly says

    Your soup recipes are my favorite! I can’t wait to try this one!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Kelly, that means so much to me! I think you’ll love this soup too!

  2. Natalie says

    Thank you for all your amazing recipes Jen! I make at least three of your recipes a week and make your lasagna soup all the time. You have changed the way I see cooking and have gotten me excited about cooking again. This Sausage Tortellini Soup is next on the menu and I know it will be phenomenal!

    • Jen says

      Thank YOU Natalie for your super kind, thoughtful comment! I am honored you make so many of my recipes a week and that they have gotten you excited about cooking again! If you love my Lasagna Soup, you will especially love this Sausage Tortellini Soup too! Thank you, thank you again for taking the time to comment and make my day!

  3. Patrick Harrington says

    Hi Jen
    Paddy here, love marking all your meals! I’m going to make this one tonight, how much tortellini do I put in?
    G_D Bless!
    Paddy

    • Jen says

      Hi Paddy, thanks for your kind words! It is the last ingredient listed – 12 oz. Enjoy!

  4. Paddy says

    so sorry, not sure how I missed that -Paddy

    • Jen says

      No problem! I hope you love the soup!

  5. Paddy says

    OH MY WORD JEN!!!!!!
    Like all of your recipies, ….THIS IS AWESOME!!!!
    You are wonderful!!!! & truly touched by our Lord!!!! I can’t believe how tasty your meals are! Thanku again for markeing all of us look like chefs!!!
    You ARE THE BEST!!!!!!
    -Paddy

    • Jen says

      YOU are the best Paddy! Oh my goodness, I am loving your comment and your enthusiasm – you totally made my week! I’m thrilled you loved this soup so much! xoxox

  6. Angela Anderson says

    Hi, I just made the Italian sausage and
    tortellini soup. I added a small can of
    cannelli beans and 1/2 cup spinach.
    The soup is delicious and hearty.
    Please post more soup recipes.

    Thank you.

    • Jen says

      Hi Angela, I’m so pleased you loved the soup and your additions of cannellini beans and spinach sounds wonderful! I definitely have more soups coming your way (Turkey Chili next week 🙂 ) but in the meantime, check out my soup index: https://carlsbadcravings.com/recipes/recipe-index/soup/ Enjoy!

  7. Anna says

    I was really hoping to make this soup tonight, but I only have regular beef broth, not low sodium. Is there anything I can do to sub or use less or something or should I wait for another night to try it?

    • Jen says

      Hi Anna, I would omit the 1/2 teaspoon salt and start with one cup less beef broth. Before you add the tortellini, taste the soup and either add the one cup beef broth in or add one cup water if it is on the salty side. I hope that helps!

  8. Suz says

    Delicious soup! It was easy to prepare and made an impression. I will be adding this soup to the regular menu. Love how versatile it can be!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Suz! I’m so pleased its a new regular!

  9. Vicky says

    I’ve made so many of your recipes, I’ve lost count!! Everything I make is delicious, easy and did I say DE-licious??? If I am looking for a particular recipe or an idea for a meal I always search your site first to see if it’s there and lots of times the recipe is there or an idea is sparked. 🙂 I’m always excited to see you show up in my inbox and think ‘What did she send me this time?” Like Christmas! lol Thank you, Jen. Blessings to you. 🙂

    • Jen says

      I’m sorry I am just getting to your comment Vicky but THANK YOU for making my day! I am honored you have made so many of my recipes and that you are loving them! Thank you, thank you! xo

  10. Sharon Worley says

    Your site is my go to for recipes. I haven’t tried one yet that we didn’t love. We have instituted Soup Sundays at our house and I try to make a new soup every week. I thought I would try this one, but my family absolutely refuses to eat chunky tomatoes. Do you think this soup would turn out as well if I blend the tomatoes in my food processor first??

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Sharon, I ‘m honored your family is loving my recipes! What a fun new Sunday tradition, love that! Yes, this soup will definitely still be tasty with blended tomatoes, enjoy!

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