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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! 
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 8 servings



  • 1 small zucchini, sliced and quartered (1 1/2 cups)
  • 12 oz. refrigerated uncooked cheese tortellini


  • 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.



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.