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Sausage Tortellini Soup

This Sausage Tortellini Soup is the just the thing to serve for dinner on those cold chilly nights when you just need to get dinner on the table!
Sausage Tortellini Soup in soup bowls with spoons.


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When it comes to weeknight dinners, it can be tough to find something that is both delicious and quick to make. But with a little bit of creativity, you can have a delicious soup that satisfies both your taste buds and your busy schedule in no time at all. That’s where this Sausage Tortellini Soup comes in – a simple, hearty soup that’s perfect for a busy weeknight.

Creamy Sausage Tortellini soup is stuffed full of sausage, tortellini, and kale in a creamy soup base. Serve this soup with a fresh loaf of bread, and a salad, and dinner is done, and the whole family is happy!

Dutch oven filled with tortellini soup with a bowl of fresh kale next to it.

Got picky eaters?

You know I don’t like labels like picky eaters but you also know they DO exist!! This tortellini soup recipe will suit them just fine. The kale may be a bit problematic but I usually just chop it finely and add it. If you’re struggling with it add less of it and build it up over time.

A spoonful of sausage tortellini soup.

Or add spinach instead. Soup recipes are a great way to introduce kids to vegetables because they don’t JUST taste them they taste everything together.

What kind of bread goes with this soup?

Use whatever kind of bread you have on hand. If you WANT to make bread here’s a SUPER EASY Simple Peasant Bread recipe with tons of hints on making fresh bread. Perfect for beginners, but really for everyone!

Want to make quick dutch oven bread? I have JUST the recipe for you, it makes a nice crusty bread! Or maybe make these Garlic Knots?? Buttery, herby, garlicky, and so delicious! Or even try making garlic bread with hotdog buns for a quick and easy bread that tastes great.

Ingredients for Sausage Tortellini Soup.

What do You need to make this sausage tortellini soup?

  • Italian sausage (remove casings if needed) can use Hot Italian Sausage if desired
  • diced onion
  • minced garlic
  • basil
  • Italian seasoning
  • ground mustard
  • All-purpose flour
  • chicken broth or chicken stock or homemade bone broth
  • tortellini (refrigerated or frozen)
  • salt
  • half and half
  • chopped kale
  • *optional parmesan cheese to sprinkle over the top
  • 5 quart dutch oven
  • wooden spoon

Yes, you read that right, there are no crushed tomatoes or tomato puree or tomato sauce in this soup. It’s tomato-free soup! it’s a nice change up to this traditional creamy tomato tortellini soup.

You can use any type of pork sausage you like, but Sweet Italian sausage works well here. If you prefer a hot Italian sausage or mild Italian sausage use it! And you can use links OR bulk sausages.

If you don’t have pork sausage or don’t eat pork you can swap it out with homemade sausage or chicken sausage. It will change the final product but hot finished soup is the best kind of soup.

What kind of tortellini

This soup was made with fresh cheese tortellini. But you can use either fresh or frozen. Fresh tortellini from the refrigerator section is so easy to use. And if you can find frozen? Grab some it is so easy to keep and use when dinner time gets desperate.

I like to use frozen because it doesn’t take up any room in my fridge. This soup was made with cheese-filled tortellini but feel free to use tortellini filled with any filling you like. Use chicken, sausage, or spinach tortellini will all work just fine.

If you want to use dry tortellini, found in the dry pasta section of your grocery store. It takes longer to cook than fresh or frozen tortellini. If I were going to use dried I would cook them separately and then add them to the soup at the half-and-half stage.

Change it up!

This Sausage Tortellini Soup is a comforting, hearty meal that’s perfect for dinner or lunch on a chilly day. The broth is warm and savory, and the sausage and tortellini add both flavor and substance. But this soup is also incredibly versatile. You can add vegetables like carrots, celery, and extra onions to make them even more filling. Just add the raw chopped veggies and saute them with sausage and onions.

Serving spoon of tortellini soup.

We also like to add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the soup too. Add it while to soup is simmering so it has a chance to add heat to the soup.

You can also swap out the kale with fresh spinach or fresh baby spinach. Just add it right before you’re about to serve the soup. Sometimes kids like spinach better than kale because it gets softer and melts down in the soup. There’s basically nothing left to chew when it’s in the soup.

Dutch oven of tortellini soup.

Got Leftovers?

You can keep this soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. It’s really tasty the next day, so leftovers are always appreciated. You can also freeze any leftover soup in an airtight freezer container or a freezer bag.

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Sausage Tortellini Soup in soup bowls with spoons.

Sausage Tortellini Soup

5 from 40 votes
This Sausage Tortellini Soup is the just the thing to serve for dinner on those cold chilly nights when you just need to get dinner on the table!
Course: Dinner Recipes, Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 586kcal
Author: Laura
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  • 1 TBSP olive oil only use if using a lower fat sausage like chicken
  • 1 lb Italian sausage remove casings if needed can use Hot Italian Sausage if desired
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth or use chicken stock
  • 12 oz. tortellini refrigerated or frozen
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cups kale chopped and destemmed (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan optional for topping the soup


  • if using it put the oil in the dutch oven, heat over medium heat until it shimmers and add the sausage and onion
  • If not using any oil then just saute sausage and onion as is
    Sausage and onions for tortellini soup.
  • cook together together until sausage is browned and cooked through
  • Drain sausage if needed, leaving 1 tablespoon of grease
  • Add garlic, basil, Italian seasoning, ground mustard, and flour
    Cooked sausage and onions, with flour and seasonings in a dutch oven.
  • Cook, stirring for about 30-60 seconds
    Cooked flour with sausage in a dutch oven.
  • Stir in chicken broth, tortellini, and salt
    Tortellini added to soup in dutch oven.
  • Bring to a simmer, and simmer for about 3 minutes
  • Stir in half and half and kale and continue to simmer an additional 3-5 minutes until kale is wilted and tortellini is done through
    Kale and tortellini added to the diuch oven for sausage tortellini soup.
  • serve with optional parmesan cheese on top


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1745mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2448IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 3mg
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About Laura

Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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