Rustic Tortellini Soup with Sausage

Rustic Tortellini Soup with Sausage and vegetables is a hearty, filling soup recipe for a delicious healthy comforting meal! Mix it up using your favorite vegetables and tortellini for something to look forward to on busy weeknights!

Big bowl of soup with a tomato and napkin to the side.

If you’re a fan of tortellini pasta and you haven’t tried tortellini in soup, I highly recommend you give it a go!

Tortellini is pure magic in soup. 

If you’re a lover of chicken noodle soup, minestrone soup, or any soup that includes pasta, just imagine an even more delicious version with little pockets of cheese tortellini exploding flavor into your mouth.

Anywhere a noodle can go, put tortellini. That’s my new motto.

Even people who are ambivalent about soup (my partner included) will find tortellini soup with sausage to be exceptional.

It’s filling and comforting and so enticing because the cheesy tortellini and sausage bring such a powerful punch of flavor.

I use gluten-free cheese tortellini and pre-cooked mild Italian chicken sausage, but you can go with any type of tortellini and sausage you love.

There’s plenty of room for customization in this versatile healthy soup recipe!

Horizontal image of big pot of tortellini soup.

Let’s discuss the simple ingredients for tortellini soup.

Ingredients for Tortellini Soup:

Tortellini: The star ingredient that brings us together today! Choose any brand and type of tortellini you know you love. I use gluten-free fresh cheese tortellini, but any type of refrigerated tortellini will be delicious. You can even go with raviolis if you prefer.

You can find fresh tortellini in a refrigerated section of your grocery store, often near the meat section or dairy section.

Sausage: To make this hearty soup nice and filling for a complete meal, we use pre-cooked Italian sausage links. All we do is slice up the pre-cooked links into bite-sized rounds and we’re off and running!

If you prefer ground sausage rather than sausage links, feel free to swap out the links for one pound of ground sausage. You can cook the sausage while you’re sautéing the onion and celery ribs. While I go with mild sausage, you can absolutely use spicy sausage for a kick of heat!

Avocado Oil or Olive Oil: Used to sauté the vegetables.

Vegetables: Yellow onion, garlic, celery, fresh spinach, fresh tomatoes, and zucchini are the veggies of choice here, making for a rustic soup recipe that includes a nice vitamin infusion.

You can incorporate any of your favorite vegetables here, including carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, yellow squash, butternut squash, etc. Feel free to swap the vine-ripened tomatoes for one 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes.

Chicken Broth: Chicken stock, vegetable broth, or beef broth are all lovely options for the broth portion of the soup. 

For a creamy tortellini soup, reduce the amount of broth to 4 cups and add two cups of heavy cream, half & half, or full-fat canned coconut milk. 

Seasonings: Dried oregano, dried parsley, salt and pepper are the simple seasonings we use to give this soup an infusion of herb flavor. Salt the soup to your personal preference. If you have Italian seasoning on hand, feel free to use it here instead of the oregano and parsley.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • If you’d like, you can sear the sliced sausage in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat to high heat for a few minutes per side, or until both sides are golden-brown. This step is entirely optional. It simply adds a nice textural element to the sausage for a bit of a golden crust. If you do decide to perform this step, you can do so as the soup is cooking to multi-task. 

Sausage seating in a skillet

  • Add 1 (15-ounce) can of white beans, black beans, or kidney beans to the soup if you love beans.
  • Swap the spinach for fresh kale or chard or leave the leafy greens out entirely.
  • Change out any of the fresh vegetables for the ones you prefer.
  • Mix it up by using chicken breasts, chicken thighs, ground turkey, ground beef, or shrimp instead of sausage for the protein portion.
  • If you love tomato soup, feel free to add 3 tablespoons of tomato paste or 1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce. Fire-roasted tomatoes are amazing here too.
  • Add in any fresh herbs you have, such as fresh basil or fresh parsley.
  • For a little heat, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
  • Garlic lovers, add more minced garlic in this sausage tortellini soup!
  • Make it in a crock pot by tossing everything in and cooking on High for 2 hours or Low for 4 hours.

Now that we’re experts on the fresh ingredients list, let’s make a big batch of tortellini soup!

How to Make Tortellini Soup:

In addition to the magnificent taste, the best part about this easy hearty tortellini soup recipe is how easy it is to prepare. We simply sauté some fresh veggies, then toss the rest of the ingredients in the pot for a simple 30-minute meal.

Heat the avocado oil over medium heat in a large pot such as a thick-bottomed stock pot (I use my Dutch oven).

Add the chopped onion, celery, and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and very fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Transfer the zucchini, tomatoes, chicken broth, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper to the pot and stir well. Bring the mixture to a full boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until the zucchini is tender.

Stir in the sliced sausage, tortellini, and baby spinach. Return the soup to a gentle boil and allow it to cook for at least another 5 minutes, or until the sausage and tortellini are heated through and the spinach has wilted.

Serve tortellini soup in big bowls with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy! Garlic bread and cornbread pair nicely with this cheese tortellini soup as well.

Finished tortellini soup in a pot

Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

As is true with many soup recipes, this one is even better the next day! So the next time you’re craving soup, whip this one up to have on hand for days!

close up bowl of soup

The way I see it, an easy tortellini soup recipe like this is perfect for enjoying any night of the week, but also for special occasions. Guaranteed to be a family favorite!

It comes together quickly and simply yet includes such impressive flavor that it is great for entertaining guests as well.

Enjoy this simple soup recipe during the fall and winter season, or anytime the need for soup arises!

close up image of tortellini soup

If you love hearty soup recipes, also try out these reader favorites!

More Healthy Soup Recipes:

  • Hearty Ground Turkey Soup with Vegetables 
  • Creamy Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stew 
  • Instant Pot Lasagna Soup 
  • Ground Beef and Cabbage Soup 
  • Moroccan Chicken Stew 
  • Instant Pot Lamb Stew 
  • Coconut Curry Vegetable Soup 

Put this amazing meal on regular rotation during soup season!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini, chopped
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ¾ tsp sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 (12-oz) package pre-cooked Italian sausage links, sliced*
  • 1 (9-oz) package tortellini**
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Instructions

    1. Heat the avocado oil over medium heat in a large pot such as a thick-bottomed stock pot (I use my Dutch oven). Add the chopped onion, celery, and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and very fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes.

    pot with onion and celery inside.

    2. Transfer the zucchini, tomatoes, chicken broth, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper to the pot and stir well. Bring the mixture to a full boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until the zucchini is tender.

    Soup pot with veggies and herbs.

    3. Stir in the sliced sausage, tortellini, and baby spinach. Return the soup to a gentle boil and allow it to cook for at least another 5 minutes, or until the sausage and tortellini are heated through and the spinach has wilted.

    Pot of soup with spinach and tortellini on top

    4. Serve tortellini soup in big bowls with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!

    Horizontal image of big pot of tortellini soup.

Notes

*Pick your favorite pre-cooked sausage. I love chicken mild Italian sausage for this soup, but any variety of sausage will work. You can also use a 1-pound chub of ground sausage instead of sausage links.

**I use gluten-free cheese tortellini, but you can go with your favorite tortellini. I do recommend sticking with cheese tortellini for the most delicious result.

Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information

Yield 6

Serving Size 1 (of 6)


Amount Per Serving

Calories 358Total Fat 15gCarbohydrates 28gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 21g

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Rustic Tortellini Soup with Sausage