Home > Soups & Stews > Sausage Tortellini Soup Sausage Tortellini Soup September 15, 2020 | 30 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This creamy and flavorful Sausage Tortellini Soup is packed to the brim with delicious ingredients — Italian sausage, cheese-filled tortellini, vegetables, and herbs. Serve this hearty soup with lots of Parmesan cheese and some crusty bread for a filling and comforting meal. Sausage Tortellini Soup This Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup has been one of the most popular soup recipes on this site, so I knew it was in order to create a sausage-filled soup with tortellini. This soup is hearty, filling, and totally delicious. It’s loaded with cheese-filled tortellini, mild (or spicy if you’re feeling it) sausage, veggies, and a creamy flavorful broth. It’s a fairly simple and straightforward soup to make, but below I’ll share my favorite products to use in this soup and my tips to make it as flavorful as possible! (None of the products mentioned in this post are sponsors of this site or post, just personal favorites!) Let’s talk tortellini While really any tortellini works, our favorite readily-available shelf-stable tortellini is Barilla® Artisanal Collection Three-Cheese Tortellini. The tortellini is very good for being shelf-stable and the actual tortellini are quite small– which we love in this Sausage Tortellini Soup. It’s a lot more enjoyable eating soup with small tortellini since they make it into just about every bite without being overwhelming. As for fresh-made tortellini, we love Giovanni Rana’s® Classic Cheese Mini Tortellini. They’re a little trickier to find (depending on your grocery store), but they’re fresh, delicious, and they’re small so they incorporate better into the soup. While full-sized tortellini will work fine, the larger pasta pieces can be a little overwhelming in the soup. And while I adore a good tortelloni, they’re a bit too large for this soup. QUICK TIP Ever wonder what the difference is between tortellini and tortelloni? While the pasta shapes are similar, a big difference is the overall size. Tortelloni are usually double the size of tortellini. Fillings typically vary based on what the pastas are served in (broth versus being served in a butter/herb sauce). Cooking the tortellini separately You can cook the tortellini in the soup, but we prefer to cook it separately. Here are a few of the reasons for that: First, not all tortellini (shelf-stable, frozen, fresh) will cook the same in this soup. If you do want to cook the tortellini in the soup, I’d recommend using frozen tortellini so it can cook in the right amount of time. Next, the tortellini continue to soak up the soup liquid. While the soup is great right after being made, even sitting for 10-15 minutes will result in bloated tortellini. Finally, if there is leftover soup, the tortellini continue to soak up all the soup liquid and becomes even more bloated– resulting in an unpleasant texture. For leftovers, it’s better to store the tortellini separately from the soup. Sausage Tortellini Soup recipe tips Salt the water. Make sure the tortellini are well-salted as they cook; the salt is what seasons them. Along with seasoning the water for the tortellini, don’t forget to taste the soup often and add more seasonings as needed. If the soup tastes bland, it may just need a bit more salt and/or pepper! Thoroughly sauté the veggies. To avoid crunchy onion and carrot bites in the finished soup, make sure to take the time to really soften them at the beginning of the cooking time. They don’t soften much more throughout the rest of the soup-making process. Use a good chicken stock. The stock makes a world of difference for the flavor in this sausage tortellini soup. My personal favorite store-bought stock is Swanson’s® chicken stock. Make sure the flour doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan (scrape the bottom thoroughly with a wooden spoon). If the flour does settle on the bottom, the soup won’t thicken properly. For more heat in this soup, use a spicy Italian sausage and/or add in some crushed red pepper flakes to individual bowls of the soup. As written, with a mild sausage, this soup is not spicy. Sausage Tortellini Soup storage notes Leftover soup can be refrigerated for 3-4 days, but I don’t recommend freezing it because of the dairy and tortellini. The milk solids will separate as the soup thaws, resulting in a grainy texture with a lot of separation. Additionally, cooked tortellini doesn’t freeze and thaw very well. To reheat: Add the Sausage Tortellini Soup to a pot and slowly increase the heat while stirring frequently. Don’t boil the soup or reheat it at a high temperature; this will likely cause the ingredients to separate or even curdle. More Soup Recipes Sausage Potato Soup with sharp Cheddar cheese Sweet Potato Stew made in the slow cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup made in one pot Potato Soup with bacon and sour cream Chicken Pot Pie Soup with puff pastry soup toppers FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Sausage Tortellini Soup 5 from 12 votes - Review this recipe This creamy and flavorful Sausage Tortellini Soup is packed to the brim with delicious ingredients -- Italian sausage, cheese-filled tortellinis, vegetables, and herbs. Serve this hearty soup with lots of Parmesan cheese and some crusty bread for a filling and comforting meal. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Sausage Tortellini Soup 5 from 12 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This creamy and flavorful Sausage Tortellini Soup is packed to the brim with delicious ingredients -- Italian sausage, cheese-filled tortellinis, vegetables, and herbs. Serve this hearty soup with lots of Parmesan cheese and some crusty bread for a filling and comforting meal. Course Main Course, Soup Cuisine Italian Keyword Sausage Tortellini Soup Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 50 minutes Servings 6 servings Calories 621kcal Cost $6.79 Ingredients2 tablespoons olive oil, divided19 ounces (538g) Italian sausage hot or mild1 cup (150g) finely diced yellow onion, (~1 small onion)1 cup (145g) peeled and finely diced large carrots, (~2-3 carrots)2 teaspoons minced garlic (~3-4 cloves)3 tablespoons unsalted butter1/4 cup (33g) all-purpose flour5 cups (1,200g) chicken broth or stock (I recommend Swanson's chicken stock)1 ounce package (12 oz; 340 g) three cheese tortellini (See Note 1)1 and 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning3 ounces (4 cups lightly packed; 100g) fresh baby spinach stems removed and coarsely chopped2 cups (460g) half and half or heavy creamsalt and pepper, to tasteFreshly grated Parmesan cheese, to preferenceOptional: crusty baguette for serving InstructionsTORTELLINI: See Note 2. If you'd prefer to cook the tortellini separately, start it now. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with salt, generously (I add 1 teaspoon to every 4 cups). Add tortellini and cook according to package directions, minus 1 minute. Remove, drain, and run under cold water for 30 seconds.SAUSAGE: In a large pot over medium-high heat, drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and then add in the sausage. Cook and crumble the sausage until browned. Transfer the cooked sausage to a paper-towel-lined plate and dab with another paper towel to blot the grease. Set aside.VEGGIES: Keeping the pot at medium-high heat, add in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil along with the diced onion, and carrots. Season with salt and pepper, (I add 1/4 teaspoon each.) Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and sauté for one more minute, stirring occasionally. Add in the butter and allow to melt.STOCK: Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Slowly add in the chicken broth or stock, whisking to combine. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer and thicken for about 5-8 minutes.FINISHING SOUP: Return the cooked sausage to the pan, along with Italian seasoning, (if using frozen tortellini, add it in here), and salt and pepper (to taste, I add about 1 and 1/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper). Add in the coarsely chopped spinach, and half & half or heavy cream to the pot. Stir and then simmer on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes or until the spinach is wilted (and the tortellini is cooked through, if using frozen).SERVE: Serve immediately with lots of freshly grated Parmesan and a crusty baguette, if desired. If tortellini was cooked separately, add spoonfuls of cooked tortellini to individual bowls. Store tortellini and leftover soup separately to avoid pasta bloating. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: While really any tortellini works, our favorite readily available shelf-stable tortellini is Barilla® Artisanal Collection Three-Cheese Tortellini. As for fresh-made tortellini, we love Giovanni Rana's® Classic Cheese Mini Tortellini. They're a little more tricky to find (depending on your grocery store), but they're fresh, delicious, and small so they incorporate better into the soup. If you'd like to cook the tortellini in the soup (instead of separately), you'll want to get frozen tortellini that cooks in about 3-5 minutes. Note 2: We like to cook the tortellini separately to keep it from getting bloated and in case there are leftovers. (The tortellini continues to absorb liquid and becomes an unpleasant texture when stored.) If you'd like to cook it separately, start by bringing a pot of water to boil and cook it in a separate pot. Ignore instructions for adding the tortellini into the soup to cook and simply add cooked tortellini to individual bowls when serving. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 1547mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8414IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 3mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.