Sausage Tortellini Soup

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This ultra creamy and delicious sausage tortellini soup is packed with flavor — Italian sausage, cheese-filled tortellinis, vegetables, and herbs. 30-minutes from start to finish!

Overhead image of a bowl of ready to eat sausage tortellini soup

The toddler has become very fascinated with pictures and cameras the last few months. My phone has about 83,203 pictures of his nose and face, our IPad is out of memory from so many pictures, and he’ll even help me snap a few shots for the blog on my camera.

He’s showed such a consistent interest that I finally bought him his own toy camera. It’s bright blue and actually has a memory card to save the pictures. It also has games on it and plays music.

When he first got it I asked him, “What are you going to take pictures of today?” And he said, “My breakfast.” Haha. Definitely my son.

Image of the italian sausage that goes into this sausage and tortellini soup

When we’re taking pictures together he’ll pause to play a game on his camera and then tell me: “mom, maybe you need to get a new camera because yours is old and doesn’t have cool games OR music.” He also informed me that my black camera is a little boring and would be a lot cooler if it was blue and/or had stickers on it.

He’s completely convinced I need to get a new camera to take these blog pictures. And I’m just worried I’d get distracted playing those super fun games on it…

While the babe was napping, the toddler “helped” me take the video for this recipe. He’s told me it’s the best one he’s ever made thanks to his shiny new blue camera. I haven’t had the heart to tell him that, somehow, his footage didn’t actually make the cut. (You’re welcome.)

Image of the ready to eat soup with a spoon in it from this sausage tortellini soup recipe

Several years ago I shared a creamy chicken tortellini & veggie soup which so many of you have absolutely loved! It’s also a soup my husband requests every single Fall which is kind of a big deal because when we were dating he claimed that he didn’t like soup and it was never filling enough for a full meal.

After 6 years of marriage I’m proud to say he’ll actually request soup…for a MEAL. The boys also beg for tortellini and ravioli so this soup was kind of a win since they scooped those right out of their bowls and ate them. They also love dipping bread in the soup and then not eating the soggy bread…

This soup is so quick and easy to make and sure to be a cold winter staple! Enjoy!
Image of the ready to eat sausage tortellini soup with a spoon in it and a side of baguette


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Sausage Tortellini Soup

5 from 8 votes
This ultra creamy and delicious soup is packed with flavor -- Italian sausage, cheese-filled tortellinis, vegetables, and herbs. 30-minutes from start to finish!
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Sausage Tortellini Soup

5 from 8 votes
This ultra creamy and delicious soup is packed with flavor -- Italian sausage, cheese-filled tortellinis, vegetables, and herbs. 30-minutes from start to finish!
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Sausage Tortellini Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Chelsea


  • 1 pound hot or mild Italian Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 package (16 ounces) cheese tortellini
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 ounces fresh spinach, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 pint (2 cups) half and half or heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to preference
  • Optional: crusty baguette


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook & crumble the sausage until browned. Transfer the cooked sausage to a paper-towel lined plate and dab with another paper towel to get rid of the grease. Set aside.
  • Keeping the pot at medium-high heat, add in the olive oil along with the diced onion, and peeled & diced carrots. Saute, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and saute for one more minute, stirring occasionally. Add in the butter and allow to melt.
  • 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.
  • Add the cooked sausage, Italian seasoning, tortellini**, salt & pepper (to taste, I add about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper), spinach, and half & half or heavy cream to the pot. Stir and then simmer or medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the spinach is wilted and the tortellini is cooked through.
  • Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan and crusty baguette, if desired. 

Recipe Notes

**If you plan on having the leftovers, cook the tortellini separately and add it to individual bowls. Otherwise it will bloat and absorb all the liquid (and become quite "soggy")


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  1. Wondering if you have a favorite Italian sausage that you and your family like? We’ve tried a few and seem to be having bad luck!

  2. 5 stars
    We’ve made this twice and both times it’s a hit!! I make it exactally to the recipe, but add 20 ounces of tortellini ( because I’m too lazy to find a smaller package or use the extra in another dish). It’s delicious and even more so the next day – it almost turns into a creamy pasta dish instead of a soup. We cook the tortellini in the soup, refrigerate with the tortellini in the soup, and reheat all together on the stove or microwave. It’s great for lunch the next day at work or for dinner, too! Thank you for this delicious recipe!!

  3. 5 stars
    Doubled the recipe for a church potluck tonight and it was a hit! Everyone was asking for the recipe. Sending them to your site. Looking forward to trying your other recipes. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    Wow! This soup is so flavourful! My picky husband even loved it. The only change I made was to cut down on the amount of tortellini, just a personal preference. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly as written. I will be making this soup often. It’s so easy and fast to make, and yet elegant. I can see making this for unexpected company!

  5. 5 stars
    I just want you to know that this is hands down my most favorite soup EVER! It is absolutely perfection! My whole family LOVES it and eats it all up (except my one picky child whom we will not further speak about). 😉 I substituted evaporated milk for the half and half because it’s all I had the first time I made it. It was still SO delicious, and I make it that way every time now! I actually made it tonight and added a 6th cup of broth, and it was still amazing! Don’t forget the baguette and parmesan! They are perfect additions to this yummy soup! <3

    I’ll be making it this weekend so I’m wondering if I could replace the spinach with kale and get the same 5 star result you’ve been getting?

    1. Hey!! Absolutely! It’s more about taste preference so if you prefer kale over spinach than I think you will love this recipe even more if you sub in the kale! 🙂 Let me know what you think!

  7. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Made it exactly as written. My 4, 2 and 1 year old gobbled it up and my husband said it was one of his favorites!

  8. 5 stars
    Everyone at the Firehouse loves this soup! I’m going to make a double batch this week, is there anything I should tweak or am I safe doubling all ingredients?

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