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Holiday Tortellini Soup

Hearty and full of flavor, this Italian-style soup freezes well if you want to make it ahead or have leftovers to save for another day.—Michelle Goggins, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces pancetta or bacon, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (49-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach, rinsed and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pancetta. Cook until crisp. Add onion; cook 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Add cooked tortellini to soup mixture. Stir in crushed tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook just until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 245 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1221mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Amy the Midwife
    Apr 29, 2015

    Everyone enjoyed it on a rainy cold evening with sandwich wraps.

  • Angel182009
    Dec 8, 2013

    This is one of the best soup recipes I've ever made! This will become a regular for our dinners. The things I did differently was use broccoli instead of spinach and I topped it with an italian cheese blend of Mozzarella, Parmesean, Asiago, and Romano instead of just Parmesean. It was delicious!

  • dianera
    Nov 12, 2013

    Made this soup today and truly loved it.

  • lspa
    Dec 6, 2012

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  • kzebarth
    Oct 29, 2012

    Easily the best soup I have every had. We make this ALL the time. I like to add a bit more tortellini though.

  • food4urtummy
    Oct 13, 2012

    my husband is not a soup guy. but this which he calls pizza soup, he has requested it twice in the last two weeks and the first day I made it had three helpings. I added some mushroom and a little bit cauliflower chopped small to it, as well as some sundried tomato seasoning. its GREAT

  • 10sChick
    Apr 13, 2012

    This is the soup that launched me into the world of soup making and I can't believe that I never wrote a review of it!! I've been making it steadily for about 1 year and the family absolutely loves Tortellini Soup night when it comes along about once a month. Excellent flavors and a nice comfort food broth. I can't say enough about this amazing soup. If you buy fresh tortellini like I do -- DO NOT cook it ahead. Throw it in at the end of the cooking process and after just a minute or two, it's all ready to devour. I can't tell you if it's better the next day because it never lasts that long.

  • lkmomma
    Dec 22, 2011

    This soup is very simple to make but my family agrees it tastes like something from an Italian restaurant. It is very flavorful! I do reduce the spinach by about half though and I have made it with trying either crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce . Very yummy.

  • 1275
    Dec 11, 2011

    This tortellini soup is much better than topping cooked tortellini with the traditional spaghetti sauce. I used only 4 cups of chicken broth and used crushed tomatoes instead. You can also use butter instead of olive oil. I also used a 14 oz. package of tortellini which I thought was just the right amount. I left out the spinach as well. It may seem like a rather boring soup with no "substance" except the tortellini, but it was perfect. The chicken and tomatoes flavors blend to make a perfect wintertime comfort food. It it is also amazingly easy and quick!

  • nolookingback
    Nov 22, 2011

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