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Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

This is my favorite tortellini soup recipe. It's one of those types of soup that are quick to fix on a busy night and full of healthy, tasty ingredients. It originally called for spicy sausage links, but I've found that turkey sausage, or even ground turkey breast, is just as good. —Tracy Fasnacht, Irwin, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (2 quarts)


  • 3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  • Crumble sausage into a Dutch oven; add onion. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.
  • Add tortellini; return to a boil. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until almost tender, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; add the spinach, basil, pepper and pepper flakes. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted and tortellini are tender. Serve with cheese if desired.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled soup in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth if necessary.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • In Europe, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parmesan are considered the same cheese. But in the U.S., Parmesan is a generic term that may not come from Italy’s Parmigiano-Reggiano region. Using the authentic Italian cheese (in a lesser amount than the original’s ½ cup) ensures a cheesy richness in the makeover with less fat and calories.
  • Using baby spinach saves prep time because you don’t have to remove the tough stems of mature spinach. Some people prefer baby spinach’s tender texture in salads.
  • Check out all of our soup recipes for more great ideas.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/3 cups: 203 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 878mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.


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    • Kathy
      Oct 12, 2020

      Funny thing, I saw this recipe less than 2 days after I saw another very similar recipe on another website.... And it wasn't what I was looking for at all. So I took it as a sign that I should give it a try. The other recipe didn't use any meat, but it had carrots & celery with the onion, and it also used zucchini. I mixed both ecipes

    • Keli
      Sep 21, 2020

      This is a great recipe. We subbed Kielbasa sliced thin for the Turkey sausage-added two cans white navy beans (rinsed and drained well). Low sodium chicken broth. TASTY and AMAZING recipe!!!

    • Brittany
      Sep 19, 2020

      10/10 simple and delicious. I did use hot Italian sausage and celery as well, turned out great! Thank you

    • ralphhenry45
      Aug 16, 2020

      This soup is beyond amazing! It is the best tortellini soup on the planet, prepared exactly as written! WOW!

    • Savanna
      Jul 18, 2020

      This soup is amazing?? my husband and I loved. The second time I made it I left out the tomato's, and used shredded chicken instead of the sausage & mozzarella and chicken tortellini instead of just cheese and it is now one of my top favorite meals..

    • gerrian
      Jul 17, 2020

      This is a great tasting and hearty soup with bursting flavor. I like it with a rustic French bread. My family loves it!

    • mhbouchard
      Apr 25, 2020

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    • zegunism
      Apr 19, 2020

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    • Catherine
      Mar 29, 2020

      This was great. I used spicy Italian sausage and sausage tortellini loved it

    • pippacally
      Mar 12, 2020

      I make this soup often. serve it with rolls and a salad.