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Sausage and Spinach Tortellini Soup

My husband’s grandmother used to make this soup with her own homemade sausage and tortellini. Since the recipe has been passed down, we don’t hand make those ingredients, but this version is almost as good as hers. It's also an excellent way to get the kids to eat spinach!—Joyce Lulewicz, Brunswick, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  • In a small saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Return to a boil. Reduce heat, add spinach and tortellini; cook until tortellini is tender, 7-9 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. If desired, top with crushed red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Facts
1-3/4 cups: 354 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 1360mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • Jo
    Oct 4, 2020

    Just made the soup it is wonderful!! Y husband and I really enjoyed it!! Thank you for sharing !! I doubled it to have left overs! I will for sure make this again!!

  • Bonni
    Sep 30, 2020

    Too salty! I really wanted to like this soup. I love all of the ingredients and used the low-sodium chicken broth. Maybe it was the Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage or the Rana Four-Cheese Tortellini. I just don't know. All I know is that it took salty to a whole new level. If I ever make this again, I will use just a tiny bit of sausage.

  • rnlferrari
    Sep 26, 2020

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  • lpugh9
    May 19, 2020

    This was a very good easy to make soup. I will need to add more water next time because the broth was a little too salty for me even though I used low sodium chicken broth. This is a keeper.

  • Emma Jay
    May 3, 2020

    Way too much sodium!

  • Bugsli
    Nov 14, 2019

    I’ve made this as us and it’s a winner. I have also made it adding celery and carrots if I have on hand. Noticed somebody added cannellini beans. That sounds like a great idea.

  • oreo95
    Oct 19, 2019

    Made recipe exact with the exception of doubled ingredients and used mini ravioli instead of tortellini. Very quick and simply recipe. Will try adding a can of diced tomatoes for color next time.

  • Jane
    Sep 29, 2019

    I have made this recipe using orzo or ditalini pasta in place of the tortellini. Very good for a change. Also adding a can of drained cannelini beans. Adds bulk and taste.

  • Spyrus
    Nov 10, 2013

    Made this soup last week. Lovely. Light, yet filling. It is a winner in my home.

  • fran'scooking
    Feb 27, 2013

    This is an excellent and easy soup recipe. I increased the recipe by using a box of chicken broth, a can of undiluted chicken broth, 3 cups of torn spinach, 3 cups of frozen cheese tortellini and 1 lb of bulk mild Italian sausage. The sausage I bought from the store was seasoned with anise. The aroma of the anise was wonderful and added just the right seasoning to the soup. I married into an Italian family and this recipe is a keeper. I'm only sorry I didn't have any home made stock at the time.