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Spicy Sausage Soup with Tortellini

This soup is such a family treasure, both my daughters asked for the recipe when they moved out on their own. I cook the tortellini separately, but you can let it plump up in the soup broth, too. —Cynthia Krakowiak, Langhorne, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 pound bulk hot or mild Italian sausage
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted or Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, thinly sliced


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, bring broth to a boil. Carefully drop sausage by heaping teaspoonfuls into boiling broth. Add tortellini, tomatoes and Italian seasoning; return to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until sausage is cooked through and pasta is tender. Stir in spinach until wilted.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 304 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1696mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Cargram
    Oct 10, 2020

    Haven't made this yet, but when I do, I will try to use ingredients that will decrease the amount of sodium in it. 1696 mg is way too much.

  • cynandtom
    Oct 10, 2019

    A quick and easy weeknight soup. I added some fresh thyme that I had on hand. I simply throw in the sprigs and remove at the end, no need to chop. Delicious!

  • dlaltizer
    Feb 3, 2018

    Simple and easy to make. Loved it!

  • Jarvisfamily
    Jan 16, 2018

    I make this soup with hot sausage and chicken tortellini. Makes a delicious dinner to warm you up on a cold day. The leftovers are great for lunch.

  • czartoryp
    Nov 17, 2017

    We enjoyed the soup. I put twice as much tortellini in it, added 1/4 c Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 tsp of garlic salt. It was delicious. I had used Italian sausage that was sweet, next time I would use the spicy one.

  • subiwan
    Dec 20, 2016

    I used 2 cans of tomatoes & added some diced carrots & onion. Substituted kale for the spinach & added some garlic. Sprinkled with parmesan cheese to serve. Easy and delicious!

  • TheDirtMama
    Aug 25, 2015

    Really tasty and simple. Great for a quick dinner. Made it 3 times now!

  • bjsilve0
    May 21, 2015

    Flavor great, easy, fast and freezable.

  • PatLagace
    Jan 27, 2015

    Just add some crusty bread and you have a quick, delicious meal. It really does take only 1/2 hour!

  • Troi
    Jan 19, 2015

    Excellent base. Add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, a little basil. Sprinkle a little parmesan on top as well.