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Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

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We make soup for dinner all of the time. Some like to serve soup as a starter to a meal, but we usually use it as the main course. If you don’t think soup can be a meal all by it’s lonesome, then you haven’t tried Josh’s Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup. This soup has it all-sausage, cheese, pasta, and veggies. You can get your entire meal in one bowl!

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Our Tortellini Vegetable Soup is one of our all-time favorite soups, but one night Josh asked if he could make a “meaty man’s” version. I always love it when Josh volunteers to create a recipe. Ok, sometimes I get controlling and want to take over his recipe, but this time I let him have at it. He adapted our vegetable tortellini soup to include Italian sausage and his favorite veggies.

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Josh rolled Italian sausage into tiny balls and cooked them before adding them to the soup. The mini Italian sausage meatballs were bite size and a great addition to the soup. Joshย also included red peppers, tomatoes, and kale. The kale made the soup pretty. I don’t think Josh added the kale for prettiness since it was a “man’s” soup, but it was a nice touch!

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup on Everyone always asks for this recipe!

Josh’s Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup is hearty, full of flavor, and easy to make. Josh makes it all of the time. We love easy one pot meals at our house.

And if you have a vegetarian in the family, you can make the soup and leave out the sausage until the very end. Josh always ladles up my bowl before he adds in the sausage. I love the soup without the sausage, but Josh and Caleb prefer to add it in. They like to bond over their meaty man soup:)

There is nothing wimpy about this Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup. It makes a great meal, especially on a cold winter’s day!

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Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Hearty soup with Italian sausage, cheese tortellini, red peppers, and kale. Everyone always requests this recipe!


1 lb. Italian Sausage, rolled into 1/4 teaspoon size balls
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped kale
2 cups cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. In a large skillet, brown the mini sausage balls until cooked through. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Drain off the grease and place the sausage balls on a plate lined with paper towels.

2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the red peppers, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes. Cook until peppers are soft, about 3 minutes.

3. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, and kale. Add the cheese tortellini and cook until tortellini is tender, 7-8 minutes. Stir in the fresh basil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the mini sausage balls and heat until warm. Remove the bay leaf and serve.

Note-you can make this soup vegetarian by using vegetable broth and omitting the sausage. Josh always ladles up my bowl first, and then adds the sausage. This soup recipe is very adaptable!

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152 Responses to “Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup”

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  1. Erica — February 25, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    Pasta in soups is just awesome! We eat soup as our main for dinner usually once a week. SO good. Comfort in a bowl

  2. Ngoc — February 25, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    This looks great. I love loaded soups! What tortellini do you use?

    • Two Peas replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

      We usually buy the tortellini at Costco in the big packs. You can use fresh or frozen tortellini.

  3. Your soup looks so amazing! I wish I had some to take to work today! Perfect for lunch!!!!!!

  4. Kim in RI — February 25, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    I make a very similar version of this with the sausage just crumbled – it is actually what is for dinner tonight at my house!

  5. Nana Phyllis — February 25, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    I don’t eat beef or pork so will make the meatballs from Italian Hot turkey sausage. Looks yummy!

  6. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — February 25, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    I love tossing tortellini into soups! This looks beautiful. :)

  7. marla — February 25, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    A lovely rustic soup!

  8. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — February 25, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    How clever of Josh to roll the sausage into balls. This soup looks great.

  9. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 25, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    pass a bowl on over here!

  10. Jenna — February 25, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Yum! This looks delicious! Perfect for these cold winter days. Are you vegetarain?

    • Two Peas replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

      I am, but Josh isn’t. That is why you see mostly vegetarian recipes on our site with some meat recipes mixed in. I am lucky Josh loves veggies too:)

  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 25, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Looks like such a comforting bowl of soup!

  12. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 25, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Wow Maria, I’d love to sink my spoon into a deep bowl of this soup!!

  13. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such — February 25, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I love using tortellini in soup. They make soup a meal (an on-going Seinfeld fueled debate in my house).

  14. Julie @ Table for Two — February 25, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    i LOVE having soup as a meal! jason sometimes doesn’t think it’s filling enough but with the multitude of things you can add into it, like what you did here with the pasta and sausage, i’m sure he can be full ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 25, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    You don’t even have to taaaaaaayell me twice.

  16. HeatherChristo — February 25, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    This looks hearty and delicious Maria!

  17. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — February 25, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Italian sausage adds so much flavour to soups like this! I am liking the kale in there!

  18. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — February 25, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    I love one dish meals! And soup is the best when it is cold! This dish looks so delicious!

  19. Song — February 25, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    This looks so good, I’m going to make it tonight. Thank you!

  20. naomi — February 25, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    So hearty and beautiful!

  21. Jenny Flake — February 25, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Bring on the soup! Looks delicious!

  22. Annie @ Annie's Noms — February 25, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    This look so yummy, I love Italian sausage and pasta, so in a soup?! Win, win!! I love your photos too :)

  23. Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 25, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    This does look like an amazing “man soup” lol. Although I would love a huge ladle of it too! Bring it on ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Sues — February 25, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    Basically two of my favorite soups combined! I love this one!! :)

  25. Amanda — February 25, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    So excited for this recipe! Will definitely be making for us again :) We loved it!! :)

    • Two Peas replied: — February 25th, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

      Yay! So glad you liked the soup!

  26. Blair @ The Seasoned Mom — February 25, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    This looks like a hearty meal! Just this morning, I was saying that I would try to make a tomato-based soup with tortellini or ravioli in it so that I can introduce my little kids to tomato soup. They love chicken noodle soup (especially the noodles) and they love tomato-based sauces, so I’m sure that a tomato soup with some sort of pasta would be perfect. This looks like a winner!

  27. Marian (Sweetopia) — February 25, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    This looks so yummy, Maria!!

  28. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 25, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    I make a soup similar to this that my hubby LOVES. I’m going to have to try our your recipe!

  29. marina ( — February 25, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    This looks SO comforting and delicious! Perfect one-dish dinner!

  30. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — February 25, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    This soup sounds so comforting and delicious. I love the addition of kale!

  31. tracy {pale yellow} — February 25, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    What a delicious looking soup, so hearty and flavorful!

  32. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 25, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    What a comforting bowl of soup!

  33. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 25, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    Nice job, Josh! I love tortellini soup, I can’t wait to make this!

  34. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 25, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    Love hearty soups like this! So flavorful!

  35. MMMmm…I love the addition of sausage. I am a sucker for meatballs, especially little ones in soup – so yummy!

  36. Aimee @ Simple Bites — February 25, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    This looks perfectly hearty, Maria! I have some kale around, I think it needs to meet a soup here soon.

  37. Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 25, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    I have been thinking about this soup alllll day!! I have tortellini in the fridge. I’m officially on a mission.

  38. Amy — February 26, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Will Josh come over and make soup for us? And you do the cookies. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll clean up!

  39. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 26, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    What a light and delicious weeknight dinner idea! Such beautiful photographs as always too, Maria. ๐Ÿ˜€

  40. Kai Ikari — February 26, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I love this so much. This is basically (and exactly) how I make Minestrone/generic Mediterranean soup. ^_^ I think I’ve been inspired to make Ramen today. Sugoi. –Kai.

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