Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

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Italian Sausage Cheese Tortellini Soup on www.twopeasandtheirpod.com An easy and hearty soup recipe!

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. Josh 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 www.twopeasandtheirpod.com 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

Hearty soup with Italian sausage, cheese tortellini, red peppers, and kale. Everyone always requests this recipe!
4.62 from 21 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage rolled into 3/4 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

Instructions

  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.
  4. 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!

Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I make a very similar version of this with the sausage just crumbled – it is actually what is for dinner tonight at my house!

    1. 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:)

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Could I use spinach instead of kale? Also, is there a trick out there to keep spinach or other veggies from browning in the soup the next day? I notice fresh spinach for example does that when I add it to soup.

  6. Really good and easy recipe. I used chicken Italian sausage and added about half of a butternut squash, diced fairly small. I also used the dry version of cheese tortellini. I will make this again!

  7. You read my mind! I was just thinking of a soup like this someone brought to me just after I had my baby and how much I loved it! I will be making this this weekend!

  8. I made the soup last night and it was DELICIOUS. I may have made the Italian sausage kinda big, but it was fine.. I added celery and it was just perfect. Thank you so much!

  9. Oh my goodness – just finished making this and IT IS AMAZING!

    We ended up using 1.4 lbs of spicy sausage from our butcher and I was happy to have a few extra little bites of meatball in my soup.

    This simple, healthy and super easy recipe is being added in to rotation PRONTO!

  10. I made this soup tonight. My family loved it! Thanks for a great recipe that will definitely be repeated in our house!

  11. I thickened the soup by adding a 10 oz. can of tomato sauce & a can of tomato paste + lots of pizza seasoning. Used fresh spinach in place of the kale.
    Will make it many more times. Love your recipes.

  12. I prepared this soup for my vegetarian friends and it was great! I used vegetable stock, added fresh mushrooms (just becuase I like them) and used frozen spinach….and it turned out great! I can’t wait to try it with the Italian meatballs for my family. Thank you so much!

  13. I made this the other night for my boyfriend and his mother and they loved it! Well, I loved it too.
    I used vegetable broth, and instead of 2 cans of diced tomato, I used 1 can of Italian style tomato and about 3 freshly diced tomatoes.
    YUM!

  14. do you have the nutritional information for this? i have just had stomach surgery and am restricted on the amount of fat, sugar etc. but this looks so yummy!

  15. This soup was terrific. I made a big batch of it last week to have around for lunches. It got better each day! My husband even had it cold one day! Will definitely need to make this one again!

  16. This is on the stove right now! My mouth is watering, I can’t wait to serve it! I added some mushrooms as well to make it heartier. I’m just getting over a terrible cold so this soup is just what I need! Thanks for posting!!!

  17. I made this soup over the weekend and it is so, so delicious. I shared some with a coworker today and she raved about how good it was. I’m going to tweek the recipe and leave out the tortelini and add potatoes and carrots. The little sausage balls are so good in this soup and the broth is delicious. This was my very first time using kale and I probably used 2 cups and will use even more next time. It was so very, very good. Thanks!!!

  18. Just made this soup today. I didn’t form the sausage into balls, just crumbled and instead of kale (only because I was too lazy to go to the store) I used fresh spinach leaves. I put mine in the crockpot and it is delish! Thanks for an amazing recipe that I know I will be making often.

  19. I tried this soup for my family today. My family doesn’t like kale so we sub’d spinach. They said it’s a recipe that is worth making again. We also added some bacon as they like bacon and some Redfish seasoning. I didn’t get to try it since I’m doing a cleanse, but they said it was really good! Another keeper!

  20. This soup is awesome! It is defintely hearty enough to be a stand-alone meal. I even got my picky husband to eat kale! And the sausage meatballs added so much flavor. I will definitely be making this again.

  21. Made for lunch today, since it’s freezing here. It was wonderful! Completely in love with this recipe! Now if I could only convince my husband and daughter the diced tomatoes and veggies taste great…never ending battle! This was my first time cooking with kale too. I’m a fan!

  22. I made this last night and it was delicious and filling. I added extra tortellini but won’t do that next time. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  23. I made this soup with a few substitutions using what I had on hand. Turned out really yummy! I used homemade egg noodles instead or tortellini. Garnished with mozerella cheese and didn’t have any kale on hand. So good on this cold night!

  24. You know I’m sorry, but I have to laugh about the repeated insistence that this soup won’t make a manly-man’s testicles fall off or something. It’s MANLY! Don’t let that wimpy colorful kale fool you!

    Just shut up and eat it, guys. 🙂

  25. I have had this pinned forever and finally made it today. So delicious and so filling! I used spicy Italian turkey sausage to make it a little leaner. Yum, I will definitely be making this again.

  26. I have lost track of how many times (including tonight) I have made this, now. I have to tell you, HUGE family favourite (and, clearly, high on the meal planning rotation list). Thank you for such an awesome, easy and healthy recipe! 🙂

  27. Made this tonight, as its a Monday I did not have time to make tiny meatballs so I just cooked the sausage onions and bell peppers together then added in all the other ingredients. We like food pretty spicy, so I added a Serrano chile as well. Really awesome recipe, thank you for sharing.

  28. I have tried tortellini soup before but yours really intrigues me. I like the incorporation of a little spice but will probably down-play the kale as it is mostly for aesthetics. I may try to add something in it’s place.

  29. Made this soup for lunch today and it was delightful! I used a can of rotel instead of the tomatoes and it turned out with just the right amount of spice. I used one bunch of kale but next time will add more since it shrivels up in the soup; it turned out so good I didn’t even need to add the sausage. I will have some leftovers with cooked rice to thicken it up. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  30. Fantastic recipe, thank you! I made some minor substitutions because the grocery I went to sucked (frozen spinach instead of kale, green instead of red peppers), omitted the olive oil and sauteed the vegetables in the same amount of sausage drippings in order to take advantage of the flavor bits stuck to the pan.

    Anyways, I’ve never received as many compliments in my life. The soup was super delicious and hearty. Thanks again!

  31. Made this last night and the family loved it. What’s not to love here? It was delicious. However, because I tend to be too by the book for my own good, I tried to adhere to the 1/4 teaspoon sized ‘meatball’ (that’s half the size of a gumball) and quickly realized that browning and crumbling was a much faster way to get just about same result. But I will say crumbled meat is not as much fun to eat. I would recommend to anyone doing this for the first time; use your own preference for the meatball size. You really can’t mess this recipe up, but rolling a 1lb of ground meat into tiny 1/4 teaspoon sized balls is tedious and unnecessary IMO.

  32. Just made this soup- AWESOME! My entire family loved it (my kids are 3 and 5), and my husband, who rarely thinks that soup on its own can be a meal, said it was a great main course. Will be making this again for us AND for when we have company, since it makes so much. Thanks for an amazing recipe!

  33. That must be a mis-print: , roll into 1/4 tsp size ball”?  Seems like they would be pea sized and not what I see in the pic.   They look  maybe 3/4 of an inch next to the tortellini…  Going to make this soon, thx!

  34. Yum!!! I made this last night and now I’m even eating it for breakfast its so good. I was craving something Kale and I usually make our  family Portuguese version which is basically the same, minus the tortellini and with beans, but I like this addition! 🙂 Thanks!

  35. Yum this soup sounds so good !!  I will be making this weekend as it is supposed to be rainy.  Can Josh share a recipe every Thursday?  I love the MEAT and vegetables.  That would be so much fun!

    1. Most likely it will be fine with spinach, but even if you don’t normally care for kale, try it once- you will not believe how good it tastes in this broth.

  36. AMAZING!! Thank you so much for this recipe. We love love love it. We all had seconds..so addicting.

    So glad I came across your site on a shared post. Happy New Year!!!

  37. I just made this soup. the only difference is that i crumbled the sausage, used a 32 oz. can crushed tomatoes, because I didn’t have diced and used spinach because it’s what I had in the house. Turned out amazing! so easy too!!

  38. This is a great recipe. It’s one of my go-to hearty soup recipes. I do have to say, however, that the first time I made it I wasn’t so happy with how long it took me to prepare. I saw the 10 minute prep without reading the recipe and decided to make it on a weeknight. By the time I made the sausage balls, cut the veggies, measured the ingredients, etc. it was MUCH longer than a 10 minute prep. Luckily it was very tasty and I had a lot of leftovers so it ended up being worth the effort. It dawned on me after that it would be just as good if I took the sausage out of the casing and just browned it like I would any other ground meat. This is what I now do if I make this a weekday meal. I chop the veggies in the morning and the soup is put together in no time at the end of the day. The sausage balls make it extra special though so I still make it that way when I have the time 🙂


  39. This was tasty.. I’m not a pasta soup guy, but boy was this delicious. I skipped the sausage. I just bought the tortellini that had sausage and cheese in it already. I will for sure be making this again. Simple and easy


  40. My partner and I have really loved this recipe. It is filling, easy to make, healthy, and delicious. And it makes really great leftovers.


  41. Husband loves this soup,  I add a 15 oz. can of tomatoe sauce to give the broth more body.  I also add smoked paprika and cumin for more ump.


  42. This soup is DELICIOUS!! I’ve made it multiple times and get asked for the recipe! I use spinach instead of kale. I put a slice of provolone cheese in the bottom of a bowl and then add the hot soup on top!! YUMMY!!


  43. We LOVE this soup! I have made this several times for my family and for guests – everyone raves about it. We use kale – the only way my husband will eat it – and low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth. Topped with shaved parmesan cheese and served with crusty bread, this is just the best soup I’ve ever had (sorry, Mom).


  44. Delicious! Made this for dinner tonight. So simple and quick. The hubby loved it. We will definitely make this again. 


  45. After you add the red pepper and kale but before you add the tortellini do you need to bring it to a boil/or a higher temperature? Or do you add the tortellini and let it come up in temperature together?


  46. Have made this delicious soup many times, everyone that has tried the soup loves it.
    The only additional ingredient that I add is a couple of small pieces of a parmesan rind, which are scooped out before serving.


  47. I made this many times last winter. I use half the sausage and substitute spinach for kale. I use the Rana tortellini and cook them separately so they don;t get mushy, There’s only two of us so this soup goes a long way and is easily freezable. IT is delicious!


  48. the soup was great and easy to make, I substituted spinach for the kale and served with hot agiso cheese bread. Everyone loved it! 


  49. By far the best soup I have ever made.  My husband is a meat and potatoes type of guy (definitely not a soup guy) but even HE enjoys this soup when I make it which is saying a lot!  


  50. I love this soup! I used Costco tortellini, vegetable broth, Italian sausage. I only used 5 cups of vegetable broth. This was fun and easy.

  51. I know it’s been years since this recipe was posted but I still make it several times a year! My favorite soup!

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