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!
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.
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!
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!
Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
- 1 lb. Italian Sausage rolled into ¾ 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Have you tried this recipe?
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Pasta in soups is just awesome! We eat soup as our main for dinner usually once a week. SO good. Comfort in a bowl
This looks great. I love loaded soups! What tortellini do you use?
We usually buy the tortellini at Costco in the big packs. You can use fresh or frozen tortellini.
I’ve made this several times. Love it. I use spinach instead of kale. I also add a jar of my favorite tomatoe sauce. I add italian seasonings to the pot as well. Very filling dish!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!
You are welcome!
Your soup looks so amazing! I wish I had some to take to work today! Perfect for lunch!!!!!!
I make a very similar version of this with the sausage just crumbled – it is actually what is for dinner tonight at my house!
I don’t eat beef or pork so will make the meatballs from Italian Hot turkey sausage. Looks yummy!
I love tossing tortellini into soups! This looks beautiful. 🙂
A lovely rustic soup!
How clever of Josh to roll the sausage into balls. This soup looks great.
pass a bowl on over here!
Yum! This looks delicious! Perfect for these cold winter days. Are you vegetarain?
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:)
Looks like such a comforting bowl of soup!
Wow Maria, I’d love to sink my spoon into a deep bowl of this soup!!
I love using tortellini in soup. They make soup a meal (an on-going Seinfeld fueled debate in my house).
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 😉
You don’t even have to taaaaaaayell me twice.
This looks hearty and delicious Maria!
Italian sausage adds so much flavour to soups like this! I am liking the kale in there!
I love one dish meals! And soup is the best when it is cold! This dish looks so delicious!
This looks so good, I’m going to make it tonight. Thank you!
So hearty and beautiful!
Bring on the soup! Looks delicious!
This look so yummy, I love Italian sausage and pasta, so in a soup?! Win, win!! I love your photos too 🙂
This does look like an amazing “man soup” lol. Although I would love a huge ladle of it too! Bring it on 😀
Basically two of my favorite soups combined! I love this one!! 🙂
So excited for this recipe! Will definitely be making for us again 🙂 We loved it!! 🙂
Yay! So glad you liked the soup!
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!
This looks so yummy, Maria!!
I make a soup similar to this that my hubby LOVES. I’m going to have to try our your recipe!
This looks SO comforting and delicious! Perfect one-dish dinner!
This soup sounds so comforting and delicious. I love the addition of kale!
What a delicious looking soup, so hearty and flavorful!
What a comforting bowl of soup!
Nice job, Josh! I love tortellini soup, I can’t wait to make this!
Love hearty soups like this! So flavorful!
MMMmm…I love the addition of sausage. I am a sucker for meatballs, especially little ones in soup – so yummy!
This looks perfectly hearty, Maria! I have some kale around, I think it needs to meet a soup here soon.
I have been thinking about this soup alllll day!! I have tortellini in the fridge. I’m officially on a mission.
Will Josh come over and make soup for us? And you do the cookies. 😉 I’ll clean up!
Can I make it the day before and warm it up in the crockpot for my company the next day?
What a light and delicious weeknight dinner idea! Such beautiful photographs as always too, Maria. 😀
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.
sausage and tortellini soup is one of our all time favorites! Even the girls like it which is always an extra plus at the dinner table.
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.
Such a hearty soup! The kale is really pretty in this soup…just as Josh intended 😉
Delicious and comforting recipe, Josh! Yum 🙂
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!
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!
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!
Glad you liked the soup! Love the celery addition!
This looks so warm and satisfying – the perfect soup to combat the cold in NYC! Can’t wait to try this!
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!
Glad you liked the soup!
I made this soup tonight. My family loved it! Thanks for a great recipe that will definitely be repeated in our house!
I’ve had it on my list to make a meatball and tortellini soup, can’t wait to try this!
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.
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!
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.
Glad you enjoyed the soup!
The chinese mekouai soup also tastes similar to that like of Tortellini Soup.
Just made this and it’s delicious! My 4 year old is gobbling it up as we speak, too. I have tons leftover though – im assuming this is not freezer friendly? Best way to prolong its life?!
mouthwatering ….will definitely try this recipe soon….thanks for sharing it.
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!
We don’t. Sorry!
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!
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!!!
Just made this soup for lunch!! Very easy and very tasty!
I love the “meaty man’s” version! Finally, a soup that fills you up. Did you put any kind of bread with it? If so, what would you recommend?
Made this tonight as dinner didn’t want anything too heavy. Used spinach and cheese tortellini and it was yummers!
Yummy! Thanks for sharing with me!
I’m waiting…everything is in the pot, only wait for the pasta! This smell so good! Only 5 minutes 🙂
This looks perfect for a cold day. Glad you put it up on FB again.
Yum— I can almost smell the aroma! Love a good hearty soup.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
Glad you liked it!
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!
I HAVE TO MAKE THIS!!!!
Made it – loved it! My husband had 3 bowls! (I had 2!) 😀
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.
Spicy and delicious!
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!
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. 🙂
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.
This soup is delicious! Thanks for the recipe, it’s wonderful. :)-
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! 🙂
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.
1/4 t. sized sausage balls??? That is ridiculously small – has to be a misprint!
This soup is awesome – my sausage balls were about the size of a rounded teaspoon!
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.
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!
Great soup and easy to make. Delicious!!!!!
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!
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.
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!
This soup is terrific! I added some red wine, spinach tortellini, and chicken tortellini! Wonderful recipe!
Made this last night and my whole family loved it…even my mom, who is usually a “soup is not a meal” person!
I don’t like Kale, can I use spinach in its place.
I’ve made this many times. It’s amazing! Except I usually add more veggies like zucchini.
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!
Thanks for catching that! I updated the recipe to say 3/4 teaspoon. I hope you like the soup!
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!
Is veg or chicken broth better?
You can use either, whatever you have on hand!
is this a soup that you can freeze?
You can freeze the soup, but the tortellini might break up a little after defrosting and reheating.
Love this soup. Thank you. Love those curls too. Thank you.
Glad you like the soup!!
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!
I would make this using a vegetarian sausage like the morningstar links.
very great thank you
Can I make this soup the night before? Will it be as good?
Yes, it will still be good!
This looks delicious, just like the dinner had during my culinary tour of the Amalfi Coast with Delectable Destinations.
How much is a serving?
I’m looking forward to making this soup. It looks delish.
would have made this tonight if I hadn’t already made an Italian Chicken Soup – hubby is home sick with a cold
That’s not really italian! Shame on you.
I am not crazy about Kale. Would spinach work instead?
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.
Hello. This looks delicious. Can you tell me calorie count per serving?
Can you tell me a calorie count per serving, please? Thank you.
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!!!
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!!
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 🙂
Can this soup be pressure canned ?
I improvised with links and added more spices, delicious!
Super easy. Very filling. My family loved it! Will definitely make again
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
My partner and I have really loved this recipe. It is filling, easy to make, healthy, and delicious. And it makes really great leftovers.
Glad you liked the soup!
I like to addshrooms, what kind would you use?
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.
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!!
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).
Make this regularly. It is a winter favorite! Use spinach instead of kale. We love it!
Made this tonight and it was sooooo good!! I used Italian sausage, spinach and frozen tortellini. Kids even ate it!!
Delicious! Made this for dinner tonight. So simple and quick. The hubby loved it. We will definitely make this again.
awsome!!! making this again right now!!! yummy!!!!
Made it! Love it!
I’ve made it twice. I followed the recipe exactly and my family LOVED it!
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?
You don’t need to boil it, you can add the tortellini. The kale will soften.
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.
Glad you liked it!
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!
the soup was great and easy to make, I substituted spinach for the kale and served with hot agiso cheese bread. Everyone loved it!
Can you use cheese ravioli instead of tortellini?
Fabulous! My boyfriend went crazy! This is the bomb! 5 stars!
Love the recipe!!!! Can you freeze leftovers?
Best soup ever!! I’ve made it several times and sometimes add zucchini..My whole family loves it with crusty bread!!
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!
Made this soup tonight. It was delish. I added extra kale, cuz I omitted the meat. Thanks for this recipe, Maria.
This was absolutely scrumptious!
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.
I know it’s been years since this recipe was posted but I still make it several times a year! My favorite soup!
Have you ever frozen this? I want to put together some freezer meals and wondered if it would work. Looks yummy!
I make this soup all the time! One of my absolute favorite recipes! I add extra red pepper flakes, about two cups extra broth (because I end up with too much stuff and not enough broth at the end), and spicy Italian sausage in place or regular!
Yummers! Family loved this. I plan to add a rind of parmesan to the soup and double the recipe!
Does this need to boil? If so how long?
Love this recipe. I’ve made it several times, but have put a bit of a wild spin on it. Each time I’ve made this, I’ve used a different wild game that I’ve hunted i.e. venison, wild board and elk!
Also, I sub the kale for Italian Parsley!
@CRIS I’ve always let it stew.
I make a soup very similar that is a family favourite my main addition to the soup is dill Pickles cut up in pieces and a can of tomatoes. It is delist
I’ve made this several times, it’s quick and easy and NEVER disappoints. I even won a soup contest with this recipe! It’s become my family’s go to favorite!
Why did you set up this site so no one can save a recipe but just leave it the smart phone or have to write it out? There is no place I can find to save it, that is really screwed, Allie.
You can print the recipe or save it to your favorites. You have to login to save the recipes, once you are logged in you can save and see all of your favorites in one spot.
I have made this recipe several times and it always gets RAVE reviews! I substitute spinach for kale and if I’m rushed, I just slice sausage links into portions which are just about the same size as the individual meatballs. Served with a salad and crusty bread, it is a FEAST!
Crusty bread is always a good idea!
This soup was fantastic!
Enjoyed it so much!
Used spinach instead of kale.
Will use bulk loose Italian sausage next time and maybe try a bit of celery and carrot.
Looking forward to the leftovers.
We love this hearty, delicious soup. My friends enjoy it too ! Thanks for. a wonderful recipe!
Yup, made this dish several times in several “configurations” 🙂
– w/o kale
– with spinach replacing instead of kale
– with kale
All of them where absolutely yummie ! Thank you for sharing, and thanks commenters for their constructive suggestions 🙂 much appreciated !
I love soup almost everyday and night I even eat for breakfast too. That is my weakness. Live off soups.
This a favorite in our family. I was wondering if you could provide nutrition facts.
I’ve been making this recipe for a few years now. We love it. My step dad asks for it all the time and tells all his friends how great this soup is. I do make a few adjustments. I use a whole bag of spinach instead of kale. I also use a 20 oz pack of three cheese tortellini. Also instead of rolling sausage I buy the Johnsonville or any brand of Beddarr with Cheddar smoked sausage. This is already pre-cooked so all I do is cut into pieces and dump into the soup at the end. You can make this whole soup in one pot this way. This makes for a wonderful soup. Thank you for the recipe!