Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

This Tortellini Soup recipe has sweet Italian sausage, fresh cheese tortellini, and leafy green spinach in a rich tomato broth. Finished off with a crispy, cheesy crostini, this is definitely not your run-of-the-mill tomato soup!

Tortellini soup is a delicious meal on its own, but you can pair it with some garlic bread and a big green salad and add a few more guests to dinner.

An overhead image of a pot of tortellini soup plus two serving bowls also full of soup

The Best Tortellini Soup Recipe

I have always been a fan of tomato soup. I love the creaminess, rich tomato flavor, and brightness of the tomatoes. This creamy Tortellini soup highlights that tomato-y goodness while incorporating the savory sausage and tender, cheesy pasta.

A lot of people like to serve soup as part of a meal, typically the first course. But here we savor soup as our main course. It’s got everything you need – meat, veggies, and this one even has yummy, cheesy pasta. It cooks quickly and in just a few steps. Of course, the longer you let it simmer, the better the flavor. Just make sure not to add the tortellini and spinach until just before you’re ready to eat, so they don’t overcook.

I love to sprinkle a little fresh grated Parmesan cheese on top for even more flavor. I love this soup as is, but if you love a creamier soup, stir a cup of heavy cream when you add the tortellini.

Everyone Loves My Tortellini Soup

  • It’s super simple to make in just a few steps and it’s ready in about 40 minutes.
  • It’s like your favorite pasta and sauce in a delicious creamy soup.
  • The spinach, tomatoes, sausage, and pasta together make this soup a complete meal!
A ladle holding a scoop of tortellini tomato soup

What’s in Tortellini Soup?

  • Italian Sausage – You need a pound of ground sausage, which you can buy in a package like other ground meat, or as links and just remove from the casing. I like using a mild Italian sausage.
  • Onion – Chopped white onion adds a nice bite when cooked with the sausage.
  • Garlic – I like lots of garlic with my Italian dishes so I used a whole tablespoon of minced garlic, which is about 3-4 cloves garlic. Feel free to cut it back a little.
  • Crushed Tomatoes – San Marzano are the best tomatoes when it comes to canned varieties.
  • Vegetable Broth – Low sodium Chicken broth or beef broth works too, but will alter the flavor a little bit.
  • Basil – a handful of fresh basil adds a lovely flavor and aroma.
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste.
  • Cheese Tortellini – One small package of refrigerated tortellini. It’s usually found where the lunch meat and cheeses are found. Frozen or dried pasta will also work, you just may need to add cooking time.
  • Fresh Spinach – I used two cups, but you can use as much as you like. Kale is a great substitution.
ingredients for tortellini soup

How to Make Tortellini Soup

Be sure to check the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions.

I love when I can whip up a super hearty and delicious soup that requires very minimal effort and is ready in less than an hour. Makes me feel good about feeding my family something delicious and comforting, and that has some veggies too.

  1. Cook the Italian sausage. In a large stock pot or dutch oven heat some a small amount of olive oil. Saute some chopped onions and add them to the pot. Saute for a few minutes then add a pound of Italian Sausage and some minced garlic. I use mild but you could use spicy if your family likes that. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink. Sometime I’ll add some Italian seasoning or a bay leaf for more flavor.
  2. Make the soup base. Add a large can of crushed tomatoes, vegetable or chicken stock, fresh basil and a bit of salt. I like to add a pinch of sugar to combat the acidic tomatoes as well, but that’s a personal choice. Bring the soup to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Cook the tortellini. Add tortellini to the pot and cook for a few of minutes before adding the spinach. The pasta will cook fairly quickly, as will the spinach so don’t overcook and become mushy.
  4. Add spinach. Add the spinach, cover and turn off the heat. The spinach wilts rather quickly and then you can serve the soup.
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Serving Suggestion: Top your soup with a cheesy crispy crouton!

  • Slice up a french baguette, butter it and grill in a hot skillet.
  • Top with parmesan cheese and as the bottom side cooks, the cheese will melt.
  • Transfer to a plate and add a piece to each bowl when serving, so it can soak up all the tomato goodness.
An overhead shot of tomato tortellini soup with sausage

FAQs

Can I use frozen tortellini?

 I get asked this question a lot. The answer is yes you can, but you will need to adjust the cooking time based on the package instructions.

Can you freeze this soup?

Yes, you can freeze this soup before adding the tortellini. Soups in general freeze really well but those with pasta in them do not. The pasta tends to get very mushy as it thaws so I do not recommend freezing it.

Can you double the recipe?

Sure! You’ll want to make sure you have a 7-quart pot so it’s big enough to hold the soup.

Tortellini Soup Tips and Tricks

  • We don’t like Italian Sausage. That’s totally fine! You can use ground beef, ground chicken, or no meat at all.
  • We don’t like spinach. Leave it out! You do not need to add the spinach to the soup if your family doesn’t like it. Likewise, if you love spinach, you could add as much as you like. Some will pour in a whole big bag from the produce department! You could also use kale.
  • Add some heat: For a spicier soup, use spicy Italian sausage and add half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
  • Add more veggies: When you saute the onions, add some carrots and celery too.

How to Store Leftovers

Storage: Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop over low heat. Keep in mind that the tortellini may continue to absorb the liquid and become slightly mushy when reheated.

If you plan to have a lot of leftovers I recommend cooking the tortellini separately and just adding a little to each bowl. Store it in a separate container and reheat in the soup.

Freezing: Freeze the tomato soup with the sausage in a freezer bag or other freezer container for up to 3 months, then add fresh tortellini when you cook it. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in a pot on the stove.

Reheating: For best results, reheat in a saucepan on the stove. You can also reheat in the microwave.

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A bowl of soup with tomato broth, tortellini, spinach, cheese and parsley. A small piece on bread on top. Image created for social media.

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Tortellini Soup recipe has Italian sausage, cheese tortellini and leafy green spinach in a tomato broth. It's a perfect cozy weeknight soup.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 534kcal

Ingredients
  

Soup

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced onion about ½ medium sized onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth chicken works too
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 9 ounces refrigerated tortellini
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach

Crostini

  • 6 Baguette slices (about ⅓ of a baguette)
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Freshly shredded Parmesan Cheese

Instructions
 

Soup

  • Heat a large, heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Heat vegetable oil and add diced onion. Saute until onions are beginning to softed; 3-4 minutes
  • Crumble Italian Sausage and garlic with the onion. Cook until sausage is no longer pink; about 4-5 minutes. Drain any excess grease.
  • Stir in crushed tomatoes, vegetable (or chicken) broth, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Add tortellini and spinach and simmer for about 5-10 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  • Garnish with shredded Parmesan and serve with a cheesy crostini crouton.

Crostini

  • Slice baguette into ½ inch thick slices. Butter one side and place butter side down in a hot skillet until golden brown. Flip bread slices over and sprinkle with Parmesan while the other side gets golden brown. Transfer to a plate and immediately cover loosely with foil if cheese has not completely melted.

Notes

For a creamier soup, add a half cup of Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 22gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1654mgPotassium: 669mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1651IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 165mgIron: 4mg
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  1. I’m sorry but I thought this was very bland. I’m not a good enough cook to know what it needed. I think the crushed tomato made it blah. I added grated parm, kosher salt, and crushed red pepper flakes but could not give it the flavor it needed. Next time no tomatoes and straight chicken broth or stock.

  2. This is my first food review. But I have to tell you that this recipe is a real favorite!!! My daughter who is in college asked me to send her this recipe. She makes it regularly…and she isn’t into cooking. It’s easy and wonderful for leftovers. It’s my go to recipe for taking to friends and neighbors when somebody needs a meal. (I add a can of white beans and some zucchini but it’s perfect on its own!)

  3. I do not know when this recipe was first posted but I made it for my two sons while they were in high school playing sports. They graduated in 2019 and 2021, respectively. This is their favorite home cooked meal. When they come home from college, this is first thing they ask to be on the menu. Thank you for posting all those years ago.

  4. This is the best soup ever! A friend served it at a luncheon and we all loved it. She gave out the recipe and I made it the next day and have been making it over and over!!!

  5. Excellent! I did add tomato paste because I like a more robust tomato presence. Also a splash of basalmic vinegar. So good!!!

  6. One of my favorite soups! I avoid dairy so I love that this is not a cream based soup. The only change I make is to cook the tortellini al dente separate from the soup. I allow everyone to decide how many tortellini to add to their hot soup, but more importantly, the leftovers are much better. I put the tortellini in a plastic bag in the fridge and they do not get soggy from sitting in the soup over the next few days after serving.

  7. This is an easy to fix, great recipe. We really enjoy it. I have made this several times, and am so glad to have discovered your site. Thank you for sending great uncomplicated recipes to me.

  8. This soup is delicious! Very easy to make & leftovers keep well & freeze also. I only cook for one now so the fact it keeps well is great!
    Thank you!

  9. i have made this close to 20 times & everyone i make it for LOVES IT!

    i’m making it this week & accidentally got tortellini from the shelf instead of refrigerated tortellini… do i make the soup as normal? should i cook the pasta before hand?

  10. I have made this soup a few times. So quick and easy to make. This time I used 1 14 oz crushed tomatoes & 1 14 oz fire roasted tomatoes. A little spicy but delish!!

  11. I made this soup last night and I LOVE IT! Everything is perfect about this recipe. The only modification that I made was that I used Chicken sweet Italian Sausage instead of pork. I highly recommend this soup! 2 thumbs up.

  12. Perfect comfort recipe! Flavorful, filling, and so easy! I used spicy Italian sausage and it kicked up the flavor. I’ll definitely make this again m.

  13. This recipe is delicious and always a favorite of mine! I use Italian and spicy sausage and an entire bag of spinach. Added some green onions this time and way more garlic (because I am a garlic addict) A definite go to I the winner her months!

  14. Family favorite! A great weeknight meal that’s easy to put together, hearty and warming on a cold night. We love it.

    1. Hi Nicole, you should get 5-6 servings. I don’t usually say what the serving “size” is because all of the information offered here is approximate and depends on who is eating. But, when I make this, we usually do about a ladle and a half per person.

  15. I love this soup, but my husband doesn’t do soup for dinner due to the liquid content (too many overnight trips to the bathroom) so I figured out how to improvise. I added cubed zucchini and sliced mini sweet peppers and used a can of diced tomatoes and less broth. He loved it and he gets his on a plate with a fork and mine is in a bowl with a fork AND spoon. We both get what we want and enjoy the amazing flavor. Yummy

  16. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve used this recipe. Whenever I mention I am going to cook this for dinner, my boyfriend does not hesistate to do the grocery shopping. I add in a whole bag of spinach for a larger serving of veggies, throw the crostinis under the broiler for a couple minutes to really get the cheese nice and melty. TIP: Ruffino Chianti is under $10 a bottle and pairs perfectly with this dish. Cheers 🙂

  17. I have been making this soup for years, and I am just now writing a review. It is our family’s favorite soup and a staple in our home. It is also my go-to recipe to bring friends & family in need of a meal. Absolutely wonderful and comforting.

  18. Just came here to say I’ve been making this soup regularly for years. It’s one of our favorites, husband requests it monthly probably. So so good!

  19. Someone brought this to a potluck at work years ago and it’s been a regular recipe for me ever since. So easy and INCREDIBLY delicious. Thank you!

  20. Love e erything in this recipe. But have a quick question, could I possibly use Orzo in this recipe?

    Thanks, Janet

  21. This soup is so delicious and easy to make. I had to make it 2 nights in a row the first time because my family loved it so much! What’s nice is you can personalize it with your sausage and tortellini but the mild Italian sausage is so sweet and good!

  22. I’ve made this multiple times for special events and each time it was a winner! And it looks as delicious as it tastes. Thank you so much for sharing it!! 🙂

  23. This soup has been one of my “go to” recipes. Its so good and easy preparation. We truly love it.

  24. I LOVE this soup and make it all year! I love doubling the recipe and using sweet and hot Italian sausage. I just might try adding in other veggies as seen in some of the other reviews.

    1. Hi Kristal, love the idea about doubling up on the sweet and hot Italian sausage. Thank you so much for stopping
      by.

  25. So delicious! I added more spinach and used some hot red pepper flakes since I used sweet sausage. Thank you! This will be a fave in our home!

  26. I meant to say I used Ro Tel Mild diced tomatoes and green chilies in place of the CRUSHED tomatoes. Thank you!

  27. This is an excellent soup! I didn’t have diced tomatoes so I used Ro Tel mild diced tomatoes and Green Chilies. Gave the soup a little bite. Also, I didn’t have tortellini so I used De Cecco Orecchiette. I soaked and drained the noodles 2xs to take a lot of the starch out and so the noodles didn’t make the soup thick. The next time I make it I will purchase the ingredients that are used exactly in the soup. Excellent! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  28. I made this for the second time Saturday night and it has easily become a family favorite! I used spicy Italian sausage and the whole bag of spinach plus a zucchini and bell pepper. Gave some to my daughter last night to take to work for lunch. She said Ma, this soup is awesome and I love the kick! Thanks for a great recipe!

  29. I love this recipe, my BFF in TX told me about this recipe. It’s a new favorite of mine. The icing on the cake so to speak is the simplicity of the recipe.

  30. I used a can of diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil, added a can of cannoli beans. A great tasting soup that you can make fast.

    1. This needs to serve a large group AND have left overs! How does the recipe need to change to do so???

          1. A cup sounds kind of small to me. We usually do about 2 ladle fulls per person. Maybe a cup and a half.

  31. Cooked it for my wife today.
    I like giving her a break on a long day.
    The soup turned out really great.
    Another dish to add to my file.

  32. Cooked it for my wife today.
    I like giving her a break on a long day.
    The soup turned out really great.
    Another dish to add to my file.

  33. This is our family’s favorite soup! We call it tortaweenie soup as our granddaughter couldn’t pronounce it and the name stuck. I just introduced my 91 year old mother to it and now you have another fan.

  34. I forgot to buy spinach, but still made the soup anyways for dinner and it came out amazing!! This is a great soup for a cold January night!

  35. I am sooo glad I found this recipe. I used
    To fix it quite a bit but I lost my recipe. This is one of the best soups I have ever fixed and so easy! Thank you♥️

  36. I loved this soup, and will be making it for the second time. I couldn’t find fresh basil, so I used dried. I used chicken broth, and since I also love spinach, I used the whole bag. I make a lot of soups, and this one will definitely be in the rotation.

  37. FANTASTIC! I don’t know why this soup is so good but it is. I added a little heavy cream.
    Can it b made in an instant pot? Cook how long?
    Thank you for your site.

    1. Yes. Use the saute function to cook the sausage and onions. Add a small amount of the broth to deglaze then add the rest of the chicken broth and the tomatoes and seasonings and cook for 5-10 minutes. Release then bring to a boil and add the tortellini until cooked, then stir in the spinach.

    2. Brown sausage in instant pot then season and throw in spinach, tomatoes, tortellini, and chicken stock then cook for 20 minutes. When done add heavy whipping cream and Parmigian cheese and enjoy

  38. Came out absolutely delicious! My husband and I both loved it! This will definitely become a regular of ours. I was wondering though, how would it be to maybe add a little heavy cream or milk to it to try a creamier version? Or would that be too much? Just curious on maybe switching it up a bit 🙂

  39. My friend made this last night for dinner. I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of pasta and tomato sauce. But this soup was phenomenal!! I plan on making this and I’m sure it will become a regular item on my family’s menu!

    1. The pasta can get a little mushy, but it will freeze ok. If possible, freeze the soup without the tortellini, then add fresh when you reheat it.

      1. Thank you

        I am making this delicious soup for the 2nd time tonight.
        But I don’t have any chicken or vegetable broth. By any chance will it taste ok with beef broth?

        1. Hi Jennifer, I haven’t made this with beef broth. While it wouldn’t be my first choice, I do think it would taste ok.

  40. Really really really good soup. My co-workers comment all the time about how good the lunchroom smells when I heat it at work.

  41. My husband and I loved this soup. I used chicken broth and it turned out great. I love tomato basil soup and this reminded me of it.

  42. I have come back to this recipe over and over and over. My husband and I love it. It was time I finally left a review. 🙂 so so good.

  43. Made this soup for the first time tonight. So good! It’s a hit at my house, and I’ll definitely be making it again!

  44. We LOVE this soup. Make it all the time. It’s fast easy and so delicious! One of our favorite winter dishes.

  45. LOVE LOVE this soup! It’s so hearty and tasty! FRESH is the best! The flavor is amazing! Made again yesterday. I’ve made many times! It’s my favorite!

  46. Love love this soup!! Made it many times!! So good! Having it tonight for dinner. Everyone I have made it for loves it!!

  47. I have made this soup many times and it is delicious! It is my go to soup when I have company, especially in the winter, and my family loves it too. I prefer it with vegetable broth and have made it with fresh tortellini and dry tortellini.

    1. I have not tried with beef broth. I don’t think I’d like the strong taste with the tortellini.

      Yes, cheese tortellini.

  48. Thank you Kristin for this recipe!
    This delicious soup will permanently appear in my home menu.

  49. This soup was so easy and delicious. The only ingredient changed was I added a pound of loose hot sausage. Will be making again. Thanks!

  50. I totally love this recipe. It has become one of my go to favorites and I make it at least once a month.

  51. Thank you for such a lovely recipe. Served it up to my family at lunch with the parmesan toast and was thoroughly enjoyed!

  52. This was good as-is but upon tasting the broth it needed more seasoning for us. I added 1t Italian seasoning and 1t dried basil along with 3T sugar, salt and a good shake of red pepper flake. I also added a medium pour of heavy cream after it was off the heat. I took the advice and cooked the tortellini separately and put it all together in the bowl. Topped with parm and fresh basil. Fantastic! Thanks for the idea!!!

  53. This recipe is fantastic! Super easy to make, and gave me some leftovers I’m actually looking forward to eating.

    1. Let the sour cream sit out while you make the soup so it’s not really cold when you mix it in with the hot soup. You would add that at the end.

  54. My son’s mother in law introduced me to this soup and I liked it so much I looked for a recipe. This one sounded like what I wanted and it surpassed all expectations.

    It is now our favorite soup.

  55. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this recipe! I cooked it for my family and extended family–all 12 of us loved it!! I paired it with a nice spinach salad and french bread. The flavor was amazing and felt like I was dining at a nice Italian restaurant. Definitely will be adding to our “family faves” list.
    🙂

    1. If you thaw it and squeeze out all the liquid, yes it could. However, fresh will provide the best texture.

  56. This is delicious! Everyone loved it! The day after I made it, my husband asked me how I made the broth and was surprised how simple it was. Definitely adding to my favourites!

  57. Made this on Christmas eve to go along with my Rustic Italian dinner. Everyone raved about it! Very good soup!

  58. We’ve made this several times; super easy, super good. We’ve used beef tortellini as well as cheese, both were great. Don’t skip the fresh basil!

  59. Made this tonight and it was easy and tasted fantastic! I had frozen spinach and frozen tortellini and it worked perfect. Thanks for sharing this!

  60. Fantastic recipe! The only change I made is instead of crushed tomatoes I used one 14oz can of diced, fire roasted tomatoes and a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic.

  61. Wonderful soup. I used hot sausage (makes very spicy) and changed broth to beef broth. It was to die for. I’m making again this week and splitting mild and spicy Sausage so my daughter will enjoy. The cheesy bread and the finishing touch to an excellent recipe.

  62. Kristin our family loves this soup! It is easy enough for my daughters to make in their college apartment kitchens and wow their friends. My husband and I have made it for guests and it it beautiful and a crowd pleasr. Thank you!

    1. Mine doesn’t either! In this case the best option is to puree the canned tomatoes before adding to the soup. Tomato sauce is different and doesn’t have that same fresh taste that the crushed tomatoes will, but you could go that route for simplicity

  63. Can the dried tortellini be used in place of the refrigerated version? If so do any changes need to be made? This sounds delicious!

  64. So easy to fix and delicious. I used mild ground Italian sausage and cheese filled tortellini. Good the first day and even better the next.

  65. My family loved this! I doubled so we can do leftovers tomorrow. I think the added sour cream is a must. Used whole, organic for a creamy finish.

  66. We love this soup! It is so hearty and delicious! I’m wondering about canning this without the tortellini. I’d love to hear if anyone has tried that. It’s already very easy to make but love the idea for food storage. Thanks. 🙂

  67. Have been making this recipe for over a year! We love it! I have perfected it for my family. We love lots of sausage and tortellini and added mushrooms. Yum. Wanted to finally leave a comment and rating. 🙂

  68. Wish I could post an image of my beautiful bread! This is the second time I made it, and this time I made a double loaf because it was gone so fast last time! And I have NEVER attempted homemade bread before. This is so easy! Next time I might roast some garlic and mix it into the dough. The possibilities are endless! Also, if you make a double loaf, you don’t need to extend the baking time, surprisingly. I watched it to make sure but nope, I did 30 min with the lid on and 15 with it off. Turned out amazing!

  69. I freaking love this soup. I’ve been making this for years. I made it when my sister had her baby almost four years ago and a few times when I was on maternity leave myself. A perfect comfort food. And so easy! Love love love. Every sing time. ❤️

  70. This is an easy and delicious recipe! I made garlic Parmesan herb toast with the bread. It was most delicious and colorful! My family loved it!Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us.?

  71. I made this recipe last night & it was delicious! My husband hates when I make soup for dinner, but he liked this so much that he asked to take the leftovers for lunch today!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  72. This soup is amazing, absolutely one of my first go-to soups when the weather starts to get cool!! I always add carrots, celery, and sometimes, asparagus and/or peppers. I’m a complete glutton and burn my mouth every time because I just CANT WAIT for it to cool!! I use hot Italian sausage and it’s seasoned so good that I don’t add any other spices!! Thank you!!! Don

  73. This was AMAZING! Made this for my husband and son, substituted 2 cans Rotel instead of the tomatoes and this was one of the best recipes I’ve made! Will definitely be added to our dinner rotation! Thanks for sharing!!

  74. A friend served me this soup and I loved it! She gave me the recipe and now it’s a family favorite!
    So easy and delicious! Thank you.

  75. My daughter in law made this when I came to visit and it was so good. She gave me the recipe and I am making it today. I love it. Thanks for sharing it.

  76. Love this recipe! Perfect for fall evenings! Just curious, does the nutritional info include the cheese baguette or just soup? And what is considered a serving size. Thanks so much!!

    1. I usually consider 1-2 ladlefuls a servings, but it’s really a personal preference. The nutritional information is based on getting the pot divided by 6 servings. Yes, the crostini is included in the nutritional information.

  77. This recipe is so quick and delicious. I love soups and enjoy finding quick meals, such as this. I used a whole bag of spinach and it’s perfect. Thank you for sharing your creativity in the kitchen ??

    1. The flavor profile is different. You might want to add a little more italian seasoning and some red pepper flakes, and some fennel seeds if you have it. But it could work.

  78. I absolutely love this recipe! I’ve made it many times, especially when I have last minute company. Everyone loves it when I make it. The kids in my boyfriends family are extremely picky yet they tear this up and easily clean their bowels. I totally recommend this!

  79. I make this soup probably once a month. We absolutely love it. Does anyone out there have any insight on how I could make this in my instant pot?

    1. I need to try this in the Instant Pot! I would think you could brown the sausage on the saute function, then add the soup ingredients.

      1. Was thinking the same thing, just not sure about times and how it would handle the tortellini. Nonetheless, I’ll keep making it even without the IP!

        1. Just made this in my instant pot! Perfect one pot meal!!! Sautéed the sausage and onion and pressure cooked on medium for 30 mins! Delish – thank you!!!!

    1. We are working to update the recipes on this site with nutritional information. It’s a lengthy process that takes some time, but we hope to have it soon.

  80. Great to read about you Kristin – you sound like an amazing woman. I want to comment on your Tortellini soup with Italian Sausage and Spinch. It is a staple in our house and we love it. Even my husband who “doesn’t like” soup! He calls this dish pasta!

  81. A family favorite of ours! Even our twin 5 year olds and 2 year old loves it! We’ve made it several times and get asked for the recipe every time. Thank you!!

  82. This soup is amazing. Going to share with my family and not keep secrets. Way to good to not share. Will be enjoying this week for my lunch but seems to be perfect to freeze. Thank you for actually confirmed
    5 star rating. I will confirm 100%

      1. It can be cooked with the soup. If you want to freeze though, I’d say make the soup without the spinach or the tortellini and freeze it that way, then add those ingredients fresh.

  83. I’ve made this few times. So good! I wonder if I can use kale instead of spinach? Will it tastes good? And turkey ground instead of Italian sausage? Thanks!

    1. Yes you could definitely use kale in this recipe. You could use ground turkey, but you may need to adjust the seasoning because sausage has a very savory flavor.

    1. Kudos to you for wanting to make fresh pasta! I haven’t tried it that way, but I would probably just cook the tortellini separately and add it in at the end to keep from overcooking it.

  84. I am making this recipe tonight and am really excited. I bought a bag of what I thought was spinach and it turns out it’s a combination of spinach, bok choy, and baby chard. Do you think this will make much of a difference?

    1. Sorry for the delayed response Julie. I probably wouldn’t add the bok choy or baby chard because I’m not sure of the cooking times. Spinach cooks very quickly. What did you decide?

  85. Hello!
    I am not a fan of tomatoes! What would your opinion be if I leave out the whole crushed tomatoes step?
    Thank you!

    1. It’s tomato soup, so it would remove pretty much the bulk of the recipe. I suppose you could make it with just beef broth and add as much as you need to fill the pot.

  86. Hi Kristin! I loved the recipe but had a quick question. On step #4 are you suppose to cover it was a lid also while simmering?

    1. It’s a personal preference. Simmering with the lid off will thicken the soup a bit; lid on will keep the liquid in.

  87. I’m wondering if this could be made in a crockpot? I have friends coming over for a doggy play date and would like to make this soup for the “moms” but would like to do in the morning before work. Any suggestions?

    1. I have not made this in a crockpot myself. The tortellini would need to be added during maybe the last 20-30 minutes, and the spinach at the very end.

  88. From start to finish it took me 50 minutes, and it is the most delicious soup i’ve ever had! Thank you so much!

  89. Thanks for this super quick recipe that my husband loved!! We journal our food daily in an app. Any chance you have the nutritional values for this meal?

    1. Hi Laura, Unfortunately since I am not a nutritionist I am not always able to provide nutritional information for each recipe. However there are great sites out there, like myfitnesspal.com, that can help.
      Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Diced tomatoes are not a good substitute for crushed, however do you have a couple of options. You could drain the tomatoes and then use a blender to quickly crush the diced tomatoes (just a couple of quick pulses) or you could use them as is and the soup will just not be as thick.

  90. The sausage, tortellini, spinach soup was awesome and so simple to make. So much flavor. My family usually cringes on new recipe night but they loved this. Thank you for the recipe!

  91. A warning this is long but have to be said about this soup!
    I have been making this for a few years with praises every time! My then picky 7 year old who “hated soup” always had more than one helping and that was all I could ask for! Well, 2 years ago my dad passed and so I made a big batch and took it to my moms. My grandmom was there from Florida and as most old school Italians nothing anyone makes is ever good enough… she ranted and raved about this soup. Well fast forward to fall of this year she was diagnosed with cancer and so she was here to stay. She was declining quickly and couldn’t eat anything. My mom made her soups that she said “smelled like the devil”… so I went and spent the weekend making her some soups this one especially since she requested it. It was the first thing she had eaten in days! She passed the next morning and so my mom had plenty of soup for all that came… this was a hit… when they say soup is a comfort food, it’s so true!!! But this one especially has brought much comfort to My family in so many times! It has become a part of us!!! Thanks for sharing it!!!

    1. Ravae, I am so sorry for your losses and I am so happy that this recipe has been so loved by your family. Wishing you New Year blessings!

  92. This soup was absolutely delicious! I sent the recipe to my daughter because I know she and her husband will love it. Thanks for the recipe, I will make this again and again.

  93. Hello! I’ve made this a few times and we love it! However, we do like a thicker soup and when I add the sour cream it seems to seperate. When is a good time to add that?
    Thank you!

  94. love the tortellini, spinach and sausage soup so much. Made it 4 times now. I really wish I had
    nutritional values, like calories etc. per serving. Its my new ‘go to’ company lunch or light supper or
    take to a neighbor dish.

  95. Hi- if you buy packaged tortellini, do you need to boil it prior to adding to the soup or will it cook whole in the soup?

  96. Hi. There are so many ads that my page keeps closing out and I have to refresh, or I have to scroll so much to try and find the recipe it makes it frustrating! This soup sounds good but I don’t know if it’s worth trying to find it again because of the ads. I can’t even write this without a ton of ads blinking through and moving the page around.

    1. Sounds like there could be something going on with your internet because there aren’t any moving ads on my page other than a video that moves to the top of the screen.

  97. Nice recipe and so easy. I don’t care for Italian sausage so use a mild ground sausage. I eat this during the week so seperately cook the tortellini to later add to each bowl I reheat- preventing overlooked tortellini occurring on the day the soup is made and sits to cool. Great comfort food.

  98. Wonderful recipe! And not too difficult. I will definitely add this to the fall/winter rotation list. I didn’t change a thing.

  99. Great soup, we both love it! I’ve served this soup with family and everyone has enjoyed it including the crostini. Thanks for sharing.

  100. Hi Kristin Love, love this recipe. My step daughter made for us for dinner. We worried a little about her dad liking it( he is picky) He loved it! I be made it about 6 times since. My schedule has changed so I need to do some crock pot meals. Would you suggest about 7-8 I crock pot. And should spinach be added at end

  101. I usually don’t comment on these things but this soup was exactly what I didn’t know I was craving!! It’s amazing and freaking easy. Being pregnant and getting any type of energy to do something new is like a never for me haha but this soup was so easy so delicious and exactly what I didn’t know I wanted, I’ll be making it again, no doubt! 5 stars all the way! I’ll have to make the bread to go with it next time.
    Thanks for an awesome recipe! Oh and so perfect for fall! ?❤️

  102. Terrific recipe as is. Will be making this again, as is, before I begin to experiment. This soup will be great on our So. Cal. “winter” evenings. Thanks.

  103. This soup is a winner!! I added some chopped zucchini but other than that followed the directions exactly. Delicious!

  104. This has been an instant hit with my family of 5 (including some super picky eaters!). Everyone begs to have this on a regular basis. We err on the spicy side, so usually use spicy sausage. We typically make the soup base ahead of time on a weekend or prior evening and then just had the pasta and spinach the night we are ready to serve. We never have leftovers! We also use homemade chicken broth a lot which further enhances the awesome flavor.

  105. Anyone ever tried making this in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker? Wondering if I would need to add the tortellini after pressure cooking or not (definitely would wait to add the spinach)

  106. Mine didn’t come out great. I didn’t mind the first bowl that I had but no one else ate it. Said it tasted off. Maybe my sausage was bad but it looked and smelled fine when I was cooking it.

  107. Can this be frozen after making? I want to make some for my sister who just recovered from surgery. Thanks!

    1. I am kind of leary of freezing pasta, it can come out quite mushy when you reheat it. If anything, I would freeze the soup without the spinach and pasta, then provide those on the side with instructions.

  108. I made this recipe for my family and they loved it so much it became their favorite soup. I made it for my co-workers as well and they keep on asking when I can make it again. Thank you so much for sharing ?

  109. I made this for dinner on a cold, rainy night and it was great! So flavorful and easy to make. It also made for great leftovers at work the next day 🙂

  110. Absolutely delicious. Have made it twice aand getting ready to make it again. I use 1 lb of tortellini just because I’m a huge fan of it.

    1. I made this soup and was hoping I would have it for a few days at least but after my family tasted it I actually had to make a second batch that same evening. It is delicious!

  111. it would be helpful to post nutritional information on the recipes. Unless I missed it. The sausage spinach tortilleni soup was amazing!

  112. Just made this and it turned out delicious! I did add potabella mushrooms, celery, tomato paste & soup. Will definitely make again.

  113. Hi Kristin,
    I would like to add half-and-half to make the tomato soup just a little richer/creamier. Would you swap out part of the chicken stock for the half and half? If so what ratio do you think. I am so very excited to try this recipe the reviews speaks so highly of it. thanks for your help and happy New Year!

  114. I love soup recipes that you can tweak to make your own! I’ve made this twice now, and it’s a huge hit with my family. My 3 year old LOVES the tortellini and Italian sausage in it, and I strain the ingredients out and cool it down for my 10 month old. I like to add diced carrots and celery, but tonight I also added sliced mushrooms. DELISH! I will make this at least a few more times this winter. Thanks for such an awesome recipe!

  115. Making this for tonight’s dinner. I found its easy to let everything simmer in the crockpot while I am at work and then add the tortellini and spinach to cook while I make the crostini. I snuck in some onion and zucchini to bolster the veggies. It does get a bit gummy if you freeze it but its still delicious!!!

  116. HI made this oupo a couple years back, and it was a hit! Now, I want to make it for my fiance, and plan on using both sweet and spicy Italian sausage 🙂 The one thing I can’t remember from last time is, does the tortellini reheat well (without breaking or becoming mush)? I’m making it today, and I’m sooo excited to restate this incredibly flavorful soup!! 🙂

  117. This recipe is delish! Just made it for the first time and it was very simple. Unfortunately my boyfriend doesn’t like cheese so I swapped the tortellini for macaroni which worked fine (and healthier!). I also so added a tad bit more garlic, onions, fresh basil, and spinach than the recipe called for, as well as added a little bit of sugar to balance the sourness of the tomatoes. I recommend using low sodium chicken broth since italian sausage is quite salty on its own. If you want the soup to be thicker, decrease the amount of broth. Great recipe I will definitely make it again!

  118. Had this over the weekend and craving it so bad making it tonight! SO yummy with the parm. Thinking of maybe a dollop of ricotta on top?

  119. Making this soup as we speak. Smells amazing!!! Tasted the broth, ant wait to have the end result. I might add some half and half for some a creamier taste. Should I warm that up before adding to the broth?

    1. If adding half and half, you’d probably be fine to just add it to the pot. However, it’s never a bad idea to temper the cold liquid with a little from the pot first.

  120. Thank you for this great recipe. I am simmering this as we speak and it smells and tastes delicious. I didn’t have fresh basil so I used the dried basil I had on hand. Definitely a keeper.

  121. This was excellent! Quick and easy dinner. I made it gluten free with GF pasta and GF veggie broth. So flavorful and filling on a cold night!