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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!
My Sausage Tortellini Soup is a delicious meal on its own, but you can pair it with some garlic bread and a copycat Olive Garden Salad and add a few more guests to dinner.
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The Best Tortellini Soup Recipe
Everyone loves my tortellini soup! It’s like your favorite pasta and sauce in a delicious creamy soup. The spinach, tomatoes, sausage, and pasta are so delicious together and really make this soup a complete meal!
- Rich flavors of tomato, sausage and cheese: 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 with sausage highlights that tomato-y goodness while incorporating savory sausage and tender, cheesy pasta.
- Hearty, filling main course: 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.
- Simple and quick: It’s super simple to make in just a few steps and it’s ready in about 40 minutes. 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.
- Instant upgrades: 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.
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. If you don’t have crushed tomatoes, 3 ½ cups of tomato sauce would also work.
- 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 of fresh baby spinach, but you can use as much as you like. Kale is a great substitution.
How to Make Tortellini Soup
Get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.
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.
- Cook the Italian sausage. In a large stock pot or dutch oven heat 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. Sometimes I’ll add some Italian seasoning or a bay leaf for more flavor.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add spinach. Add the spinach, cover and turn off the heat. The spinach wilts rather quickly and then you can serve the soup.
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.
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.
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.
Sure! You’ll want to make sure you have a 7-quart pot so it’s big enough to hold the soup.
Absolutely! First, saute the sausage in a skillet on the stovetop with diced onion and garlic and drain the grease. Add the sausage, tomatoes, broth, and seasonings to the crockpot and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours. Add the tortellini, cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the tortellini is soft and tender. Add the spinach and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
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.
- 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 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.
More Delicious Soup Recipes to Try
- Easy Beef & Macaroni Soup
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Homemade Chicken Soup
- Hamburger Soup
- Bacon and Bean Soup
- Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe
Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach
- 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
- 6 Baguette slices (about ⅓ of a baguette)
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- 2 tablespoons Freshly shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 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.
- 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.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Is there something you can substitute for Mimi marshmallows in most of the desserts made with cool whip – sour cream – fruit. My husband doesn’t like marshmallows. THANX
You can leave them or add more fruit, but generally, that’s a common ingredients in those types of desserts.
This was really good. Crustini were the perfect addition. Husband said to put it in the rotation. I did add the other half if my bag of tortellini to the leftovers.
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This was one of the first meals I made for my husband after we got married. Seven years later, it’s still in our regular rotation. So easy and so flavorful!
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Great dish, the only thing I wasn’t sure of is in step 2, where you make the soup base. Do you do that in a separate pot or do you continue with the same pot as the sausage is cooked in. I used two pots and drained the sausage fat(bit more fat free), but I can only imagine how much more flavor that fat/grease will add would add to the soup base!
You can use the same pot, and feel free to drain off the grease or use it.
This is a staple for my family! It is simple and quick to make and tastes delicious every time. It’s so good I’ve shared it among family and friends!
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My personal opinion of this recipe. I loved it.
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One of our go to meals at least once or twice a month. So good!
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Hi! I’m curious when it says it makes 6 servings, how big your serving size is?
My own serving size is roughly 2 ladlefuls. It can vary a bit so I usually say it will serve 5-6.
OMG, so good and so quick. Would not have imagined that much flover with minimal simmering!
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Went mostly by recipe….didn’t read close enough and used diced tomatoes instead of crushed so I added small can of tomatoes sauce….was delicious…my picky taster loved it to. Thanks will definitely make again
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My family loves this recipe! My husband and son have celiac so I boil their tortellini and the regular kind separately and add to each bowl so everyone has what they need.
Does the nutrition info include the crostini or just the soup?
So great that you were able to accommodate their food issues. Yes, the nutritional information includes the crostini.
Thank you. Awesome soup…. I don’t even like sausage. I added some cream cheese, and wow! Thank you!
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Excellent soup! Made this twice and has become a favorite of mine and my wife’s. Highly recommend this one highly!
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Made it today. Super soup!!!! The whole family loved it. Definitely will add this to my list of easy and delicious soup. Will make it often. Followed recipe with exception added some spicy sausage also.
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Awesome easy recipe. We used hot sausage! Very good!
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Love this recipe! I make it often and sometimes use ground beef or spicy sausage. And I add whatever vegetables I have in the fridge to make it a more balanced meal (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc.) Thanks for sharing it! 🙂
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I added 2 Big Tablespoons of Tomato Paste. It really added a rich flavor! We loved the soup and will make it again soon!!
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I’ve been making this over the past two years and it’s always a hit! Quick, easy and cheap meal to feed the family. Even better during the cold months.
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Made this today and it was easy and delicious my husband said it was something different that I should keep the recipe and make again in the future.
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Hello, my name is Christie and yesterday I made the tortellini soup with Italian sausage and “oh boy!” My son and daughter and granddaughter enjoyed just as much as I did.. I also made the crostini bread and garlic knots! We ate very well. It was so good… I will make this again…
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Thus was such a yummy meal on a cool night. I did however get my base done the night before so that my flavors could blend together better. Then I brought it to a boil and added my tortellini and spinach and heated for about 10 minutes! All 5 stars here!
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This soup is so easy to make and absolutely delicious. One of my favorite recipes. We love it.
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What’s the per serving size in ounces. 12 16? I like to make 7 qts at a time.
This recipe will make approximately 2 quarts of soup and serves 5-6 people.
I really enjoyed this soup! I used half chicken stock and half V-8 juice and cut-up country style chicken breakfast sausage links. I will be making this again!
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Delicious! Full of flavor! I was tempted to add in the greek yogurt as it was suggested. I think i will with my leftovers! It really sounds good to try! I enjoyed the parmesan crostini perfect for dunking. With Fall upon us this was the best recipe to enjoy! It’s a keeper! Inexpensive and so simple! Not many dirty dishes. Pretty quick to make. No fresh tortellini in my town frozen worked just fine.
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Favorite in my house in the colder months! I add some Italian seasoning, a can of diced tomatoes, and a splash of heavy whipping cream. Also extra spinach 🙂
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love love this recipe. My hubby and I love it year round. Question for you?? Do you think adding a Parmesan cheese rind would bump up the flavor a bit?
Hi Jeanne, I think that’s a GREAT idea!
Can I substitute frozen spinach if so, what adjustments need to be made
You could use frozen spinach, but keep in mind that it would be condensed so you might not need as much. and I would thaw it and wring out the liquid first. It wouldn’t need any cooking eime rither, so just toss it in at then end, long enough to warm it up.
This Is my go tortellini recipe for years now I just made this for my brother and his wife and they loved It. Its simple but yet has a lot of flavor.
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This is the best and most flavorful soup. I make it all the time in the cooler months. The fresh basil is a must. I get my tortellini’sat Aldi’s cause it’s my h cheaper also I get the tricolored ones.
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One of the best simple and delicious recipes online imo. A co-worker made this for a potluck once and I’ve been making it for probably 3 years now. I always use chicken stock and extra spinach. Thank you! 🙂
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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.
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!)
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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.
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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!!!
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Excellent! I did add tomato paste because I like a more robust tomato presence. Also a splash of basalmic vinegar. So good!!!
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Excellent recipe! Easy and quick to make!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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?
You can still cook the tortellini in the soup, it just might take a little longer.
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!!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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The BEST and MOST requested soup! So good.
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Family favorite! A great weeknight meal that’s easy to put together, hearty and warming on a cold night. We love it.
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Have yet to make, but attempting tonight! I was curious what the actual serving size is?
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.
Been making for years. One of my sons favorites. I just dont add the crostini. I use hot sausage too, so yummy!
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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
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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 🙂
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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.
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just making this for a cool rainy night. Lovely flavors
We absolutely love this soup, it is so easy and its even better the second day!
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!
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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!
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Love e erything in this recipe. But have a quick question, could I possibly use Orzo in this recipe?
Instead of the tortellini? Sure!
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!
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I add some pepper flakes for a little heat
This is a favorite in my house, but I do add a block of cream cheese to it.
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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!! 🙂
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This is my go to for Tortellini soup. It is the best!
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This soup has been one of my “go to” recipes. Its so good and easy preparation. We truly love it.
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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.
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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!
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I meant to say I used Ro Tel Mild diced tomatoes and green chilies in place of the CRUSHED tomatoes. Thank you!
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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!!!!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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This needs to serve a large group AND have left overs! How does the recipe need to change to do so???
I often double the recipe. It fed 12 with some left over.
How big is a “serving”?
Many times a suggested serving is a 8oz cup
A cup sounds kind of small to me. We usually do about 2 ladle fulls per person. Maybe a cup and a half.
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.
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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.
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.
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I have made this dozens of times over the years. So easy and so good!
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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!
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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♥️
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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.
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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?
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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.
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
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 🙂
You could add some heavy cream, maybe start with 1/2 cup, to get a creamier soup.
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!
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Can you substitute frozen spinach?
Yes you could use frozen spinach. Thaw and squeeze out as much water as possible.
Hi does this delicious soup freeze well?
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.
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?
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.
Really really really good soup. My co-workers comment all the time about how good the lunchroom smells when I heat it at work.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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We LOVE this soup. Make it all the time. It’s fast easy and so delicious! One of our favorite winter dishes.
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This soup is incredibly delicious. It takes way less than an hour to prepare — Enough said!
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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!
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Love love this soup!! Made it many times!! So good! Having it tonight for dinner. Everyone I have made it for loves it!!
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yummy italian sausage spinach……
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.
Thank you J. Jackson!
Have you ever used beef broth? And it that cheese tortelinni?
I have not tried with beef broth. I don’t think I’d like the strong taste with the tortellini.
Yes, cheese tortellini.
Thank you Kristin for this recipe!
This delicious soup will permanently appear in my home menu.
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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!
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Absolutely delicious, added the sour cream at the end.
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This soup is easy and so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
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I love this soup! so flavourful and quick to make!
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I totally love this recipe. It has become one of my go to favorites and I make it at least once a month.
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Wonderful recipe- didn’t change a thing- I will make it again and again.
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Thank you for such a lovely recipe. Served it up to my family at lunch with the parmesan toast and was thoroughly enjoyed!
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!!!
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This recipe is fantastic! Super easy to make, and gave me some leftovers I’m actually looking forward to eating.
This recipe is the bomb!!!! So so good, loved everything about it. Thanks for sharing!
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Great recipe, great taste ! Thanks ?!
At what step do you add the sour cream?
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.
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.
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It serves 6. Is that 1 cup per serving?
Probably closer to a cup and a half.
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.
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Hey Kristin! This is going to be my husbands birthday meal! Can canned or frozen bag spinach be used? Thank you!
If you thaw it and squeeze out all the liquid, yes it could. However, fresh will provide the best texture.
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!
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Family loves this recipe! I have to double it every time I make it.
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the greatest soup we ever had. the hot sausage is the must be,
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Made this on Christmas eve to go along with my Rustic Italian dinner. Everyone raved about it! Very good soup!
Thank you J.
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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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This was a hit! So easy and very flavorful! The whole family asked for seconds. 🙂
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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!
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I used 1/2 hot sausage 1/2 breakfast sausage
Can you freeze after tortellinis are added?
You can, however I caution against it because the pasta tends to get mushy.
loves easy to cook delicious recipes, please continue telling us these goodies… thanks so much!
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My hubby doesn’t like tomato chunks. What can I use in place of canned tomatoes? Purée or sauce?
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
Love this soup, excellent!
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Absolutely a hit with my family!! Love this recipe. Thank you!!
Can the dried tortellini be used in place of the refrigerated version? If so do any changes need to be made? This sounds delicious!
Yes, just adjust the cooking. They still won’t take that long.
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.
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What kind of tortellini? Meat or cheese ?
It’s up to you – I usually use cheese but a tortellini with meat would be ok as well.
Very tasty. Loved it
Thank you Pamela! Thanks for sharing.
Made this tonight and added green pepper and mushrooms …. wow, I love it !!!
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Oh my! This was so delicious. I did not and will not ever change a thing.
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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.
Hi Patty, So happy that you and your family loved this recipe! Thanks for stopping by.
Can you use frozen tortellini and jyst cook a little longer?
Frozen tortellini probably wouldn’t need much more time.
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. 🙂
Are used kielbasa sausage and also added a jar of pesto in place of the basil. Great recipe
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. 🙂
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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!
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made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent. Will definitely make again.
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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. ❤️
Nice! It’s one of my family’s favorite. Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience Cameron.
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.?
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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.
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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
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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!!
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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.
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Soooo easy and delicious!! Definitely going to be making this several times this fall
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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.
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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!!
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.
This has become one of my favorite soups! It is hearty and delicious.
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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 ??
The more spinach, the better I say!
Only have pork sausage not Italian…..do you think that will work in this awesome recipe…..
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.
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!
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This is so good and I’ve made it several times. I simply use the entire bag of fresh spinach.
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?
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.
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!
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!!!!
Looks delicious. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to try it. ??
Would happen to know the nutritional facts?
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.
Do you drain the sausage from the grease after browning before adding the other ingredients?
You can, but it doesn’t release too much and adds flavor to the soup.
Those all look so good!
Thank you Michele!
How many does it feed?
It will feed 4-6 people depending on portion size.
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!
Thank you Katherine! So happy that you and your family loved this recipe!
One of my family’s favorites. I make it all the time. I even made for Bunco tonight and it was a big hit!
Thank you Michelle!
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!!
Thanks Shannon! So happy that you and your family loved this recipe!
I have made several times so easy and yum!!
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%
Do you recommend cooking the tortellini separately? Is it ok to freeze?
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.
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!
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.
Looking forward to trying this recipe tonight. Just wondering do you prefer to use yellow, white, or red onion?
i will usually us yellow onions in most of my recipes.
This is awesome with gnocchi as well!
Thank you Stephanie!
Great soup! I do have one question. If I were to make the tortellini by hand, would the cook times remain the same?
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.
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?
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?
I am not a fan of tomatoes! What would your opinion be if I leave out the whole crushed tomatoes step?
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.
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?
It’s a personal preference. Simmering with the lid off will thicken the soup a bit; lid on will keep the liquid in.
Super easy and super DELICIOUS!
Thank you Pamela!
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?
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.
From start to finish it took me 50 minutes, and it is the most delicious soup i’ve ever had! Thank you so much!
Thank you Aubrie!
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?
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.
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I accidentally bought diced tomatoes instead of crushed 🙁 Can I substitute?
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.
I used diced tomatoes and it was DELICIOUS!
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!
So happy that you and your family loved this recipe! Thank you Jill!
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!!!
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!
Family loved it!
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.
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?
You could add heavy cream instead, and let it come to room temperature first.
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.
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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?
It will cook in the soup.
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.
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.
How many does this recipe serve?
It will yield 4-6 servings, depending on the serving size.
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.
Thank you Jennifer. great idea about the using ground sausage.
Love the soup I make it quite often
Thank you Debbie!
delicious soup and very easy to make we all loved it wish i had taken a pic thank you posting this recipe