Prep 20m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 50m
Servings 8 servings Calories 371.3

I got a similar recipe to this out of my local newspaper a long time ago. I’ve tweaked the recipe quite a bit over the years to suit our tastes. I hope this tortellini soup suits your family as well. Enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound mild sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (32 ounce) carton chicken broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 pound frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 ounce) package fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 10 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook sausage and onion until onion is soft and translucent, breaking up sausage as it cooks, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.
  2. 2 Pour all chicken broth into the pot and bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Add tortellini and cook 5 minutes more. Add tomatoes with juice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer soup for 10 minutes.
  3. 3 Stir spinach into soup; it will look like too much, but it will wilt quickly. Add basil and red pepper flakes and simmer 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. 4 Pass Parmesan cheese at the table when you serve the soup.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 371.3
  • Carbohydrate 33.7 g
  • Cholesterol 55.2 mg
  • Fat 17.6 g
  • Fiber 3 g
  • Protein 19.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 7.1 g
  • Sodium 1656 mg
  • Sugar 4.6 g

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Chef's Notes

Feel free to use dried basil in place of fresh. Substitute hot sausage for mild, if you like.


  1. This soup is a home run! Delicious and hearty. We used ground Italian chicken sausage; that paired with the broth and the cheese tortellini- BRAVA!! This makes a pot full and goes far. I had leftovers for lunch for two days and the soup was delicious straight away AND later.
  2. Incredibly aromatic, the whole house smelled wonderful. Only change was to add a Syrah Grenache to delglaze. Fabulous taste, a def keeper!