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Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage tortellini soup makes a simple, filling dinner the whole family will enjoy. This delicious soup is loaded with Italian sausage, cheese tortellini, vegetables and spices.

The sausage tortellini soup served in a beige and black rimmed bowl with sliced bread to the right and a spoon to the left on a light colored linen.

 

Sometimes getting dinner on the table seems like a huge task. That’s why it’s important to find meals that are not only nutritious, but cook quickly and are easy to make. Soups are really great for this! Like this sausage tortellini soup, this turkey taco soup and cabbage sausage soup come together in less than an hour.

 

This tortellini soup features Italian sausage. Sausage recipes are great for busy weeknights and tight budgets. They’re affordable, flavorful and work well with a myriad of other ingredients. This collection of sausage recipes shows just how versatile this ingredient is.

 

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Ingredients for the sausage tortellini soup

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Mild Italian Sausage, casing removed and torn into small pieces (or use bulk sausage)
  • 1 Small Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Large Carrot, cut into ¼ inch rounds, halves or quarters
  • 1 Celery Rib, diced
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper, optional
  • 1 (14 ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes – we used fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 8-9 ounces Fresh Tortellini, refrigerated variety (we used a five cheese tortellini)
  • 5-6 ounces Spinach, Kale, Chard or a combination of greens – for this soup we use a combination of all three
  • Salt, to taste – if needed at the end

The ingredients for the soup arranged on a wood cutting board.

 

Prep work

The prep work for this soup is quick and easy. Since we’re using prepackaged, convenience ingredients like chicken broth, canned tomatoes, refrigerated tortellini and pre-washed greens, most of the prep is done already!

  • Remove the sausage from its casing and tear into small pieces (if you’re not using bulk). This will make it much easier to break up once it hits the hot pot.
  • Dice the onions, carrots and celery. They’re going into the pot at the same time so keep them in the same bowl. I like using glass nesting bowls to organize my prepped ingredients.
  • Mince the garlic.
  • Add the oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper and crushed red pepper (if using) to a small bowl. Make a seasoning mix when you’re using multiple spices in a recipe that go in at the same time. That way you’re not standing over a hot pot measuring spices.
  • Wash the greens if not using a pre-washed package.
  • That’s it for the prep work; all that’s missing is measuring out the olive oil, water and opening the tomatoes, chicken broth and the package of tortellini.

The prepped ingredients for the soup arranged on a wood cutting board.

 

Make the sausage tortellini soup

We’re going to start the soup by browning the sausage

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes until browned. Stir frequently and break up large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.

 

Drain any excess oil from the pot, if desired. An easy way to do this is to take the pot off the heat (carefully move it over to an empty burner). Mound the sausage on one side of the pot. Gently tip the pot so that the excess oil pools on the other side of the sausage. Use a ladle or a large spoon to scoop out some of the excess oil. Place the pot back over the heat and safely dispose of the oil.

 

Now, we’re going to sauté the vegetables to create another layer of flavor.

Lower the heat to medium and add the onions, carrots and celery to the pot. Cook the vegetables with the Italian sausage for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

A close up image of browned sausage, diced onions, carrots and celery in a pot.

 

Next we’ll add the garlic and spices. This is when things start smelling amazing! Your family might come out of their rooms asking what you’re cooking.

 

Add the garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper and crushed red pepper (if using). Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

 

Now that we have a wonderful base for this soup, we’ll add the liquid.

Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth and water to the pot. Stir well, scraping any bits off the bottom. Raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil. It will take about 5 minutes for the liquid to start boiling.

An image of the broth with the vegetables in a large blue pot with with interior.

 

When the broth starts boiling, lower heat to medium-low and cover the pot. Cook the soup for 15 minutes, keeping it at a simmer and stirring occasionally.

 

Now the sausage and vegetables are cooked through and we have a flavorful broth going. It’s time to finish the soup with the tortellini and the greens.

 

Add the tortellini to the soup and stir. Raise the heat to medium to get the broth boiling. Cook the tortellini, uncovered for 6-8 minutes. Follow the package recommended cooking time. Keep the soup boiling gently so that the tortellini cooks through; raise or lower the heat as needed.

 

Add the greens to the pot. At first, it’s going to look like there’s way too much!

Leafy greens covering the top of the broth in a large blue pot with a white interior.

 

But, stir them for 2-3 minutes and they start to wilt and significantly reduce in volume.

The soup being stirred with a wood spoon now with the greens wilted and significantly reduced in volume.

 

Season the soup, if necessary. Hold off until the end to add salt since the Italian sausage, chicken broth, diced tomatoes and tortellini all contain a good amount already.

 

Taste the sausage tortellini soup and add salt if needed. As a reference we added ¼ teaspoon to ours.

 

Variations, notes and tips

  • If you like things a little spicy use hot Italian sausage instead of mild.
  • If you want to use frozen tortellini instead of fresh keep in mind that the temperature of the soup will drop. It will take longer for the soup come back to a boil and for the tortellini to cook. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • This soup does not freeze well. Pasta in general, doesn’t do well in the freezer, it becomes mushy. If you would like to freeze the soup, do so without adding the tortellini.
  • Store the soup in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. Reheat the soup in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low to low heat until warmed through; or use the microwave.

A close up of the soup with tortellini, sliced carrots, small pieces of sausage, and small tomato pieces floating on the surface.

 

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The sausage tortellini soup served in a beige and black rimmed bowl with sliced bread to the right and a spoon to the left on a light colored linen.
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Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage tortellini soup makes a simple, filling dinner the whole family will enjoy. This delicious soup is loaded with Italian sausage, cheese tortellini, vegetables and spices.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Italian sausage, tortellini
Servings: 6
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Mild Italian Sausage casing removed and torn into small pieces (or use bulk sausage)
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 1 Large Carrot cut into ¼ inch rounds, halves or quarters
  • 1 Celery Rib diced
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper optional
  • 1 (14 ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes (we used fire-roasted diced tomatoes)
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 8-9 ounces Fresh Tortellini refrigerated variety (we used a five cheese tortellini)
  • 5-6 ounces Spinach, Kale, Chard or a combination of greens, washed and patted dry
  • Salt to taste if needed

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes until browned, stirring frequently and breaking up large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Drain excess oil from the pot, if desired.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the onions, carrots and celery to the pot. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper and crushed red pepper (if using). Stir well and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth and water to the pot. Stir well, gently scraping any bits off the bottom. Raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil.
  • When the liquid is boiling, lower heat to medium-low and cover the pot. Cook the soup, keeping it at a simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the tortellini to the soup and stir. Raise the heat to medium to get the broth boiling. Cook the tortellini, uncovered for 6-8 minutes. Follow the cooking time recommended on the package. Keep the liquid boiling gently; raise or lower the heat as needed.
  • Add the greens to the soup and cook for 2-3 minutes until they’re wilted, stir occasionally.
  • Taste the soup and add salt if needed. As a reference we added ¼ teaspoon to ours.

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Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1326mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3944IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 3mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.


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