Sausage Tortellini Soup

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6 servings

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This Sausage Tortellini Soup is a tomato-based soup loaded with vegetables, Italian sausage and cheese tortellini. It’s the perfect cold weather soup and freezer friendly!

italian sausage tortellini soup overhead in large enamel dutch oven on blue background
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  1. Tips and Tricks for Making this Sausage Tortellini Soup:
  2. How to freeze Sausage Tortellini Soup:
  3. Variations on this Sausage Tortellini Soup:
  4. Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe

Cold weather comfort food is here and I feel like we are finally on the same page again!

Don’t get me wrong, I have big love for summer grilling (though I’m not quite as good at grilling as I am at soup-making ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and ice cream and cool treats.

But I feel like I do Fall and Winter just a bit better than I do Spring and Summer. And now we can all make soup and bake every day, and I am 100% happy about that.

I’ve posted a few soup recipes around here in the last month or two, like this Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup and this Instant Pot Potato Soup (among others, but this list could get long!), and I’m adding this Sausage Tortellini Soup to the family because it deserves to be here.

sausage tortellini soup in grey dutch oven on blue background with fresh parsley in the background

It is hearty.

It is so full of flavor, you won’t even believe it.

It’s healthy (and can be made healthier if that’s your jam).

You can even make a big batch and stick some in the freezer (just be aware that pasta gets softer after being frozen).

Tips and Tricks for Making this Sausage Tortellini Soup:

  • Hot Italian sausage can be very spicy, so be sure to use mild if you prefer a milder flavor. I didn’t add a lot of extra spices to the soup because the sausage gives so much flavor.
  • You can use fresh or frozen tortellini to make this soup. I use fresh, so just take into account the required cook time for the pasta when making your soup. Frozen tortellini may cool down your soup and take longer to come back up to a simmer.
  • If you have a leftover Parmesan rind, feel free to throw that in the soup as it simmers for some incredible flavor!
  • You can prep this soup ahead by chopping all of your vegetables. You can also cook the soup right through up until the point where you add the pasta, then cool and refrigerate and simply reheat and add the pasta before serving.

How to freeze Sausage Tortellini Soup:

This soup can definitely be frozen! Keep in mind that pasta gets soft after being frozen, so if that’s not your thing then you may want to leave the pasta out until you’re ready to serve.

To freeze, simply cool to room temperature, then place in a large freezer bag or freezer container. I prefer to use freezer bags because they can be frozen flat and thaw out quickly in some lukewarm water.

sausage tortellini soup overhead in two white bowls with fresh parsley and shredded parmesan on the side

Variations on this Sausage Tortellini Soup:

  • To make this Sausage Tortellini Soup dairy-free, omit the cheese tortellini and substitute regular pasta, and be sure to double check all of your ingredients.
  • To make this soup gluten-free, omit the pasta and substitute gluten-free pasta or gluten-free tortellini if available.
  • You can certainly add more veggies or swap mine out for the ones your family prefers: peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini would also be great in here!
  • To make this soup even leaner, choose Italian turkey sausage instead of regular pork sausage.
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Sausage Tortellini Soup

4.98 from 77 votes
This Sausage Tortellini Soup is a tomato-based soup loaded with vegetables, Italian sausage and cheese tortellini. It’s the perfect cold weather soup and freezer friendly! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine American
Course Soup
Servings 6 servings
Calories 443cal


  • 1 lb Italian sausage mild or spicy (no casings)
  • 3 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 rib celery finely chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 798 ml can diced tomatoes (28oz)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 250 grams fresh cheese tortellini about 3 cups


  • Add Italian sausage to a large soup pot and cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add carrots, onion and celery. Cook and stir until onion has softened.
  • Add Italian seasoning, garlic and salt and cook 1 minute.
  • Add broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until carrots are almost tender.
  • Stir in tortellini. Cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes until tender. Serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 443cal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1398mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5310IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 2.9mg
Keywords italian sausage soup, italian sausage tortellini, tortellini soup

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  1. Teresa Pollachek says

    I’ve made this for tonight’s supper. I doubled the meat and tortellini. I substituted a sweet pepper sauce that I buy at a local farmer market for the tomato sauce and add some mixed veggies. It is an awesome meal. I made homemade Italian bread to go with it.

  2. Deborah says

    Loved this recipe! I couldn’t decide today between Roast Tomato and Pepper Soup, and this one, SO, I added roasted tomatoes and peppers to your ingredients…delicious! Thanks for sharing your talents with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Karli! I’ve only tested the recipe as is, but yes, I believe you could make it in the slow cooker. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  3. Robin Kaspar says

    Google tells me 250 grams is 1 cup, not 3. I’m making my shopping list and don’t know how big a bag of tortellinis to buy.

  4. Karen Chitty-Boe says

    This is my โ€˜go toโ€™ recipe that is always a huge hit!!! I use a blend of venison sausage and sweet Italian sausage and always add a little extra broth for the tortellini!! Grated fresh parmesan on top and it puts it over the top!!!

  5. Robyn says

    Iโ€™ve made this soup so many times and itโ€™s always a hit. I add a bit of heavy cream to make it creamy and the whole family loves it and asks for it at least once a month!

  6. Joe says

    I doubled the recipe for pasta and meat package size. Added baby spinich and a tsp of crushed red pepper. It came out amazing!!!
    Great recipe, thank you!

  7. Katie says

    Great soup that comes together quickly. Itโ€™s satisfying and very tasty. Iโ€™ve added whatever vegetables that I have on hand – green beans, peas, even hand full of baby spinach. Big hit with everyone who has had it!!

  8. Kay DeBolt says

    I found this awesome soup recipe in 2020. I made it again tonight (1.19.22) and it’s simple THE BEST! Made the soup per the exact recipe, perfect! โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†

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