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Sausage Tortellini Soup

This creamy sausage tortellini soup is a 30 minute meal that’s easy to make with sausage, kale, simple seasonings, broth, and cream!

Be sure to serve this with a side of Garlic Bread with Cheese or Biscuits!

A bowl of creamy sausage tortellini soup with kale and a spoon.

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Wait until you taste this soup. This is one you will undoubtedly add to your favorite list of soup recipes, especially because it’s a 30-minute meal that’s got vegetables, protein, and pasta all in one bowl!

You may scratch your head when you see that I’ve got hot sauce and mustard powder on the ingredients list, but trust me. They enhance the other flavors in the recipe and add a very subtle touch that creates a great base for this soup. Once you try it, you’ll see what I mean!

Check out my PRO tips below on how to add even more flavor to this soup, and what you can use if you don’t have kale on hand!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Cook the sausage, onions, and garlic. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add basil, oregano, hot sauce, mustard powder, and pepper. Stir to combine.

Add chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.

A pot with ground sausage and onions with chicken broth and half and half being added.

Add kale and tortellini. Cook 3-5 minutes. Taste and add salt if desired.  Transfer to serving bowls and add a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Adding kale and tortellini to Sausage Tortellini Soup.

Pro Tips

  • For even more flavor, add the rind from a block of Parmesan or Romano cheese when you add the broth and let it simmer and flavor the soup. If any remains at the end of cooking, it can be discarded. Salt will likely not need to be added if you do this.
  • 2-3 cups of Spinach can be used instead of kale, stir it in once the tortellini is cooked and let it wilt, about 30 seconds. If you use frozen spinach, let it thaw and pat it dry prior to adding it.
  • I use RANA refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini for this recipe. I also use Texas Pete hot sauce or Frank’s Hot Sauce.
  • This recipe is in The Cozy Cookbook on page 51!

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for 3+ months.
  • Note that the tortellini will continue to absorb broth during storage. I recommend boiling the tortellini separately and add it directly to serving bowls if you plan on having leftovers.
  • Be sure to try my chicken tortellini soup recipe next!

Tools For This Recipe

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  • 4 quart Soup Pot: The perfect size for this recipe.
  • Food Storage Containers– These are what I use, they fit exactly 1 cup and are leak proof, microwave safe, stackable, and BPA free.
  • Kitchen Scale: In case you need to weigh the sausage. (I use this all the time.)
  • Measuring Spoons To measure out the seasonings.
  • Pinch Bowls– I measure out my seasonings ahead of time and add them to these small bowls so they’re ready to go when it’s time to add them.

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Sausage Tortellini Soup in a soup bowl with kale, spinach, sausage, and broth.

Sausage Tortellini Soup

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This creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup is a 30 minute meal that’s easy to make with sausage, kale, simple seasonings, broth, and cream!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage, hot or mild
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 pinch cayenne, optional
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 cups tortellini, just under 10 oz. (refrigerated or frozen)
  • Salt/ to taste

Instructions

  • Note: The mustard powder and hot sauce are so subtle in this soup but help enhance the other flavors, so although you may be hesitant to add them, I highly recommend it!
  • Remove the casings from the sausage if you purchased links. Cook and crumble the sausage and diced onions over medium-high heat until the onions are softened and the sausage is cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Drain grease. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to remove the raw flour taste.
  • Add basil, oregano, cayenne, hot sauce, mustard powder, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken broth and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pot. Slowly stir in the heavy cream. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  • Add the kale and tortellini and simmer for 3-5 minutes. (If your tortellini needs longer cooking time, add the tortellini first, then the kale during the last 5 minutes.)
  • Taste the soup and add salt if desired. Start with ¼ tsp and add more after that if needed.
  • Transfer to serving bowls and serve! (This is great with Garlic Bread with Cheese!)

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • I use RANA refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini for this recipe. I also use Texas Pete hot sauce or Frank's Hot Sauce.
  • For even more flavor, add the rind from a block of Parmesan or Romano cheese when you add the broth and let it simmer and flavor the soup. If any remains at the end of cooking, it can be discarded. Salt will likely not need to be added if you do this.
  • 2-3 cups of Spinach can be used instead of kale, stir it in once the tortellini is cooked and let it wilt, about 30 seconds.
  • This recipe is in The Cozy Cookbook on page 51!

Crock Pot Method:
  • Brown the sausage/onions on the stove top and add the flour as outlined in steps 2 + 3.
  • Transfer everything except for the cream, tortellini, and spinach to the slow cooker.
  • Cook it on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-7.
  • Stir in the kale toward the end and let that heat up for 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn heat off. Temper the cream in the microwave for 45 seconds and stir it in slowly>
  • Add cooked tortellini to serving bowls and ladle soup on top!

Storage
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for 3+ months.
  • Note that the tortellini will continue to absorb broth during storage. I recommend boiling the tortellini separately and add it directly to serving bowls if you plan on having leftovers.
  • Be sure to try my chicken tortellini soup recipe next!

Nutritional information an estimate and is per serving. Each serving is 1 cup, and this recipe makes approximately 10 cups.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 836mg, Potassium: 318mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1736IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 86mg, Iron: 2mg
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1,394 comments on “Sausage Tortellini Soup”

  1. This was soooo good, you were right about the hot sauce 
    And red pepper flakes…..was a amazing soup!

  2. Excellent!  Easy recipe, house smells great, family devoured it. 

  3. Could you substitute a cup or two of  bone broth if you didn’t have enough chicken??

  4. WOW! What amazing comfort food for a cold winter day! This is easy to make and so tasty. My daughter asked me to add it to our dinner rotation. We kept the mustard and the hot sauce and it was simply perfect. No leftovers!!!

    • I’m so happy you used the flavor enhancers Elena! Extra happy to hear your daughter liked it so much. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and review!🩷

  5. Holy banana!!!! This is so delicious. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to cook it for other people besides myself 😉

    I added parmesan cheese and used cheese/bacon tortellini. I added a dash of white wine vinegar too. It has the perfect level of spice and creamyness. I definitely recommend.

  6. Delicious. Changed to 4 cups kale, used spicy sausage, no hot sauce. With parmesean rind I used 1/2 and 1/2, plenty thick. We will be having this often. Thank you.

  7. This one is an all around family favorite! Definitely a keeper for sure! 

  8. This recipe is definitely a keeper! It’s so delicious! My husband is not a big soup fan, and even he looks forward to this soup!

    • Nice work Mary! I’m so happy it was such a hit with your husband. My husband is the same way, not much of a soup fan but he loves this one. Thanks so much for the review!❤️

  9. Soooo delicious!! Everytime my toddler took a bite she would grunt because she liked it so much 😂

  10. My family loves this soup. I cut the cream down to a half cup for a healthier version and no one notices the difference 

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