Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup


Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup


I combined three different recipes to bring this Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup together.  And I must say, it’s practically a masterpiece!  This soup is not only a main dish, it’s a complete meal in one bowl because it’s chock-full of veggies, meat, and pasta.  It’s also super flavorful and colorful.  Even though it has lots of vegetables I served it up with a lettuce and spinach salad which was the perfect compliment.

We thought this soup was delicious cooked up just that way the recipe is given, but I think it would be just as tasty without the tortellini or even using gnocchi in place of the tortellini.  I would love to know how you make it and which versions you like.

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup


  • 24 ounces mild Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, pureed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5-6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 zucchini, grated (unpeeled)
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 8 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini


  1. In a large soup pot cook the sausage until it starts to brown; drain off the grease.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion and sausage are completely cooked.
  3. Drain any excess grease.
  4. Add in 5 cups of the chicken broth (add another cup later if you want more broth in your soup).
  5. Add the apple cider, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrots, oregano, and basil.
  6. Bring the soup to a simmer, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender yet still firm.
  7. Stir in the zucchini and parsley and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. In a separate pot cook the tortellini for 5 minutes, drain, and add to the rest of the soup. (If you cook the tortellini for the full time as instructed on the package they may be over-cooked and fall apart when they are put in the soup.)
  9. Serve with freshly shredded or grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

These friends are joining in on the Soup Series this week:

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Kay at White Gunpowder ~ Salmon Chowder
eilani at Keeping Up With Mrs. Smith ~ Chicken Tortilla Soup

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4 Responses to Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

  1. Carrie @a-hooahs-housewife January 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    This looks SOOO good, I will be adding this to our next menu plan for sure! do swing by my blog & link this up on the “Anything Goes” category! (:

    • Lori January 24, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Thanks, Carrie, for stopping by. I popped on over and linked up. Thanks for the invite.

  2. Kay January 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Lori, this soup looks quite hearty and delicious, a meal in a bowl. I will have to try making it soon.

  3. Mommy on Demand January 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! Would love for you to come over and share at our link party The Weekend Retreat it just started!

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