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Creamy White Bean Tortellini Soup

A one-pot soup that’s big on flavor and low on effort, Creamy White Bean Tortellini Soup is weeknight easy but weekend flavorful!

Creamy white bean tortellini soup in a bowl

It’s not that I’m tired of soup season — ’cause, Peeps, this summer girl can tell you that soup is just about the only thing that gets me through winter with my sanity intact (“more” or “less,” depending on whom you ask, lol) — but mid-February is about the time that things start winding down for me.

Once we pass February 15th, we’re closer to the end of February than the beginning (holla!), and I get itchy for Spring. Partially because I’m planning my summer gardens now, which always gets me revved up for things like fresh tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers and super-scented basil and salads and green smoothies. And partially because it’s just the time of year when the heavy foods that brought so much comfort and warmth (and sanity) six weeks ago just feel heavy. You know what I mean?

Creamy white bean tortellini soup cooking in a pot.

But we’re not out of the winter woods yet, that’s for sure. Although the weather will be doing some summery somersaults for the foreseeable future — 75°F tomorrow and serious flooding later in the week — March in the Ohio Valley is notorious for rolling out the spring green carpet, only to bury it in snow for a few days.

So, soup is definitely still on the menu, it’s just slowly being crowded out of my thoughts by fresh fruits and veggies. SoupAddict needs some green!

Two bowls of creamy white bean tortellini soup

This white bean tortellini soup is the perfect transition meal while I impatiently await April. Fresh pasta and smooth great northern beans in a savory, creamy base creates a soup on the slightly lighter side, but still with all the bennies of a really good soup. Including, holding the hot bowl in my chilled hands to spread the warmth, no matter what it’s doing outside.

Karen xo

Creamy white bean tortellini soup in a bowl
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Creamy White Bean Tortellini Soup

A one-pot, creamy and filling soup that's weeknight easy but weekend flavorful!
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Servings: 4
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Karen Gibson


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 4 ounces pancetta chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon mustard
  • 15 ounces Great Northern or cannellini beans drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 9 ounces refrigerated fresh tortellini
  • 1 cup half and half or coconut or cashew milk


  • Heat the oil in 4 to 5 quart Dutch oven or soup pot over medium until shimmering. Add the onion, celery, carrots, and pancetta, and saute until the onion is translucent (about 10 minutes). Stir in the garlic.
  • Add the veggie broth, mustard, beans, herbs, and bay leaf. Increase heat and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf.
  • Add the tortellini to the pot, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to warm. Add the half and half or non-dairy milk and stir well.
  • Let the soup rest for 5 minutes, and serve.


Calories: 386kcal
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.
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Tuesday 14th of August 2018

This isn't vegetarian?? I know I could leave it out but maybe this shouldn't be tagged as such?


Tuesday 15th of May 2018

Delicious soup makes the food tasty. I cannot wait to try it. This looks absolutely divine!