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Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage

Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage is comfort food in a bowl – weeknight fast but tasty like you spent all Saturday on it.

Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage |

There’s so much to love about soup. As a food form, the variation possibilities are endless: hot/cold, savory/sweet, thick/brothy/chunky, carnivore/veggievore, comfort-food-rich/delicate-appetizer-light.

I also appreciate how soup flexes with my desire to be behind the stove. In the summer (when the answer is as little as possible, please), a bright, flavorful, chilled gazpacho is just five ingredients and one quick spin in the blender away. In the winter, when cooking is an entirely delightful way to spend the afternoon, I can hover over the pot and experiment with a notebook page worth of ingredients and a slo-mo simmering that fills the house with tummy-rumbling scents.

And then there are the in-between soups, like today’s Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage. Complex flavors are squeezed out of easy-to-find ingredients (most are probably already in your pantry), and combined in a super-simple, weeknight-friendly saute-and-simmer.

Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage |

Which reminds me, with winter cooking gearing up, it’s time to take a look at your spice rack and replace the dried herbs and spices that have been languishing for the last six months (check out my herb and spice guide for inspiration on building your own spice collection).

I recently spent a dreamy hour at my local spice vendor’s shop. The only the customer in the store, the proprietor was more than pleased to show me his latest blends (an hour of spicy sniff tests … happy!), and I came away not only with a fresh supply of staple herbs and spices, but also a few of their clever, proprietary inventions, like a Green Thai Curry powder that I’ve been using in almost everything, mostly because I just want an excuse to stick my nose in the jar.

While you’re stocking up, don’t forget a nice Italian blend, which goes so well with many winter dishes, including Italian tortellini soup.

Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage |

Oh, and one more thing: this is a soup that begs to be made in a big batch — the leftovers are amazing. And if you add a little cream to the bowl, it’s like bolognese in soup form.

Karen xo


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5 from 3 votes

Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Karen Gibson


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 links Italian sweet sausage removed from casing and crumbled
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 1/3 cup diced sweet red peppers about 1/2 of a medium, blocky pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb blend
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 " piece of parmesan rind optional
  • 9 ounce package fresh tortellini refrigerated, not dried
  • handful chopped spinach
  • chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat oil in a 5 quart dutch oven or soup pot over medium until shimmering. Add the crumbled sausage and cook until no longer pink. Add the onions and cook until softened (4 to 5 minutes). Add the carrots, peppers, garlic, tomato paste, herbs, and a big pinch of salt, and stir to mix well. Saute for several minutes to let the garlic, tomato paste and herbs become fragrant. Add the wine and continue sautéing until most of its liquid has cooked off.
  • Add the tomato sauce, tomato dices, broth, and water and increase heat to bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and add the bay leaf and parmesan cheese rind (if using). Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaf and rind from the soup and discard. Taste, and add salt by the pinch as necessary. Add a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Add the fresh tortellini to the soup and let cook for the time indicated on the package.
  • Stir in the spinach. Ladle into bowls and garnish with parsley.
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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Recipe Rating


Saturday 25th of April 2015

Just finished the cooking. IT IS AMAZING!!!!!


Tuesday 20th of January 2015

Hi! I love your blog and thought I'd let you know that someone appears to have copied one of your posts.

Now I'm off to make some soup :)


Monday 19th of January 2015

Thought you might like to know that someone has copied your blog post:

Erin @ The Speckled Palate

Saturday 22nd of November 2014

Oh goodness. This soup sounds wonderful and perfect for the rainy day we're currently experiencing in Dallas. There's something so comforting about a warm bowl of soup... and I look forward to trying this!


Thursday 13th of November 2014

When does the wine go in? Or is it just a treat for the cook?


Thursday 13th of November 2014

Haha, I'm busted! ;) I've added it to the instructions - it goes in after the tomato paste.