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Cheese Tortellini and Kale Soup Recipe
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Cheese Tortellini and Kale Soup Recipe

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A steaming bowl of this hearty soup is always a welcomed dish with both my family and neighbors. I often serve it when we get together during the cold months to watch football games. I add crusty bread, sliced cheese and grapes to round out the meal. —Marlena Liimatainen, Denton, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 Italian sausage links (4 ounces each), sliced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fennel bulb
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 180 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 641 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage, onion, fennel, garlic, thyme and pepper flakes in oil until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Add broth and water; bring to a boil.
  2. Stir in kale and beans; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until kale is tender. Add tortellini; simmer, uncovered, for 7-9 minutes or until tender. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Cheese Tortellini and Kale Soup in Taste of Home Winning Recipes 3 2012, p51

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Reviewed Apr. 17, 2016

"I have already made it a few times and it has become a family favorite."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"I enjoyed this soup--will make again."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"We really enjoyed this soup but didn't care for the tortellini. We made it a second time and just added another can of beans instead of the tortellini."

Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"I added 2 tbls each of chopped fresh basil and oregano to this. Next Time I will put in a cup of diced carrots with the other vegetables. Flavor is wonderful. I omitted the red pepper beacuse my wife can't handle the hot, and just added a dash of tabasco sauce to my servings.

I will make this again as I needed good recipes to use my Kale from my garden."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"This was an easy soup to make. I followed the recipe, though I did leave out the olive oil in order to reduce the fat content. That may have resulted in the soup not being as flavorful as other soups that I've made with Italian sausage and tortellini. The red pepper flakes gave the soup a little kick; if you like a milder soup, you might want to reduce that spice. Not sure what to change next time to make this a "Wow" soup. Flavors may intensify and blend a little better as it becomes "day old" soup."

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