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Holiday Tortellini Soup Recipe

Holiday Tortellini Soup Recipe

Hearty and full of flavor, this Italian-style soup freezes well if you want to make it ahead or have leftovers to save for another day.—Michelle Goggins, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces pancetta or bacon, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (49-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach, rinsed and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pancetta. Cook until crisp. Add onion; cook 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Add cooked tortellini to soup mixture. Stir in crushed tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook just until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 245 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1221mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.

Reviews for Holiday Tortellini Soup

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Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 225614
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"Everyone enjoyed it on a rainy cold evening with sandwich wraps."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 144505
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"This is one of the best soup recipes I've ever made! This will become a regular for our dinners. The things I did differently was use broccoli instead of spinach and I topped it with an italian cheese blend of Mozzarella, Parmesean, Asiago, and Romano instead of just Parmesean. It was delicious!"

dianera User ID: 7373274 99221
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"Made this soup today and truly loved it."

kzebarth User ID: 3927811 99219
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Easily the best soup I have every had. We make this ALL the time. I like to add a bit more tortellini though."

food4urtummy User ID: 6914511 169242
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"my husband is not a soup guy. but this which he calls pizza soup, he has requested it twice in the last two weeks and the first day I made it had three helpings. I added some mushroom and a little bit cauliflower chopped small to it, as well as some sundried tomato seasoning. its GREAT"

10sChick User ID: 4943196 164832
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"This is the soup that launched me into the world of soup making and I can't believe that I never wrote a review of it!! I've been making it steadily for about 1 year and the family absolutely loves Tortellini Soup night when it comes along about once a month. Excellent flavors and a nice comfort food broth. I can't say enough about this amazing soup. If you buy fresh tortellini like I do -- DO NOT cook it ahead. Throw it in at the end of the cooking process and after just a minute or two, it's all ready to devour. I can't tell you if it's better the next day because it never lasts that long."

lkmomma User ID: 4581597 182402
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"This soup is very simple to make but my family agrees it tastes like something from an Italian restaurant. It is very flavorful! I do reduce the spinach by about half though and I have made it with trying either crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce . Very yummy."

1275 User ID: 6324211 166995
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"This tortellini soup is much better than topping cooked tortellini with the traditional spaghetti sauce. I used only 4 cups of chicken broth and used crushed tomatoes instead. You can also use butter instead of olive oil. I also used a 14 oz. package of tortellini which I thought was just the right amount. I left out the spinach as well. It may seem like a rather boring soup with no "substance" except the tortellini, but it was perfect. The chicken and tomatoes flavors blend to make a perfect wintertime comfort food. It it is also amazingly easy and quick!"

LBurkey User ID: 3719865 114409
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"Very unique and delicious"

AngelRyan75 User ID: 4998672 210855
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I absolutely love this soup! It is easy to make and so delicious especially on a cold snowy day in Wyoming."

agnes24 User ID: 4430156 124993
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"This soup was delicious and very flavorful. I didn't use pancetta because I couldn't find it and I thought I had bacon at home and did not. So it was great meatless but I would love to try it with pancetta next time. I will definitely make it again."

doziergirl User ID: 5775806 124985
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"Very yummy soup! I skipped the step of boiling the tortellini separate, and instead added it to the soup a few pieces at a time when the instructions are to bring it to a boil. This worked out fine, and there was one less pot to clean at the end of the day. I omitted the olive oil because the bacon grease was enough to cook the onions - no reason adding extra oil to something that already has bacon grease, right? We'll make this again and again. A simple and great winter recipe!!"

enassar User ID: 351746 166994
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"This is one of my favorite winter day recipes. It is flavorful and so easy to make!"

mamamowe15 User ID: 4646310 105449
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"This was good and my kids loved it. I will add a ton more bacon and a pig package of tortellini next time."

Salt Water Girl User ID: 5062617 164829
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"I love this recipe!"

mehalv User ID: 4612167 182342
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"This was very good. I used diced canned tomatoes and more tortellini than called for."

michelle_lozier User ID: 1075249 185511
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"I added about half as much spinach to make the soup more appealing to my kids. They loved it!"

hccpa User ID: 4636053 182340
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"I made this for dinner last night and my adult daughter who normally doesn't like soup absolutely loved it. My grandson also raved about it. It will certainly become a new favourite in my house."

10sChick User ID: 4943196 166992
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"This soup was so easy to make and the whole family just devoured it. Not always the case when kids are involved. This is a nice "comfort food" type of dish and is very hearty. Loved it."

mommytutu User ID: 4268617 182141
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"i absolutely adore this recipe. it's fast and it makes us want to eat the whole pot. wonderful flavors! we used a mixture of regular and spinach tortellini with three cheeses. this recipe is awesome!"

kangrove User ID: 4731086 182338
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"Very much like a hearty tomato soup with tortellini, spinach, and bacon flavors. I used wheat cheese tortellini and bacon."

VickyGr User ID: 3795063 166947
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"Forgot to buy bacon so I had to skip one ingredient, but the soup was still fantastic! I'm most definitely making this again!"

LinziePA User ID: 489046 115462
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"I posted a review, but forgot to add this note. Besides the additions and changes

made, I also substituted turkey broth for the chicken broth. That has become my new staple - I no longer purchase chicken broth, preferring the taste of the turkey broth in all my recipes."

LinziePA User ID: 489046 169238
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"I made this soup a day in advance and added the tortellini when I heated it up to serve. I think all soups benefit from having the base made a day in advance and adding the noodles before serving so they don't get too soft. I also "tweaked" the recipe by adding about 1-1/2 cups shredded chicken from a roast I had made, and instead of fresh spinach, I defrosted a 10 oz. package of leaf spinach, squeezed dry, which worked well. This is a definite winner for a cold winter's night. Add some bruschetta and you have a complete meal."

sunflwerchick User ID: 4096152 114408
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"VERY GOOD!!!! I used diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and frozen spinach- still very good! My kids ate it all even the spinach."

camtncook User ID: 2707837 169237
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"It was a good, quick dinner after a day of shopping. I followed the recipe up through adding the tomatoes (but not the tortellini). Then we ladled off half for another day (which I will freeze), and put 4 ounces of tortellini and 4 ounces of rinsed, chopped spinach into the remaining soup base. It made enough for for two of us with a little left over for lunch. It's a keeper with lots of possibilities!"

pammylyn User ID: 1563378 181064
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"I make this alot. My Mom just loves it. Its easy to make, very very tasty, and served with some garlic bread is just awesome."

jazzyginger User ID: 3368250 182336
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"This soup appeals to the eye and the tastebuds! I made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand (ham for the bacon, frozen spinach instead of fresh and chicken-flavored broth instead of chicken broth), but the soup was still great."

cbert User ID: 4190070 114405
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"This soup was very good. It was fast and easy to make. I drained a can of diced tomatoes and added it to the soup. I will be making this recipe again."

mesnider955 User ID: 1356262 100407
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2009

"This is my families favorite soup now, even in the summer. I use peppered bacon instead of the pancetta. This gave it a smoked flavor and the pepper gave it a zing.


jdhmds User ID: 3037848 144503
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"I made this soup when I seen the recipe in my Taste of Home magazine. We always have tortellini on hand so I thought it would be a different way to enjoy it. My fiance and I were so impressed. Neither one of us had ever cooked with fresh spinach before and we were both pleasantly surprised. This is a great soup for those cold winter nights!"

arobbins User ID: 3776526 210854
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"This soup was fantastic! Very easy and fast. I used shredded cabbage instead of spinach and added some shredded chicken to the recipe. Will become a regular recipe on our menu."

maryellen526 User ID: 1505967 166945
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2008

"A very delicious soup and so very easy to prepare. I made this soup to have with our Christmas dinner and it was a big hit with everyone. I have printed the recipe out for 5 other people. By the way, any type of large pot you would normally use for soup is fine. Also I think using the ingredients listed is the best way to go. Too good to change a thing."

Dianebr User ID: 2553740 182139
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"A |Stock pot will work well,I am in the health care feid and recently made this recipe for a patient and her family, it was absolutely delicious. I also used the bottled bacon that you use for salads , it can be bought with 50% less fat and it really turned out good."

kmacdonellx4 User ID: 3645386 182325
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"I don't have one either. I just use my stock pot and have not had any problems. If were to go into the oven, I'm not sure it would work."

tbull98 User ID: 1801092 180992
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"Ok this looks good and fairly easy to make but I don't have a dutch oven could just a good stock pot work as well?"

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