Holiday Tortellini Soup Recipe
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Holiday Tortellini Soup Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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).
Originally published as Holiday Tortellini Soup in Taste of Home December/January 2009, p74

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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."

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