- 3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1-3/4 cups water
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
- 2-1/4 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Dash crushed red pepper flakes
- Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
- Crumble sausage into a Dutch oven; add onion. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.
Add tortellini; return to a boil. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until almost tender, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; add the spinach, basil, pepper and pepper flakes. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted and tortellini are tender. Serve with cheese if desired.
Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled soup in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).
Reviews for Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup
"Easy and filling, served with garlic/cheese sticks. Only change I made was to use turkey meat balls. Will definitely make again."
"Family favourite. I use 5c prepared chicken broth in place of the canned broth and water and spicy Italian sausage (3 or 4 links removed from casing and crumbled)"
"I too made my own adjustments. I had cooked 1/2 chicken breast in crock , then used frozen spinach. So darn good & easy!!"
"This is definitely a family favorite. I've been making it for over a year, but I, too, have made a few minor changes to it. I use a one-pound package of regular pork sausage instead of the turkey sausage links. Then, to make up for the lack of Italian flavor, I added 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. And to save time, I also threw in a few handfuls of frozen spinach instead of dealing with fresh spinach. Like most soups, it gets even better after it sits overnight--assuming that it lasts that long!"
"Super quick, easy, and delicious! I will definitely make this again. (Even my picky 6-year old liked it!)"
"This is a hearty and wonderfully flavored soup! I used spicy Italian sausage, added 1 chopped green pepper, a couple chopped carrots, and a cup of corn and some extra broth. Delish!"
"Turkey Italian sausage is very bland so I added some fennel seed, anise seed and oregano. Very good, especially with my husband's homemade Italian bread. I think next time I will use regular Italian sausage for better flavor."
"I used hot italian sausage and added half a cup of heavy cream at the end and it was fantastic. Got rave reviews from my family."
"I've made this soup several times as well but with hot Italian sausage. Great flavor and so easy to make. It is amazing! Definitely a keeper!!"