Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup Recipe
- 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
- 1. 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).
1-1/3 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 203 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 878 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g protein.
Reviews for Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup
"I made this recipe and everyone raved over it!! It was absolutely delicious. Everyone wanted recipe. That's how you really know if they like it or are just being nice. My daughter in-law loved it and she hates soup! I, however, went with the original version and used spicy italian sausage rather than turkey sausage or ground turkey, but I'm sure they would also be fine."
"On this icy cold Michigan winter day this hot soup was AWESOME! I used Italian chicken sausage cut into chucks, in addition to the actual recipe I added some fresh sliced mushrooms, fresh sugar snap peas that were in the fridge and about a tablespoon of chicken soup base. I posted a picture of my masterpiece online, it looked fabulous. I only wish some of my friends were closer so they could have tasted the yummyiness too."
"I made this soup last night and it was so amazing I am sharing it with everyone I know. I made a few changes due to lack of reading the recipe fully. I used pork Italian sausage instead of turkey and let it brown really well. I omitted both peppers, red pepper because my little tongue doesn't do well with spice and black because I failed to see it when I read the recipe. I used dried basil because my market was out of fresh. Other than that I made it exactly as the recipe reads, even with the water, which did not dilute the flavor at all. I will make this over and over again, I cannot express how good it was."
"Super easy and delicious! My daughter keep asking me to make this one again :D"
"I loved this soup! Great flavor combination and only gets better the next day. The addition of sausage makes it a hearty meal all by itself. Grate some fresh Parmesan over the top and it is heaven. Would definitely make this one again."
"Made a huge pot of this soup for Christmas Bunco with the girls. At someone's suggestion, I cooked it a day ahead to let the flavors blend overnight. I used Italian sausage (like hamburger) from the meat department. I too omitted the water and added extra chicken broth. I'm not fan of spinach so I used escarole lettuce instead. It turned bright green and with the ITALIAN tomatoes I used, the soup had colors of red and green and really looked festive. Oh and I used whole wheat tortellini. I served it with the Onion Swiss Cheese Bread Ring and that heavenly Marinated Olive and Cheese Ring. Everyone raved about the meal! We had Christmas cookies for dessert."
"Husband and I loved this. I used Johnsonville Hot'n Spicy Bratwurst (19 oz), forgot the water and chose not to use the Parmesan cheese. It was absolutely delicious and filling with just the right amount of kick...keeps you coming back for more."
"Great for the holidays"
"I used mild Italian sausage as I can't get turkey sausage where we live. We found it salty and lacking flavour."
"Fantastic satisfying weeknight meal. I made it vegetarian using vegetable broth and Tofurkey sun dried tomato and basil Italian "sausage". Delicious!"
"Perfect! There is a reason so many people have given this recipe 5 stars."
"A favorite for sure. Made it 3 times so far, used tomatoes out of my garden but otherwise followed the recipe. Delicious!"
"I love this soup!!! I cook the tortellini before adding it to the soup at the end."
"loved it - used hot italian sausage."
"I only give a 3 star because Italian food should not be HOT!!!Eliminated the red pepper flakes, thank you very much. Otherwise, simple, easy and good. Oh ya, used home grown tomatoes, cooked down."
"I scrolled past this recipe on the TOH site and saw all the great reviews. Decided to try and WOW! Wonderful flavor, easy to throw together and a satisfying meal. We used a "hot" turkey sausage and loved the kick. I can see this being a regular recipe in our fall/winter lineup."
"Delish! Substitutions made. Used sweet italian sausage, fresh chicken stock, chopped tomatoes w/basil, sweet Italian sausage tortellini, creole seasoning (instead of pepper). Added spice and flavor!"
"My husband said this is his new favorite! I used two 32 oz cartons of chicken broth and omitted the water, Johnsonville mild Italian sausage, frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry, and diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings. Really nice flavor. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!"
"Outstanding!! need I say more......"
"I made this soup yesterday and LOVED it! It was really quick and easy to make. I am sitting at work wishing I would have brought some for lunch."
"Outstanding flavour! My whole family loved this soup. They told me it's a 'keeper', which in my family means it becomes part of our regular rotation of meals."
"Very good...But forget the turkey sausage and use real pork.. I also add a little more tortellini. Just my preference...And I used stewed tomatoes in place of diced...Other than that, excellent..."
"We love this soup. Very filling and delicious."
"This is so easy and tasty, actually better the next day."
"One of our favorite soups! So good!"
"Excellent! I like to use kale instead of spinach sometimes."
"This was fabulous!"
"My family loved this!"
"This soup was awesome! Great flavor and it took me 30 minutes to make and tasted like it simmered for three hours. I used only 1 cup of water (more chicken broth), used diced tomatoes with oregano and onion, and fat-free/reduced sodium chicken broth to reduce the calories further. I also had frozen tortellini so I used those as I think they hold up better than fresh."
"5 stars!!!Love the flavor! I used garlic with olive oil diced tomatoes and chicken stock instead of water."
"I sauteed shredded kale with no stems with the onion and added carrots, add garlic after. I generally find adding garlic and other potentially harsher arromatics later so they don't burn is the right call. I then added a teaspoon of sweet paprika, a bay leaf, and two thyme sprigs right before the broth and tomatoes (replace water with all broth). Turned out fantastic. For the finer palate, a cup of gruyere added really is awesome in lieu of parmesan. Should note I doubled the recipe as well so all measures reflect that. Dankness."
"Very good ......I subtititued escarole for spinach...excellent"
"Love this recipe! I did make a couple changes, I added carrots when cooking the onions, and I used canned tomatoes seasoned with garlic and onion ( included the juices) I also included a bag of frozen green beans before adding the spinach and tortellini. My husband does not care for soups generally, however he LOVES this soup!!! Definitely a keeper!!!!"
"This is wonderful!! Made a few changes based solely on family preferences. Halved the garlic, used all chicken broth, and 1/4 t. Dried basil, then very low simmer (covered) for 30 minutes. My family likes tri color penne , so actually boiled that separately, and set up a "soup bar" where you could assemble this any way you like. Pasta, spinach, ladle soup over , cheese. A huge keeper. Thank you!"
"The best soup ever!"
"This soup was amazing! Even if you are not into this type of soup, it is a MUST try. I used red onion, spicy sausage instead of the turkey sausage; chicken broth instead of water (added extra), and a carton of fresh Cherub cherry tomatoes instead of a can of diced tomatoes. Enjoy!"
"Best soup I've ever had."
"This turned out well."
"Easy & yummy! My husband LOVES this soup! I've changed it up on occasion by substituting fresh green beans for spinach (or add both), use pre-cooked thawed italian meatballs cut into quarters, or roasted cherry tomatoes to add."
"made with meat tortelli 2nd time and was very good as well/ instead of sausage"
"My husband loves this soup. I add more broth so that it is not so thick."
"This was very easy to make. If you like it "soupier", add a little more broth. I made everything as is and the family wants me to cook it again!"
"I made a few changes to this soup to accommodate what I had on hand. It was super easy and delicious! I'm not a fan of sausage so I omitted that. I added sweet peppers to the onion. And used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. I also didn't have fresh spinach so I thawed some frozen spinach, squeezed it and crumbled that in. I would definitely make this again. The red pepper flakes gave it a hint of spice and the parmesan cheese on top was a nice finishing touch."
"This is the most excellent soup that you can make. It is quick and easy. Our family loves it."
"Yum! Will make again."
"This is a family favorite! I use spicy regular Italian Sausage."
"Absolutely delicious!! The parmesan cheese added while the soup is served adds to the flavor. The only change I made was to add more chicken broth ...6-7 cups of broth and omitted the water. Since the tortellini absorbs some of the liquid, not enough liquid is left for leftovers if more broth is not added at the start."
"bland...I think jimmy dean original sausage would have been better. probably won't cook again."
"No wonder this recipe is a contest winner. It was delicious - very flavorful - and hearty. I used a total of two 32 oz Swanson chicken broth boxes because I thought it needed more broth to match the tortellini and because of other reviewers saying the same thing... I was glad I did. I did not use the water because of what other reviewers said about replacing it with broth, which my bigger boxes of broth took care of. I skipped the can of diced tomatoes because I'm not a fan but I can see how they would add to the soup for others. The recipe calls for turkey sausage but I used regular Italian sausage and it calls for 12 oz but I had 16 oz so I used the whole thing. For the refrigerated tortellini, I used the tiny cheese raviolettis that Buitoni offers. I used fresh spinach from one of the 9 oz "salad" bags (probably used about 7 oz of it and didn't chop it up) and I did two tablespoons of the fresh basil because I love it. I used more than a dash of red pepper... did a couple of shakes. We did put shredded parmesan on top and I highly recommend. I served the soup with really good five grain bread and butter and, as I write this, I wish I was having the meal again tonight because it was AMAZING."
"Hot italian sausage is the way 2 go and the soup pot was empty. A definate keeper!"
"Great recipe! Fast and delicious. My 6 year old loves it and he is a tough critic. Btw I used both sweet and spicy sausage."
"Made it with hot Italian sausage. Loved it! It was very tasty and colorful. Was as good or better than soups served in restaurants."
"didn't like it"
"This is the best, easiest soup I've ever made. No changes are necessary."
"I used hot sausage and added more sausage/pasta than it called for and it turned out GREAT! My husband loved it and I love it!"
"This soup is quick, easy, and delicious all in one!!! I've made this many times and my fiance loves it!!!!!!"
"Made this over the weekend and it was deicious!"
"This was good. I substituted what I had on hand. Used a box of frozen spinach and substituted 8 oz of a bagged tortellini. Used a roasted diced tomato which had some additional seasoning. My picky son liked it. so I'd say it was a hit.."
"this is one of my favorite soups now. used fresh tomatoes and spinach from farmers market when making it the first time and it was delicious. Tastes just as good maybe better second day"
"This recipe has become one of my Family Favorites! It makes a great Meatless Monday dinner ... I just omit the sausage and add a package of cream cheese (cut into cubes) 5 minutes before serving. Allow the cream cheese to melt and stir into the soup for added richness."
"Delicious!!! Used sweet basil sausage & Italian seasoned tomatoes."
"Absolutely fabulous. This has been in my recipe box for some time. Finally, got to try it tonight. It was enjoyed by all. Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous recipe."
"Fabulous! (I have meat-eaters in the family, so I cooked the hot Italian turkey sausage with a pound of ground turkey. When I make this again, I'll add some bite-sized chicken to the turkey as well. I used crushed Italian tomatoes instead of the diced variety. Next time I will also add the tortellini to each bowl because the leftovers soaked up too much of the liquid.) You gotta try this recipe!"
"A really awesome soup. I love how I can get different flavors from every spoonful. I made it with regular sausage because I couldn't find turkey sausage nor did I care for it that much. Came out wonderful, but I was a little spicy."
"Love Love loved it! Did I mention that I loved it. I had been looking for a soup that wasn't so full of salt, healthy YET delicious! This was wonderful, tasty, hearty and VERY fulfilling. The only thing I did differently was add stewed tomatoes instead of diced. I like the chunky tomatoes, plus it adds more veggies to your meal. Its cold here now so I am excited to get off and head to the grocery store so that I can make a pot tonight! Yummy! p.s. if you sprinkle a little Parmesan shredded cheese on top its gives it an even better flavor!"
"Very filling soup. Great for a cold winter night. I used all chicken stock and eliminated the water. Also added chopped celery and carrots. I made mine in the crockpot and let it simmer while at work. Just cooked the tortellini and added it and the basil and spinach before serving. It tastes great the next day."
"Everytime I serve this to guests they want the recipe! I bet we have this once a month for dinner. I use Italian style chopped tomatoes and it gives it even more flavor. Great recipe."
"Really enjoyed this soup, quick and easy to make too! I used spicy sausages to give it some extra spice."
"This is the only soup my entire family (including kids age 7 & 3) loves! I use a pound of ground turkey sausage and season it with a mixture I found at http://www.food.com/recipe/turkey-breakfast-sausage-patties-100408. I also use all chicken broth (no water), and I double the tortellini. Very filling, easy, and delicious!"
"I have made this soup several times and we enjoy it more each time! I use bulk Italian sausage instead which saves time. It is so easy to make and perfect on a cold night with crusty Italian bread!!! I also add mushrooms, and red and green peppers on top of everything it already calls for and it's always amazing!!!"
"Used Johnsonville hot Italian sausage and closer to 9 oz. spinach. All three of my kids said they'd have liked it to have had more tortellini. Overall, very good though."
"Easy and tasty"
"Every one in family absolutely loves it!"
"My whole family enjoyed this recipe - I substituted spinach for mushrooms because that's what I had on hand, and I added a less water than is called for in the recipe. This was a quick and easy weeknight meal!"
"Love it! I made two pots of soup using this recipe yesterday for a family dinner. One pot was exactly as written and it was wonderful, will definitely make again and again. The other pot of soup was for vegetarians, so it was meatless; I used vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth and, for variety, butternut squash ravioli in place of the tortellini. What was leftover went for lunch today so it was very good also."
"Excellent. A new family favorite!"
"Everyone LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this! Definitely a keeper!"
"<p>This recipe is truly excellent. But I suggest a couple alterations for finicky eaters. I used CRUSHED tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes, it gives the broth a wonderful red color, plus you get the flavor of tomatoes without the texture. Second, I add about 3 medium petitley diced carrots and saute them with the onions and sausage. You get an extra veggie serving in there and it adds a pop of color, almost too pretty to eat! It's a real hit with everyone, I've started tripling the recipe and freezing it so I always have some on hand."
"4 1/2 stars, very good and easy to fix"
"I made this soup substituting vegetarian sausage for the italian sausage and vegetable broth for the chicken broth and the vegetarians and meat lovers at my house all loved it."
"Amazing - one of the best soups I've ever made!"
"Great recipe. I followed it exactly and my family said they would like it often."
"This recipe is so easy and fast. My husband has asked for it several times!"
"The best soup ever. I made it for a family gathering and everyone raved about it. I added a can of Rotel to zip it up a bit!"
"This was so good. Even my picky family loved it and asked for seconds. I used a large chicken broth and decreased the water to only a cup. Next time I will omit the water and use more broth"
"This recipe was marvelous. Even my vegetable shy daughter ate it- spinach and all! We're definitely making this one again."
"This is one of the easiest recipes I've ever made. But instead of using Turkey sausage, I used Johnsonville Three Cheese Italian Style Chicken Sausages."
"I only edited one major thing in this recipe, and that was the onions. My fiance doesn't like regular onions but will eat green onions if I put them in soup, so I used a stalk of green onions chopped in exchange for an onion. I also nearly tripled the amount of tortellini, and I used three cans of chicken broth instead of the one can chicken broth + water. I ended up buying a 16 ounce package of Italian Sausage instead of of taking a part 3 4-ounce sausages. So, other than changing the amount I put in of certain ingredients, lol, I nearly followed the recipe, and it was fantastic! I'll be keeping this recipe for years to come!"
"This is super easy to make, ready in no time and delicious. Everyone I've ever served it to has loved it. Paired with some crusty bread, this is a mega-pleasing lunch or dinner!"
"I doubled this recipe, used tri-colored tortellinis and ground turkey instead of sausage. To add some spicy flavor I used one can of diced tomatoes and one can of diced tomatoes w/chiles. I also added a can of white beans (drained/rinsed). This is such a hearty, delicious soup!"
"Wasn't sure about the recipe when I started out with the first few ingredients but LOVED the end result! I used whole grain tortellini and added some fresh tomato. I let the first 6 ingredients simmer for about 1 hour before I added the rest."
"My family LOVES this! My sister in law even wanted the recipe. Its a quick, easy, family pleasing meal!"
"My husband and I made this recipe together...It was amazing!!! Thank you for the post, I will definitely be making this recipe again!!! :)"
"First time to rate a recipe after many years of enjoying Taste of Home, Simple and delcious and Healthy Cooking! This is awesome! My Italian husband wasn't sure with the addition of spinach, but loved it and rated as a "keeper""
"Firsttime to rate a recipe after many years of enjoying Taste of Home, Simple and delcious and Healthy Cooking! This is awesome! My Italian husband wasn't sure with the addition of spinach, but loved it and rated as a "keeper""
"I doubled the amount of tortellini to make it thicker and it was still amazing:)"
"Quick and easy meal on a cold night. Wonderful flavor along with a loaf of hot baked bread makes for a complete comfort meal. A favorite recipe now."
"Wow this is good! We like lots of flavor and this has it. Very filling w/some crusty garlic bread. Don't skimp on the garlic."
"The day I made it I wasn't terribly impressed, but it was better the next day. It gave the flavors time to "marry"."
"I substituted Italian Pork Sausage & Frozen Tortellini. Easy to make and really yummy!!"
"This was absolutely wonderful....I just substituted turkey for the turkey sausage...I hate sausage..WONDERFUL!"
"I have been looking for a good tasting & easy restaurant quality tortellini soup-this recipe is a keeper. I doubled it, used frozen tortellini & frozen spinach. I also used hot turkey sausage and homemade chicken stock. Very filling, but also light, tasty, no added salt and good for you. I love the ease that this comes together-one pot, chop an onion & garlic and toss everything else in. It was finished so quickly too..a little parmesan adds salt and creaminess that makes it just perfect. Yummo."
"Very yummy! Doubled this and used home canned tomatoes and thawed swiss chard instead of spinach. Next day the tortellini's started falling apart and absorbed a lot of the liquid still very tasty but better the first day."
"I used precooked turkey sausage breakfast patties chopped instead of the links. It was absolutely wonderful!! It freezes very well, tastes just as fresh as the day it's made. I added a dash of cayan pepper instead of the red pepper flakes, and doubled up on the tomatoes."
"I just made this tonight. It was a hit! Great taste, easy and healthy!"
"Didn't have spinach on hand so I used some green peppers. We loved it!"
"So yummy! Even my mom, who swore she'd never like italian sausage, liked this soup."
"I added a tsp of salt, and substituted the crushed red pepper flakes for 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper because that what was in the pantry! Every delicious..I just ate 3 bowls!!"
"Me and my family love this soup. I have made it at least every other week since I found the recipe."
"This was very good. It tasted even better to me heated up the next day for lunch. definitly making this again."
"This soup is delicious and easy to make. I,ve made it several times and everyone loves it. You can substitute the tortellini with Bowtie pasta and it's still fabulous! This recipe ia a keeper!"
"Simple, fast, tasty. Add some crusty french bread and you have a great meal. I used frozen tortellini and it didn't seem to make any difference. I also used a can of diced Italian tomatoes instead of regular diced tomatoes and it gave the soup a little more flavor. Another keeper recipe!"
"Heck yes, I would make this again! This soup is absolutely delicious...may have just become the favorite."
"This family favorite is requested often. I usually follow the recipe as written, but have substituted bulk sausage, frozen tortellini or frozen spinach based on what I have on hand"
"This family favorite is requested often - I usually follow the recipe as written, but have substituted bulk sausage, frozen tortellini or frozen spinach based on what I have on hand"
"My whole family loved this! Fantastic flavor!"
"Wonderful recipe! The whole family loved it."
"I make this soup at least once a month. My family loves it. I have shared this with my "recipe club" at work and everybody who has made it loves it."
"I made this soup for dinner tonight, and it is awesome!! I subbed kale for the spinach (personal taste) with delicious results. Definitely recommend this recipe to others."
"This soup was delicious just as written. I did not make any changes. It had great flavor our whole family liked"
"The soup has become a family favorite- I have introduced it to many family & co-workers who all have returned with rave reviews!"
"HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS FOR YEARS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO GRANDMAS RECIPE!"
"This soup was fantastic. Got a lot of request for this recipe when I made it for a function I went too."
"I have made this recipe many, many times. My family loves it!"
"I just made this soup for dinner and it was very good! Was fast and easy to make. I didn't use the whole bag of spinach because my family just prefers a little less. :)"
"This got top ratings from my family, particularly my husband. I didn't have any spinach so I used red pepper."
"I really like the flavors of this soup. This is the ideal soup to pair with a salad and breadsticks."
"The best soup I have ever tasted!!!"
"Doubled this recipe and brought to work, should have tripled..gone in a flash! Everyone really enjoyed. Great soup and hearty, too! Yum!"
"I just did not think it had much flavor."
"I tried this soup for the first time last week. It was delicious. I used a seeded jalapino pepper in place of pepper flakes as I had some from my garden. I also just used bulk Italian sausage. I have already shared this recipe with my daughters."
"I have now made this yummy soup several times. My family and coworkers all agree it's a "keeper!""
"A bit too much spinach for my husband and me. I think I will substitute some zucchini next time. Other than that, it was easy to prepare and tasty to eat. Leftovers were even better."
"Great flavor and easy to make. I didn't have any Italian sausage so I used country sausage and added Italian seasoning and some fennel. Otherwise I pretty much made it as written and served it with small sandwiches. Great meal for the Fall."
"Awesome! I made this for the first time when I got my magazine in the mail...and make it probably once a month through the fall and winter. Everyone that tastes it raves! Simple and very delicious."
"I made this recipe as written and it was delicious!!! My husband loved it too and it will definitely be a repeat in my house."
"My mom gave me this recipe a few years ago, she used zucchini instead of spinach. I've used either one, or green beans! Delcious!"
"added left over chicken, cilantro, celery and sundried tomatoes - DELICIOUS... no one knew they were eating leftovers. I kept the sausages also but used chicken/apple sausages."
"Awesome! We used 4 regular italian sausage links, rather than the 3 italian turkey sausage links suggested. Also, I kept the casings on the sausage - much easier."
"I make this all the time, light, healthy and delicious!"
"This soup is fantastic!! Major raves reviews and seconds by all made this pot disappear quickly."
"I love this recipe!!! I have used ground beef or regular Italian sausage."
"Everyone enjoyed the soup along with slices of Garlic Bread. I used 1 lb. of ground Italian Pork Sausage instead of links. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as is. Very, Very, Good!"
"I actually prepared this recipe with a 28 ounce can of Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, a 32oz. carton of Beef Broth and a 19 oz. bag of frozen Cheese Totellini,defrosted. I added a dash of Tabasco instead of the red pepper flakes and used the sweet Turkey links as well. I am one of those cooks who believes in improvising with ingredients on hand and recipes always seems turned out well for me. Be Creative!"
"Made this for guinea pig guests. Excellent, easy and quick. This is going in the permanent file."
"This is the BEST soup! For the italian sausage, I use one half Johnsonville Italian Hot and one half Johnsonville Italian Sweet. It's a nice blend and gives the soup a little bite. I also add sliced fresh mushrooms. Took it to a soup and sandwich at church and received several requests for the recipe. Heidi Launer, Alamogordo, NM"
"This is my husband's favorite soup."
"I forgot to mention that I used 2- 28 oz cans of Hunt's diced tomatoes for my double batch."
"My husband and I loved this very much, though I admit to making a few changes to suit our tastes.I doubled the recipe for a bigger batch and used 10 links of Johnsonville spicy italian pork sausage (my man likes meat) instead of 6 turkey sausage links. I sliced the sausage into pieces and added the garlic with the onions and meat from the start instead of waiting. I added the dried basil, black pepper, and red pepper flakes when I added the broth and tomatoes (I did not add any water) so it would cook longer in the soup and pull more flavors out. (I used more seasoning than recipe called for and used 2 heaping tsps of dried basil, 1 tsp of black pepper, and added 3/4 tsp red pepper to suit our need for heat)I also added 3 tbs of chicken bouillon and 1 heaping tsp of onion powder because we like our flavors stronger and the tomatoes were a bit too dominant. The rest I just followed the recipe and voila! Going to make this over and over again. :)"
"Loved the soup,! I will cut back on the water next time, just for more flavor. I added sliced fresh mushrooms to mine. I may try to add pasta next time instead of the tortellini jut to see how it taste ....."
"Everyone ate it and that is a big deal in my house. Usually, half will like, half won't (3 children, 5 adults). Didn't have tortellini or ravioli, so made due with rotini pasta. Also, omitted red pepper flakes cuz of the kids. Doubled the recipe of course and served with shredded mozarella (didn't have parm). Added garlic bread and viola! Yummy for all!"
"Tasted delicious , looked beautiful, and was easy to make. The perfect recipe!"
"Everytime I make this recipe for friends and co-workers I am asked for the recipe. This recipe rates 6 GOLD STARS!!!!"
"This has become a family favorite! Easy, quick and delicious!"
"Very good soup. Not a huge sausage fan. Tastes best the first day. More sausagey aroma after flavors meld."
"Such a easy, quick, delicious soup. Didn't have any tortellini, so I used cheese ravioli. My husband loved it!"
"This is a great soup to impress. It is very easy and so delicious. Great with a side of crusty bread. Be sure to just barely cook the tortellini as they can overcook very quickly."
"This recipe was so quick to fix and really delicious. My family said it's a keeper."
"This is one of the best soup recipes I have. Simple to make and packed full of flavor."
"This soup is very delicious and very low fat and low calorie."
"This soup is a snap to make, and it received heaps of praise from my mother-in-law when I made it for her! The soup is full of scrumptious flavors with just the right amount of heat."
"The flavor of this is incredible for such few and simple ingredients. I will make this many times. I used fresh basil and my local grocery only had sweet italian turkey so I was sure to give it a few shakes of red pepper flakes. The only thing I changed was I omitted the water. We like ours a little thicker and I like to avoid the carbs in the crackers that I typically use for that purpose. Two thumbs up. Oh and my eight yr old ate 3 bowls so your kids will like it too. :)"
"This was so good and healthy and easy. It was a little spicy so I left out the papper & red pepper and used a little less turkey Italian sausage. The flavor was intense and the parmesan was a nice added touch. I will surely make this again."
"Great recipe.I used pork Italian sausage,frozen spinach and frozen tortellini because that is what I had on hand and it worked just as well.I definitely will keep making this"
"Fast and delicious!"
"Absolutely fabulous! I used "hot" turkey sausage - I loved the pep this soup had."
"I made 3 different soups for Super Bowl and this was the favority by far!! Husband said it was the best soup he ever had!"
"This soup is delicious! I will definitely make it again. I used loose hot, italian sausage that was surprisingly lean, because my husband loves spicy food, and I left out the pepper flakes. Next time I will try it with a different sausage just for a change, but this recipe is a keeper!"
"I LOVE this recipe! To add a little flair to it by adding 4oz of fat free cream cheese and a cap full of Mrs. Dash HOT seasoning"
"This recipe is so simple and absolutely deliciouos. My family loved it. I will definitely be adding it to my regular recipe rotation."
"This is the first time, I've written a review...but it is also the first time I've felt compelled to! This is very tasty, for the amount of time and effort that is put into making the recipe. Very easy to make!!!I don't even like spinach...but this soup is soooo good!!I used sausage mince, in place of the Italian turkey sausage links, as this is what I had on hand.This was excellent and I will definitely be making this again!! Well done!"
"My husband and I both agree this was delicious. Next time I will make a double batch so I can share it with family. Thank you MMB"
"I made this last night and doubled the recipe, hoping to have leftovers. No such luck! My family loved this soup and said it's a keeper!"
"I used some bulk pork sausage that I had on hand, but I think I will try it with some bulk turkey Italian seasoned sausage to get the benefit of the lower calories. We really enjoyed the soup, and yes, I'll make it again! I served it with my home made Artisan bread with rosemary seasoning. Yum!"
"This is one of our favorite soups! My husband and I fight over the leftovers and the kids love the tortellini and they even eat some of the spinach--I love that it is good for us too!"
"Wow... so easy, so flavorful. It's on my list to repeat soon.Omitted the pepper flakes and used hot Italian sausage instead, like a couple of other posters did."
"I Love this soup. It will be one that I will make again and again."
"This is a great soup! I used hot Italian sausage and omitted the pepper flakes. It was so good I sent the recipe to my son who owns a bistro so he could try it too."
"I love this soup. I didn't use the sausage, but added some left over shredded chicken instead. I didn't pre-cook the tortellini, I just let the soup simmer. Thank you for a great recipe!!"
"I love to make soup; this one has become one of my family's favorite."
"I didn't change anything except that I buy bulk Italian sausage (it's cheaper than links) and it has become my family's absolutely favorite soup. I love it because I can make it after work and know it will be a hit. I've also brought it to friends who need a meal. Great recipe!"
"I liked this soup. I made a couple of small changes. I did not add the water, and I'm glad that I did. I used a low-sodium organic chicken broth. I also added about 1 Tbsp of tomato paste. I used HOT turkey sausage, so I didn't need the red pepper. I love basil, but I chose thyme and oregano as my seasoning.This recipe came together fast, and it is very good. Thanks!"
"Amazing flavor for a quick soup."
"This recipe was enjoyed even by my picky hubby! I added a can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, and it was terrific."