Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup Recipe
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Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup Recipe

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This is my favorite soup recipe. It's quick to fix on a busy night and full of healthy, tasty ingredients. It originally called for spicy sausage links, but I've found that turkey sausage, or even ground turkey breast, is just as good. —Tracy Fasnacht, Irwin, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 203 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 878mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.


  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.
  2. 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).
Originally published as Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p33

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sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 255772
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2016

"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."

ebohuch User ID: 8820941 255196
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"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."

kayjayc User ID: 4277199 254933
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"This is a full-bodied soup that makes a great meal, with a side of crusty bread. I used the hot Italian turkey sausage because we like spicy food. There was mild, not overpowering heat. The preparation was quick and easy. The result is a delicious homemade soup."

bianchidiva User ID: 2664963 254762
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"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!!"

ch29920138 User ID: 8422125 253581
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2016

"Fantastic recipe. I made it and the family loved it. It's a regular on the menu now."

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 249703
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"I've made this soup several times, it is amazing. So much flavor. I only make one change, i use hot Italian sausage."

SipSoupromo User ID: 8764818 248315
Reviewed May. 17, 2016

"i made this for a dinner party and served it in sip 'n style bowls I ordered on amazon.

It was perfect."

BeverlyAlexander User ID: 7961486 245745
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"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."

cindyb925 User ID: 1313663 243830
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"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."

Hvshortstuff User ID: 8714681 242538
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"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."

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