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 cups: 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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kst8mom User ID: 8206319 263861
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2017

"A friend recommended this recipe. Made the soup for the first time. My husband is asking for it again within a few days. Loved it!"

gastonia User ID: 8214490 260496
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"easy and filling, served with garlic/cheese sticks. Only change I made was to use turkey meat balls. Will definitely make again."

carmomtammy User ID: 139522 259455
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2017

"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)"

CLB332@YAHOO.COM User ID: 2965971 259274
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"I too made my own adjustments. I had cooked 1/2 chicken breast in crock , then used frozen spinach. So darn good & easy!!"

amidi User ID: 6104444 259211
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"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!"

ldowns79 User ID: 6085681 258409
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

"Super quick, easy, and delicious! I will definitely make this again. (Even my picky 6-year old liked it!)"

Elizabeth User ID: 8991371 258364
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2016

"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!"

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."

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