Tortellini Soup: Easy Soup Recipe with Pictures

Chicken Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe from www.thenaptimechef.com.
Chicken Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe from www.thenaptimechef.com. | Source

Easy soup recipe - can be made in less than 30 minutes!

This chicken sausage tortellini soup recipe is so simple to make, yet is full of wonderful flavors. Kelsey Banfield, The Naptime Chef, created this soup recipe to be made in a short amount of time (while the kids are napping, perhaps), yet delicious enough to please everyone's palates.

This recipe definitely fulfills her motto, "fitting great food into family life."

Made in thirty minutes or less, this soup can be eaten immediately or it can made earlier in the day and warmed up for dinner. I think it is especially good the next day.


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Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup Ingredients

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 12 oz. chicken sausage, sliced (spinach & garlic or sun-dried tomato flavors are good in this soup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 2 t. Italian seasoning
  • 9 oz. cheese tortellini
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz. baby spinach, roughly chopped

Instructions for this easy soup

  1. In a heavy pot, heat oil
  2. Add garlic, onion, and chicken sausage. Cook until the onion is wilted and sausage is cooked
  3. Add chicken broth and Italian seasoning
  4. Bring contents to a boil and then add tortellini
  5. Boil until tortellini is cooked
  6. Lower heat and stir in crushed tomatoes and simmer 10-15 minutes
  7. Add spinach and cook until it is wilted

Step-by-step recipe with pictures

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Heat olive oil in a heavy pot.Chop the onion and garlic. Slice the sausage. I cut the links lengthwise in four pieces, then chop them.Add the onion, garlic, and sausage to pot.Cook until the onion is wilted and the sausage is cooked through.Add chicken stock and Italian seasoning.Stir well and bring to a boil.While I am waiting for the stock to come to a boil, I roughly chop the spinach and set aside.Once the stock comes to a boil, more ingredients can be added.Add the tortellini.Let the tortellini cook (about 5-10 minutes)Add crushed tomatoes.Stir in the crushed tomatoes and let simmer on a lower temperature for about 15 minutes.Add chopped spinach to the tortellini soup.When the spinach wilts, the soup is done. You can either eat it now or simmer to eat later.Tortellini soup is great served with a crunchy bread or toasted bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese or seasonings.
Heat olive oil in a heavy pot.
Heat olive oil in a heavy pot. | Source
Chop the onion and garlic. Slice the sausage. I cut the links lengthwise in four pieces, then chop them.
Chop the onion and garlic. Slice the sausage. I cut the links lengthwise in four pieces, then chop them. | Source
Add the onion, garlic, and sausage to pot.
Add the onion, garlic, and sausage to pot. | Source
Cook until the onion is wilted and the sausage is cooked through.
Cook until the onion is wilted and the sausage is cooked through. | Source
Add chicken stock and Italian seasoning.
Add chicken stock and Italian seasoning. | Source
Stir well and bring to a boil.
Stir well and bring to a boil. | Source
While I am waiting for the stock to come to a boil, I roughly chop the spinach and set aside.
While I am waiting for the stock to come to a boil, I roughly chop the spinach and set aside. | Source
Once the stock comes to a boil, more ingredients can be added.
Once the stock comes to a boil, more ingredients can be added. | Source
Add the tortellini.
Add the tortellini. | Source
Let the tortellini cook (about 5-10 minutes)
Let the tortellini cook (about 5-10 minutes) | Source
Add crushed tomatoes.
Add crushed tomatoes. | Source
Stir in the crushed tomatoes and let simmer on a lower temperature for about 15 minutes.
Stir in the crushed tomatoes and let simmer on a lower temperature for about 15 minutes. | Source
Add chopped spinach to the tortellini soup.
Add chopped spinach to the tortellini soup. | Source
When the spinach wilts, the soup is done. You can either eat it now or simmer to eat later.
When the spinach wilts, the soup is done. You can either eat it now or simmer to eat later. | Source
Tortellini soup is great served with a crunchy bread or toasted bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese or seasonings.
Tortellini soup is great served with a crunchy bread or toasted bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese or seasonings. | Source

Parmesan cheese on tortellini soup

Garnish chicken sausage tortellini soup with Parmesan cheese for a little extra flavor.
Garnish chicken sausage tortellini soup with Parmesan cheese for a little extra flavor. | Source

Serving suggestions

  • Salt and pepper may be added according to taste.
  • This tortellini soup is also excellent served with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Serve soup with crusty bread or toasted bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with seasonings for a richer taste. Parmesan cheese bread would be another excellent choice.


Money-saving tips for leftover soup

Saving leftovers to eat for another meal not only saves time cooking again, but saves money by reducing the number of restaurant meals eaten.

  • Save leftovers by vacuum sealing with a FoodSaver and either freezing or refrigerating the package. Plus, you will have a home cooked meal when you don't have time to cook.
  • Double the recipe and vacuum seal with a FoodSaver and either freeze or refrigerate.
  • Vacuum seal single-sized portions and freeze. In the morning, heat in a microwave and put in a thermos for a warm home cooked lunchtime meal at work or school.

Tip: If you have a vacuum sealer you can also use it to make homemade frozen cookie dough so you can have fresh cookies out of the oven all the time.


Use a FoodSaver for leftover soup to save money

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Store leftovers or double the recipe and save money by vacuum sealing with a FoodSaver.Store vacuum sealed soup in the refrigerator or freezer, depending on when you next want to eat it.Vacuum seal single-sized portions.Single-sized portions can be microwaved in the morning and brought to work or school in a thermos for a warm, home-cooked meal.
Store leftovers or double the recipe and save money by vacuum sealing with a FoodSaver.
Store leftovers or double the recipe and save money by vacuum sealing with a FoodSaver. | Source
Store vacuum sealed soup in the refrigerator or freezer, depending on when you next want to eat it.
Store vacuum sealed soup in the refrigerator or freezer, depending on when you next want to eat it. | Source
Vacuum seal single-sized portions.
Vacuum seal single-sized portions. | Source
Single-sized portions can be microwaved in the morning and brought to work or school in a thermos for a warm, home-cooked meal.
Single-sized portions can be microwaved in the morning and brought to work or school in a thermos for a warm, home-cooked meal. | Source

Bologna, Italy - home of tortellini

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Tortellini is said to have originated in Bologna, Italy.

History of tortellini

Tortellini is a filled pasta and is part of the ripiena family.

Ripiena pastas which are part of many soup recipes include: ravioli, tortelli, agnolotti, and cappelletti.

The first historical reference of this pasta variation is in the 15th century book, De Arte Coquinaria . This tortellini recipe contained not only herbs and spices but also pork, veal, and cheese.

Origin of the shape of tortellini:

Tortellini is from Bologna, Italy and the story goes that tortellini was created as a tribute to the goddess Venus . An innkeeper attempting to spy on the lovely Venus could only see her navel through a keyhole. The navel-sized pasta was created to capture this vision of the goddessVenus .




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Comments 25 comments

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Voted up, useful, interesting and AWESOME. Just in time for the cold weather, too. I can see myself curling up on my sofa with my handmade blankie. A bowl or two for starters. BIG bowls!!! Great recipe and a very entertaining read. Thanks for the research and hard work.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks Arlene. It is hard to stop at one bowl of this soup. I love easy meals like this to make on cool days, especially when they're simmering and making the whole house smell really good!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

This looks absolutely yummy. It is bookmarked for me to make sometime very soon. But I will have to try not to think of it as looking like a navel! LOL! I also put a link in the parmesan cheese toast recipe for your tortellini. They look like a wonderful coupling of flavors.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Yummy and easy! I know, the navel shape thing is weird but it just one of those strange things that you store away in the back of your mind. I made the parmesan cheese toast and it was very good with this tortellini soup. I like the crispiness and flavor of the toast with the soup.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Soup like this is wonderful on a cold day and the pasta in this recipe makes it filling enough to be suitable fora main meal recipe. Nice layout for the page too and it has lots of information that is interesting to read.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

With the upcoming season, it is the perfect time to try this. It looks great and you presented it very well in your article. Very well written.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

2uesday and the thelyricwriter - Thank you both for commenting. This soup does make a very nice dinner on cool nights, and like you said 2uesdays is filling enough since it has the tortellini and sausage in it. I would love to hear back from you if you make it.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Delicious! I cannot wait to try this recipe. Love all the photos you used and also the history of tortellini. Way more than your average recipe hub! Cheers, Steph


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

It is a great recipe Steph. And I think you would enjoy it on a cool Oregon day or a rainy day. What makes it nice is that it is so easy,and that's great especially when you have kids like I know you do.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi ktrapp, I'm bookmarking this awesome recipe. I need more good ideas for making quick meals during the week. After work I just want to cook something easy! Thanks.

Cloverleaf.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Hi Cloverleaf. This tortellini soup is definitely quick and easy so it sounds like it's perfect for you. The other thing I like about it, is that it is easy to have most, if not all, of the ingredients on hand. If you make it, let me know how it goes.


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katiedid101 5 years ago from Rural Iowa

Hi ktrapp. I love tortellini soup. I will have to try this recipe. It's getting to be that time of year where a good bowl of soup will hit the spot. Thanks for the recipe!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This sounds amazing and so easy! Katie is right that it's definitely a good time of year for soups. Thanks for sharing!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

This sounds awesome! Wonder how it would be if I added shrimp? Voted up!


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

This definitely is a good soup. I had some leftover for lunch yesterday and it was terrific.

Habee - I am not really a fish eater myself, but shrimp may be pretty good in it. Let me know if you try it. I am sure there could be a lot of good variations to the recipe to suit individual tastes.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

This tortellini soup looks and sounds delicious! Now I will always think of that innkeeper spying on Venus through a keyhole. :)) Too bad there is not a delicous or scrumptious button. I'll settle for useful and up.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Thank you Peggy. I was thinking the same thing, that there should be a delicious button, when I was looking at Paul Edmondson's apple pie hub the other day with the video.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Wow, this recipe sounds wonderful! I love to have a bowl of warm hearty soup or stew on a cold day. I'll certainly give your tortellini soup a try this winter. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had never know about "Tortellini Soup". But after read this hub and learn the recipes, it sound delicious and your pictures makes me hungry. Thanks for share with us. Vote up and have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Prasetio30 - I'm glad I was able to introduce you to tortellini soup. It is delicious and even better to eat on a cool night.


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

My mouth is watering and I just ate breakfast!!! Thanks for a tantalyzing recipe. I am bookmarking this page.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Storytellersrus - I hope you get the chance to make this soup. It has a lot of flavor and can be made without spending a lot. For anyone looking to reduce the cost I would suggest getting tortellini out of the grocer's freezer section instead of the more expensive refrigerated kind. Thanks for stopping by and bookmarking the recipe.


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

ktrapp, that is great additional information! I will peruse the freezer section as suggested.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois Author

I'm glad it was helpful. Storytellersrus.


toplaptopreview 3 years ago from USA

Tortellini is something that I have always loved. I have never really thought of putting it into soup. I can't wait to try it. Voted up!

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