Tuscan Tortellini Soup delicious and comforting. Made with tomatoes, Italian sausage, garlic, onions, kale, and parmesan cheese; you love this simple meal.
Friends, I love comforting soups like this Tuscan Tortellini Soup and my kids love it too and all because of the cheese tortellini. And while this looks like one of those soups that take hours to make or needs to simmer all day, it isn’t. Can be ready in 30-45 minutes depending on the type of tortellini you use. Easy, delicious and comforting, this soup is great for a crowd.
One of the reasons I love Italian soups is because typically they are heartier full of substance. With ingredients like meat, vegetables, broth and always some sort starch like noodles or potatoes.
While I would say that most meals don’t feel complete just with a soup, this Tuscan Tortellini Soup is a meal. And it will fill everyone up.
This soup is by far one of my favorites and it all happened by accident. I started out thinking I was creating something else and well it didn’t work out. I didn’t want to throw what I had away so I just added tortellini and a few seasonings and this Tuscan Tortellini Soup is what became of it.
I first posted this recipe back in March of 2014, see the original photo below. And while we have only made it a few times since, I am kicking myself for not making it more. My phone family loves it and it is so easy to throw together.
Another one of our favorite soups is a slow cooker version of this Slow Cooker Tuscan Tortellini Soup, it is just as amazing if want the house to smell like an Italian restaurant at the end of the day. But really they are both just as simple to make.
Tips for making this Tuscan Tortellini Soup.
- Make sure to use crushed tomatoes as the recipe calls for.
- Use a heavy bottom pot.
- I prefer refrigerated tortellini, it just a personal preference but I like the consistency in the pasta.
- If you are trying to save money then use dry tortellini.
- Adjust the heat, if you boil this soup too long then it will become thick and more like a stew.
- To adjust the consistency of the soup us chicken broth. Adding up to 1-2 cups more chicken broth will make the soup not as thick.
Another easy soup that we love, an old classic on the site as well is my Creamy Tuscan Soup. This soup is actually my husbands favorite that I make and you know what, I don’t make that soup enough either.
I really love how kale works in this tortellini soup recipe. It cooks down just to the right texture and I prefer it over spinach. Spinach would work but I feel like it gets too overcooked and become slimy. Kale is hearty enough to balance the entire dish out. And my kids don’t even notice it while they are eating. Bonus!
This recipe is great for gatherings and feeds a crowd and is great for a chilly evening. Enjoy this favorite of our family – Tuscan Tortellini Soup! We love it and so will you. Enjoy! XOXO San
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Tuscan Tortellini Soup
- 1 ½ lbs. Italian sausage I love using Spicy Chicken Sausage
- ½ purple onion chopped
- ½ yellow onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 4-6 cups kale roughly chopped
- 1 cup of half and half or whole milk
- 1 box cheese tortellini I use the tortellini in the refrigerated section
- 1 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1/4 cup Italian seasoning
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- In a heavy-bottomed pot, I like to use my cast iron cooking pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and brown sausage. Once completely cooked, drain and set aside.
- Using the same pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add onions and garlic and cook until tender. Once onions and garlic are caramelized, add crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, browned ground sausage & kale.
- Bring to a boil, while stirring frequently, add Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to taste.
- Continue to boil 5-10 minutes to allow flavors to merge.
- If you use dry tortellini, add to soup and cook until al dente, about 15-20 minutes.If you use refrigerated tortellini add to soup and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add half and half and parmesan cheese.
- Simmer for a few more minutes.
- Remove from heat & serve.
Original post photo.