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5-Ingredient Tortellini Soup

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5 Ingredient Easy Tortellini Soup |

I have another 5-ingredient soup recipe for you today! It’s actually one that I made in a hurry a few weeks ago for the live broadcast of The Sound Of Music.

I’d had ambitions to make a spread full of crisp apple streudel and schnitzel with noodles, but alas, it turned into one of those days when everything on my list took twice as long. And about an hour and a half before a dozen girls showed up for the party, I had zero food prepared. So I decided to improvise with a bag of frozen tortellini and make this soup, to be served with these quick and easy pretzels. The soup literally took about 2 minutes to throw together, and the pretzels took a half hour. So somehow when everyone showed up, dinner was miraculously ready to be served!

And wouldn’t you know it, my little 5-ingredient soup experiement worked! In fact, one of the girls even said that it was one of the best soups she’d “ever had”. (Music to this musical cook’s ears…)  Everyone helped themselves to a steaming warm bowl of soup, and then we settled in to watch the musical together. I think the soup may have gotten better reviews…

But that debate aside, since all of the other 5-ingredient soup recipes on the blog seem to be such a hit, I thought I’d share this easy one with you today. If you love Italian soup and tortellini, it would probably be a good idea to add this to next week’s menu pronto. ;)

5 Ingredient Easy Tortellini Soup |

Ok, first up, the all-important 5 ingredient list. For this soup, you need:

  • frozen tortellini
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • an onion
  • chicken broth
  • Italian seasonings (I’m hooked lately on McCormick’s Tuscan Seasoning — it’s my favorite!)

5 Ingredient Easy Tortellini Soup |

All you have to do is literally throw all of the ingredients together in a big stockpot, stir them together, bring to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes until the onions are tender.

5 Ingredient Easy Tortellini Soup |

Then voila — tortellini soup is ready to go!

I highly recommend garnishing the soup with a little parmesan cheese if desired. (Ok, I highly recommend this — ingredient #6!)  And I even sprinkled mine with a very light extra dusting of seasonings to make it pretty.

The flavors are simple, but very tasty. And I’m telling you — just throw out the “t” word, and people will already fall in love with the soup. I don’t know what magic pixie dust is sprinkled inside tortellini, but it never fails to please a crowd at my house.

5 Ingredient Easy Tortellini Soup |

And get ready, because this soup might just turn into one of your “favorite things” too. ;)

5 Ingredient Easy Tortellini Soup |

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5-Ingredient Tortellini Soup

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  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 4-6 servings 1x


This 5-Ingredient Tortellini Soup is super easy, and super tasty!


  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (20 oz.) bag pre-cooked frozen cheese tortellini (or any kind of tortellini)
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning, store-bought or homemade
  • (optional topping: freshly-grated Parmesan cheese)


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a large stockpot, and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce soup to medium-low, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Serve warm, topped with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.


**I know this “ups” the ingredient total, but if you love garlic, this soup is EXTRA delicious with 2-3 cloves of minced garlic added in.  You can just bring them to a boil with the rest of the ingredients.

Be sure to check out these other great 5-Ingredient Soup Recipes:


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11 comments on “5-Ingredient Tortellini Soup”

  1. Having an 8 month old baby, quick and easy is a must, I am totally making this soup!

  2. I love your recipes! They all sound so yummy and realistic. The only suggestion I would make is I personally would benefit from having nutrition facts. I use it to calculate how many Weight Watcher points the recipes are but I know there are a lot of others out there that watch it for other reasons (watching their sodium intake, trans fat, cholesterol, food allergies, etc). Other than that, keep up the good work!

  3. I LOVE the sound of this! Cheese tortellini and/or ravioli is always SO good in soups! Also, you must be from the Midwest because I see some Hy-Vee products in there! Love it ;).

  4. This soup looks so fresh-tasting! Tortellini is always a good choice. It must be made with magic pixie dust!

  5. I love tortellini soup, a perfect weeknight dish!

  6. I’m new to your blog and I’m so glad you linked the recipe for the easy soft baked pretzels, because I didn’t see them when you originally posted the recipe! I just pulled them out of the oven and they are awesome and just as quick and easy as the recipe stated! Such a great recipe to have on hand for when I don’t feel like messing with the traditional way.

  7. Loving these 5-ingredient soups Ali – I love to cook, but there are definitely days when a super easy meal is what’s for dinner.

  8. I LOVE your 5-ingredient meals! This soup looks so good, tortellini’s are the best in soups!

  9. So I made this last night, and it was the easiest/cheapest dinner ever! And it was a huge hit. I added the minced garlic as suggested, used vegetable broth (we have a veg in the family), and added half a bag of baby spinach- just for color really. Everyone was surprised that so much flavor came from so few ingredients!

    Next up, I’m trying the 5 ingredient white chili :)

  10. This is an excellent recipe. Have made it several times, and it’s always a hit. It makes a large quantity, so I always freeze some for a weeknight surprise later on.