This Creamy Tortellini and Sausage Soup is quick and easy to make, full of great flavor, and so rich and creamy and comforting.
- 1.25 pounds ground Italian sausage
- 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
- 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup white-whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 (10-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 5 ounces greens of your choice (I used a mixture of spinach, collards and baby kale)
- 2 cups milk (*see recommendations below)
- salt and pepper
- Cook Italian sausage in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until browned, crumbling it as it cooks. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked sausage to a separate plate and set aside.** Reserve two tablespoons of grease in the pan, discarding the rest. (Or if there’s not that much grease remaining, add olive oil to make up the difference.)
- Stir in onions and carrots, and saute for 4-5 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add in the garlic and saute for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Stir in the flour until it’s evenly coating the veggies, and cook for an additional 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
- Gradually add in the chicken stock, and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cooked sausage, tortellini, spinach, and milk, and continue simmering for 4-5 minutes, or until the tortellini is al dente.
- Taste, and season with salt and pepper to taste. (I added in about 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.)
- Serve immediately. Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.***
*I used low-fat milk in this recipe, but you’re welcome to sub in some half and half or heavy cream (for all, or part of the 2 cups of milk) if you’d like an even creamier soup. :)
**If you’d like a less-greasy soup, you’re also welcome to transfer the cooked sausage to a colander and briefly rinse the sausage with water to drain off any extra grease. Then, just use oil in place of the grease to cook the onions, etc.
***If the soup soaks up most of the broth in the refrigerator, feel free to stir in a little extra chicken stock when you reheat it.