You know those weekends that are so deeply refreshing and restoring and wonderfully “re-creational” that they leave you waking up on Monday morning actually excited that it’s Monday morning??
Yep, this weekend was all of the re’s.
After just getting back from 2 weeks away visiting my old host family in Costa Rica (more stories from that trip to come!), it was tempting to stay in and spend the whole weekend trying to catch up on my inbox and all things work-related this weekend. But the second I stepped outside on Saturday morning and felt the warm sunshine against the crisp September air, there was no question that work could wait. This beautiful weekend was made to be soaked up. So I got to soaking.
From catching up with good friends over chips and salsa and margaritas (actually I did that twice this weekend – yeah!), to a really moving performance of music and photos shared from halfway around the world, to epic breakfast burritos shared with family in town, to a picnic in the park, to a late-night bonfire with whiskey and Reese’s s’mores, to a beautiful morning singing in church, to a relaxing Sunday afternoon spent snuggled up on the couch with the sun shining in, to a lovely homemade dinner shared with people I adore, to wrapping the weekend up by planning two upcoming vacations this fall to North Carolina and D.C. — I mean, wow — I feel like I won the weekend lottery with this one. All the better when shared with so many people I love.
Anyway, I also spent Saturday afternoon doing a bit of “freezer” cooking for the week ahead, whipping up a batch of my favorite 5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili to keep frozen in small batches for easy lunches. And then for an Italian option, I also stirred up a batch of this delicious tortellini soup to enjoy and freeze for later. It came together in less than 30 minutes, it was incredibly easy to make, and it was absolutely packed full of my favorite Italian flavors.
It’s my Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage, Spinach and Tomatoes.
It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for any soups involving pasta, spinach (or kale) and Italian sausage. Usually I go the creamy route and make my 7-Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana Soup, inspired by that classic favorite at that Italian restaurant we all grew up with. But for a slightly healthier twist, I also love going the tomato-based route. And instead of potatoes or gnocchi or noodles, I can’t resist tossing in everyone’s favorite pasta soup ingredient — tortellini!!
Who doesn’t love tortellini?!?
And hey, in a soup, those little tortellini are magical. Instantly rich and chewy, full of delicious cheese (or whatever your desired filling may be), and ready to go in minutes. I cooked up a bag of the dried tortellini that I always keep on hand from DeLallo, but you can also use the fresh or frozen tortellini that you can buy at your local grocery store. Any tortellini will be delicious.
Then just brown your Italian sausage, whip up a simple tomato soup base, stir in your tortellini with some fresh spinach…
…and in less than 30 minutes, a steaming pot of soup will be ready to serve. Or, if you’re busy weekend-ing like I was, you can also freeze it for later. Either way, this classic soup is sure to hit the spot.
Hope that you enjoy it, and I wish you all a week ahead full of all the re’s as well!
This tortellini soup recipe is quick and easy to make, and it’s made all the more delicious with Italian sausage, spinach and fire-roasted tomatoes.
1 pound ground hot Italian sausage
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced white onion (about 1 small white onion)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves, loosely-packed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 package (about 1 pound) tortellini, refrigerated or frozen (*or 1 package of dried tortellini cooked according to package instructions)
2 cups fresh baby spinach, packed
freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Cook the Italian sausage in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until browned, breaking the sausage up and stirring it with a long spoon while cooking. Drain off any excess grease, then transfer the sausage to a separate plate and set aside.
Return the stockpot to the heat and add the olive oil. Add the white onion and saute for 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute, or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Add the crushed tomatoes, stock, basil, salt, pepper, and the cooked Italian sausage to the pot, and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer. Add in the tortellini and baby spinach, and let the soup continue to simmer (reducing heat to medium-low if it starts to boil) until the tortellini is cooked through, stirring occasionally. (This will take a few minutes longer if the tortellini was frozen.) Taste and season with extra salt and pepper if needed.
Serve warm, garnished with Parmesan cheese if desired.
This looks AWESOME. Adding it to next weeks meal plan! yummy!!
Thanks Sarah, we hope you enjoy! :)
This is something my kids would love! It looks delicious. I will have to make it this week.
Thanks Erica, we hope you guys enjoy it! :)
This soup looks amazing! I can’t wait to start eating soup all the time this fall!
Thanks Heather, we hope you enjoy! :)
Wishing I had a big ol’ bowl of this in front of me right now!
Ok, asking my mom to make this for my birthday. I used to think I hated tortellini and now as a, um, mature adult realize it’s delicious. But in soup, even more so.
Haha Tom we hop you love it (happy birthday in advance)!
Ah! Costa Rica. For me one of those dream destinations, that I will probably never see, except if I win the lottery. Too far away, Greece or Turkey are what we do around here. :) Or Italy and have a similar soup. This one looks totally delicious, I love the color.
Oooh, I’d also love to visit Greece and Turkey! Glad that you like the soup! :)
Thanks for this super easy (and delicious) recipe idea. I’m so ready for soup season (cooler weather) to be upon us, and looking forward to trying out this one as a new addition to the regular routine.
You’re welcome Melanie, we’re ready for some cooler weather too — we hope you enjoy the soup! :)
Looks like the perfect soup for those cool nights that are (finally) on the way!
Josh | The Kentucky Gent
Yes, we’re pretty excited for some cooler weather ourselves! We hope you enjoy this! :)
Looks great for a cold winter day. My husband loves tortellini. Definitely cooking it :)
Thanks Chris, we hope you guys enjoy this! :)
Yum! This looks amazing! I love soup and I am starting to get super excited to make all sorts of soup this fall/winter!
Thanks Emily, we hope you like it! :)
This looks (and smells, yes I can smell it!) a-mazing! As does everything else here. Perfectly perfect!
Thank you, we hope you enjoyed eating it as much as you enjoyed smelling it baking! :)
I made your banana bread and this soup! The bread was the best I’ve ever had and this soup was amazing! Thanks for the great recipes:)
Thank you Tracey, you’re so sweet, we’re thrilled that you enjoyed both of those recipes! :)
Is sausage Vegan?
Hi Gwen, we’re not really sure what you’re asking. Sausage is not vegan, but if you’d like to make this soup vegan, you can leave out the sausage and the cheese.
Made this last night! My husband ate two huge bowls. It is going into rotation!
That’s awesome Jenn, we’re so glad it was a hit! :)
What do you freeze the soup in?
Any kind of plastic or glass tupperware container.
Just made this the other night….so so good! Definitely a keeper!
Thanks Christie, we’re so glad to hear that! :)
Just have to say that I made this recipe this past weekend and it is absolutely delicious. I could not be happier. My picky mom was thrilled too. Perfect soup for the rainy day we were experiencing. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
Thanks for sharing Kirby, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :D
This sounds amazing!! Odd question, though ~ do you know how this could be converted to a crock pot recipe?? I need something for a holiday potluck next week and this would be great but would need to do it in a crockpot so it can cook for the morning.
HELP!!!! And thanks!!
Thanks Jodi, we hope you enjoy! We honestly haven’t tried to do this in the crockpot, but we think if you cook the sausage (the way the first step in the recipe states), reserve it, then add all of the ingredients except for the spinach, basil and tortellini (and the cheese) to your crockpot, cook on low for a few hours, then add the sausage, tortellini, spinach and basil during the last 5-10 minutes, it should work. If you do it this way though, we would recommend using the frozen or refrigerated tortellini. Otherwise, it might need a little more time in the crockpot. We hope this helps!
It’s currently -2° in Chicago and is a Monday. …perfect for soup! Heading to the store right now to pick up ingredients for this tortellini soup! Hope it tastes as good as it looks! I’ll let you know how it goes! ?
Oh my goodness, that is SO COLD! That kind of weather definitely calls for soup! ;) We hope you enjoy the recipe!
Silly q: I made it with (2) pkgs of tortellini, totaling 18 oz uncooked pasta, just over 1 1b. Is that what you intended, or should I have stuck to 1 pkg/9 oz? I feel guilty with all the pasta in there, but yum!!
Hey Calder, 18 oz is fine, it’s just 2 oz more than what we typically use (but hey, the more pasta, the merrier, right?!) :D We’re happy you enjoyed this!
Made this and it’s amazing! The perfect soup for a cold winter night. Super simple and filling, too. I paired it with a warm olive baguette.
Thanks for sharing Haley — we’re so happy you liked it! :)
This soup is fabulous! Doubled it so we had plenty leftover for the week!
Thanks Mark — we’re happy you enjoyed it! :)
First of all-
I died last night eating this soup. Then I came back to freeze 12 individual soup containers so I (and my fiance-who insists I share) can have it every single day for lunch (I made a double batch). SO good.
I used Chicken Sausage because that’s what I had on hand and it gave it such a good spicy kick!
I just have one question, the recipe called for Crushed Tomatoes but in the little blurb under the recipe it says “Diced.” Which do you use?
Thanks so much for posting, I make your recipes all the time and they’re always a hit!
Thanks for sharing Anne — we’re so happy you and your fiancé enjoyed it! We used crushed tomatoes. :D
This is good but I would have HIGHLY preferred using a different pot for everything after the sausage. Every spoonful of this soup tastes only of sausage, and it really needed the freshness of the tomatoes to balance it out.
Would this soup freeze well? Maybe freeze everything but the tortellini?
Hi Joy! Yes, we think this should freeze great — even with the pasta. We hope you enjoy!
I’ve made this soup about a dozen times now, and it is hands down my favorite. Super easy to make and delicious the day of and the next couple days. It’s become a fall/winter staple!
We’re so glad to hear that, Emily! :D
Made this tonight and it was delicious!! How would you reheat the leftovers if you freeze them?
We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Katie! If freezing, you can reheat on the stove or in the microwave (we would thaw in the fridge first if you can).
I don’t think the 2 of us will get through all of this soup. What about freezing half? I know the tortellini will likely get mushy and I am ok with that. Thoughts? Thanks!
I can’t wait to make all your delicious soups this fall and winter, Ali!
Great taste, easy to make, family loves it. Don’t pass this one up!
Made this today – Absolutely great! Used a whole bag of spinach instea of 2 cups. GREAT! – Used the great value tortilla frozen from Walmart. – Really good recipe. Love finding this website. The recipes are great and easy.
This was very good, thank you.
This is the best soup I ever made!
My husband loves this soup. He even wants me to make it now in July when the temperatures are in the 90’s.
Thanks for the recipe.
Yes, I actually made it! I used dried, shelf stable cheese spinach tortellini and vegetarian Italian flavored sausage. I thought I had a bag of baby spinach but it was actually chopped dino kale (oops!) so I used that and it turned out great. A very thick, substantial soup. I could see making this if you have a vegetarian showing up for lunch or dinner and you want to do something WAY easier (and lighter) than eggplant parmesan that everyone else would like as well. When they ask what they can bring, have them bring their favorite bread to go with the soup. Win win!