This creamy sausage tortellini soup is a heartwarming, comforting dish that’s perfect any time of year. It is easy to make with pantry staples and packed with flavors and nutrition.
All about Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup
This creamy sausage tortellini soup is perfect for cooler days and nights. It’s a real comfort food that will warm you up from the inside out. The Italian sausage adds a nice kick of flavor, while the cheese-filled tortellini and cream make it extra creamy and delicious. Onions, carrots, celery, and kale add their own unique flavors to the mix.
Tortellini is a type of Italian stuffed pasta made with thin egg pasta dough. It can be filled with a mix of meats, cheese, and/or vegetables then folded into the shape of a ring or hat. Tortellini is often served in broth as part of an Italian soup dish or can be served with sauces, such as Alfredo or marinara.
This soup contains a variety of nutrients. Italian sausage is an excellent source of protein. The veggies provide dietary fiber to support digestion and are also rich in antioxidants that protect the body from free-radical damage. Carrots are a great source of vitamin A, and celery supplies folate and potassium. Kale boasts high levels of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup
- Italian sausage
- Cheese-filled tortellini (fresh or dried)
- Chicken stock
- Cream (or evaporated milk for a lighter version)
- White onion
- Celery stick
- Garlic cloves
- Dried rosemary
- Dried thyme
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
How to Make Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup
- Finely dice the onion, carrot, and celery to make mirepoix. Mince the garlic cloves.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the diced vegetables and garlic and season with a bit of salt to help release their moisture. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Add the Italian sausage and season with the remaining salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. Cook on medium heat for 5 more minutes until the meat is browned.
- Add the chicken stock or water and bring to a boil.
- Add the tortellini to the boiling stock and cook according to the package instructions.
- While the tortellini are cooking, clean the kale, remove the stems, and chop it into small pieces.
- Halfway through the tortellini cooking time, add the cream or evaporated milk to the pan.
- Add the kale, mix well, and cook for 5 minutes.
Tips and Variations for Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup
When it comes to making creamy sausage tortellini soup, there are a few tips to ensure that you get the best result.
- Use high-quality Italian sausage and veggies for optimal flavor.
- Substitute vegetable stock or water for the chicken stock desired. If you use water, you might need to season it a bit more to achieve the same flavor. My preference is chicken stock.
- Switch the cheese tortellini with another filled tortellini of your choice. There are many options, such as sausage, chicken, spinach, mushroom, walnut and cheese, etc.
- Use evaporated milk instead of cream for a lighter version. Evaporated milk will not be as creamy but just as delicious.
- Use leaner types of sausage, such as turkey or chicken sausage, to lower the amount of fat in the soup.
- Add extra vegetables, such as spinach, mushroom, kidney beans, or lentils.
- Add diced jalapenos or hot peppers to the soup for more spiciness.
- Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top to serve.
Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup FAQs
What is mirepoix?
Mirepoix is a classic French cooking base made from equal parts of diced carrots, onions, and celery. Cooks use mirepoix as the flavor foundation for soups, stocks, sauces, and other dishes. Mirepoix adds a subtle sweetness to foods as well as an aromatic depth that can’t be achieved through herbs.
How do I make the soup vegetarian?
To make the soup vegetarian, remove the Italian sausage or substitute with a vegetarian sausage or textured vegetable protein (TVP). You will also need to substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock.
How do I store leftovers of creamy sausage tortellini soup?
You can store leftovers of creamy sausage tortellini soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can freeze the soup for up to 3 months.
Other Soup Recipes
- Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Crock Pot
- Easy Potato Soup
- Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
- Cabbage Roll Soup
Creamy sausage tortellini soup is a hearty meal that you can make in one pot. It is bursting with flavor from the Italian sausage, vegetables, cheese-filled tortellini, herbs, and spices. This recipe is easy to make, and you can customize it to suit your tastes. Serve it with crusty bread for an even more satisfying dinner option.
- 2 cups Italian sausage
- 1 package cheese-filled tortellini (fresh or dried)
- 33 fl oz chicken stock
- 2 cups cream /evaporated milk for a lighter version
- 1 white onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 celery stick
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 cups kale
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Start by cutting the onion, the carrot, and the celery in mirepoix (very fine dicing) and mincing the garlic cloves.
- In the pan add the olive oil the chopped veggies and the garlic cloves and season with a bit of salt to help release their moisture and cook. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Add the Italian sausage and season with the rest of the salt, pepper, and herbs. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes until the meat is browned.
- Add the chicken stock or water and bring to a boil.
- Once it boils add the tortellini and cook according to the package instructions.
- While the tortellini are cooking clean the kale by removing the stems and chopping it into small pieces.
- Add the cream or evaporated milk to the pan halfway through the tortellini cooking time.
- Add the kale as well, mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
You can make it either with chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water. If you cook it with water you might need to season it a bit more to achieve the same flavor. My preferred one is chicken stock.
Switch the cheese tortellini with other filled tortellini of your choice (there are many options)
To make it creamy you can use cream or evaporated milk for a lighter version. If you use evaporated milk you’ll achieve a milkier result, not as creamy but equally delicious.