Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage

We needed something quick and easy to make with our Italian sausage. I love sausage but get tired of peppers and onions or pasta sauce with Italian sausage. I ended up making a loaf of herbed bread in the bread maker and thought that soup would be perfect to go with it.


This was a nice filling meal. The smell of all the garlic, basil, and sausage was heavenly throughout the house. Both kids wanted garlic bread with this to soak up the tomato broth. Yum! One bowl was enough for me it was so filling.

  • Servings: ”6-8″
  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium onion, fine dice
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (14 oz) package frozen cheese tortellini, thawed in refrigerator
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • Extra fresh basil and shredded Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired


  1. Heat a large, heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Heat vegetable oil and add diced onion. Saute until onions are soft.
  2. Crumble Italian Sausage and garlic with the onion. Cook until sausage is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, vegetable (or chicken) broth, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover. Let soup simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Add tortellini and spinach and simmer for about ten minutes, until pasta is tender.
  5. Serve with shredded Parmesan and fresh basil, as desired.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Looks tasty


  2. Garlic, basil and sausage, yummm

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Erika Kind says:

    Fantastic recipe idea, Marci. Lately, I experimented a lot with tortellini since I had leftovers for a few evenings.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Tortellini is so versatile!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika Kind says:

        They really are. Now that I have to deal with more leftovers I get much more creative in making something new of them.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. syl65 says:

    Looks and sounds delicious, Marci. A dish I would to try out.


    1. koolaidmoms says:

      So comforting!


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