Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale is a fun take on an easy Fall dinner classic. 

Nothing is better than soup come autumn, am I right? We’ve taken everything you love about an easy 30 minute meal and threw it all into one pot for the simplest dinner ever! 

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

This tortellini soup has been a long time coming. Natalie and I have been talking for ages about putting a quick and simple (not to mention delicious) tortellini soup on the blog. Let me just say that this version exceeded all of our expectations and I’m so happy to finally be sharing it! 

You won’t believe how flavorful this pot of soup is until you try it. Full of Italian sausage, tortellini, tomatoes, kale, and a touch of cream for good measure, it’s a meal your family will ask for over and over again. 

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

What goes into tortellini soup?

The thing I love so much about tortellini soup is how versatile it is. We like to stick with a cheese-filled pasta and add the other ingredients to the soup. Buying a meat (or other flavor) filled tortellini wouldn’t be bad, but cheese creates a nice base flavor. 

While you could easily make a vegetarian tortellini soup, most of the recipes out there call for chicken or some version of sausage. We love the flavor of mild Italian sausage in our soups, so that’s what we’ve added here.   

Some of the other star ingredients of this dish include:

  • A can of crushed tomatoes and a little tomato paste
  • Onion and garlic (add amazing flavor)
  • Kale (gotta have a few veggies right?)
  • Chicken stock & cream
  • Salt and red pepper flakes

How do you make easy tortellini soup?

I know you will love this tortellini soup, because it's one of the easiest and most flavorful dishes we’ve made in a long time. All it takes is a few easy steps:

  1. Brown the sausage until cooked half way through.
  2. Add onions and garlic. 
  3. Add chicken stock, a can of crushed tomatoes and a little tomato paste.
  4. Simmer and season with salt. 
  5. Add kale, cream and tortellini. 
  6. Serve! 

This Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale makes the best weeknight dinner, because it is truly a one pot wonder. You’ve got your veggies, cheesy pasta, and meat all in there together!  

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

Tips for making the best tortellini soup:

This dish is a hard one to screw up, but I’m here with a few tips and tricks to make sure your dinner is as successful as possible.

One of the most important things to remember is to add your cheesy tortellini just a few minutes before serving, as you don’t want it getting overcooked and falling apart.

In this recipe, we’ve called for the pasta, cream, and kale to be added at the end. Here’s why:

  • Kale and spinach wilt very quickly. They  just need a few minutes in the hot broth to soften enough to be easily consumed without taking on a soggy texture.
  • Fresh tortellini take just a few minutes to cook through, so for that perfect al dente toothsome texture, it’s best to add it a few minutes before serving.
  • Adding the cream slowly at the end will help keep it from curdling.

This tortellini soup is delish as is, but I can imagine adding zucchini, chicken sausage, spinach tortellini...the possibilities are endless. When you make this recipe feel free to have fun with it and mix it up each time!

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

What should you serve with your Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale? 

If you came to my house for dinner and I served you this Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale you could also expect to find...

  • Nothing else! This soup has it all, so why mess with a good thing? 
  • Or...soup + bread. If I thought about it ahead of time I might have picked up a delicious crusty loaf of bread. Heck, I might have even picked up a few cheeses to serve along side it, because cheese is always welcome on my table. 
  • Soup + salad. A simple salad might grace your plate alongside this bowl of hearty soup.
  • If I’m wanting to make this meal a little more healthy I would add a veggie side dish. Roasted zucchini, green beans or cauliflower would make perfect accompaniments. 
Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

Need more soup inspiration?

This Easy Chicken Ramen Soup is life changing.

You’ll love this Tortilla Soup! I almost always have things on hand to make it. 

The meatballs in this Healthy Italian Wedding Soup are so good, you won’t even miss the bread crumbs. Whole30 approved too! 

For even more inspiration, be sure to check out our 30 Best Soup Recipes post!


If you make this Tortellini, Italian Sausage and Kale Soup we’d love to hear about it! Be sure to snap a photo, add it to your Instagram feed or stories and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper if you do. Also, feel free to leave a comment on the post and tell your friends where you discovered the recipe. 

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

Serves 4


1 lb mild italian sausage, ground
1 onion, minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 quart chicken stock
1 (14 oz can) crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp salt
1 bunch kale, stems removed
1 (10 oz) bag tortellini, fresh (not dried)
1 cup heavy cream
parmesan cheese (optional)
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sausage, onions and garlic to the pot and and sauté until the onions are soft an translucent, about 5 minutes. (Drain off any excessive fat.)
  3. Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Whisk until tomato paste is fully incorporated.
  4. Bring to a boil, season with salt then simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Add the kale, tortellini and heavy cream.
  6. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until the kale is wilted and the pasta is tender.
  7. Serve with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes if desired.