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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

This ultra creamy Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale is the perfect thirty minute meal of your dreams and perfect for keeping cozy on cold nights.


ceramic bowl of creamy tortellini soup with sausage and kale topped with fresh parmesan

30 minute Dinner? Creamy Tortellini Soup? Is this for real?

Nothing is better than soup when temperatures take a plunge. We’ve taken everything you love about cold weather comfort food and easy 30 minute dinners, and threw it all into one pot for a weeknight dish that dreams are made of. The only things missing from this creamy tortellini soup is a loaf of crusty bread to soak up that brothy tomato bisque base and a bottle of good wine.

homemade creamy tomato tortellini soup with sausage and kale in a large soup pot with a ladle

Making Tortellini Soup Your Dish

You won’t believe how flavorful this pot of soup is, and we’re so excited for you to try it. Full of Italian sausage, tortellini, tomatoes, kale, and a touch of cream for good measure (wink wink). This is like our Tomato Bisque meets our Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden for life). It’s a meal your friends and family will ask for over and over again, so keep this one on file and make it your signature soup. We all want to be famous for something, right? You can also turn to a few of our make-all-the-time Italian standards: Classic Lasagna, Chicken Cacciatore, or Baked Ziti.

ingredients for creamy tortellini soup with sausage and kale in small bowls on the counter

What Goes Into Tortellini Soup?

The thing we 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 tortellini creates a nice base flavor, plus it really compliments that creamy tortellini soup taste.

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, and that’s what we’ve added here. You can easily make a vegetarian tortellini soup, just leave out the sausage!

Other Star Ingredients of Tortellini Soup

  • A can of crushed tomatoes and a little tomato paste, for the tomato sauce base

  • Onion and garlic (add amazing flavor)

  • Kale (gotta have a few veggies right?)

  • Chicken stock & cream

  • Salt and red pepper flakes

italian sausage browned in a soup pot for tortellini soup
browned Italian sausage, chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste in a soup pot for tortellini soup
Italian sausage, crushed tomatoes, chicken stock tortellini, cream and kale added to a soup pot for tortellini soup
a large pot of homemade tortellini soup with italian sausage and kale

How Do You Make Easy Tortellini Soup?

We know you'll love this super easy tortellini soup, because it's one of the most flavorful dishes we’ve made in a long time, and anyone who's tried it feels the same. 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 broth, a can of crushed tomatoes and a little tomato paste.

  4. Simmer and season with salt.

  5. Add kale, cream and tortellini.

  6. Serve!

Truly a one pot wonder, this creamy tortellini soup is going to win you some serious awards. You’ve got veggies, cheesy pasta, and meat all in one bowl together. Our only recommendation is, make a double batch or you'll be sorry, especially if you want leftovers, because this soup is just as delicious the next day. How long does this sausage tortellini soup last in the fridge? *If* it makes it to leftover status, and we'd be surprised if it does, you can store this tortellini soup in the refrigerator for up to five days and warm it up in the microwave or stovetop.

a large pot of homemade Tortellini Soup With Italian Sausage And Kale

Tips for Making the Best Tortellini Soup:

This soup is 100% dependable and hard to screw up, but just in case, we’re 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 we 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!

bowl of homemade, creamy tortellini soup with Italian sausage and kale topped with shaved parmesan

What Should You Serve With Your Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale?

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a bowl of  tortellini soup with Italian sausage and kale topped with shaved parmesan next to red pepper flakes for serving

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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  30 min
  • Calories: 368


  • 1 pound mild italian sausage, ground or casing removed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 (14-ounce can) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 bunch curly kale, stemmed and roughly torn
  • 10 ounces fresh tortellini
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Parmesan cheese, grated for serving (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onions, and garlic and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it is browned and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Drain off any excessive fat.

  2. Whisk in the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste until fully incorporated. Bring to a boil and add the salt, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. Stir in the kale, tortellini, and cream. Cook until the kale is wilted and the pasta is tender, 3-5 minutes.

  3. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan and red pepper flakes, if desired, before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories368
  • Protein19 g
  • Carbohydrates24 g
  • Total Fat22 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol64 mg
  • sodium1497 mg
  • Total Sugars5 g

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

Questions & Reviews

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  • liza thurmond

    Have you tried stuffed tortellini in the soup?

    It would probably be delicious!

  • Anne Grasmick

    Just wanted to say that this soup is delicious and so easy!! Thank you for the great recipe!

    You are so welcome!

  • Michelle

    Am I able to add shredded carrots? Or would that change the flavour profile

    It will change the flavor a bit but it should be fine!

  • Margy

    Can I freeze the Tortillini and sausage soup?


  • trice patterson

    looks delicious

  • Kevin Campion

    Amazing! Had to use stuffed tortellini because of the...variety at minnesota grocery stores, but it was great anyways!

    Cheese stuffed is the way to go! Glad you liked it!

  • Madi

    I am eating this right now and I am in love! It's so good for this bitter weather as we near winter on my side of the world.
    I used vegetarian sausages here and it is still hearty and wholesome.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Thanks Madi, we are so glad you love it!

  • Brooke L

    This is hands down my husband's favorite soup; he says out of all of the amazing food I make, this is his favorite. For Mother's Day, I host a lunch for all the moms in our family, and typically do a few soups and sandwiches. I made this soup last year, and it was a smash hit; everyone LOVED it! Typically, I modify recipes, but with this one, I make it exactly as-is because it's so darn good.

    Thank you Brooke, we are so happy to hear you and your family love it!

  • Liza T.

    Such a quick and easy recipe. This is sooooooo yummy!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Liza! We are so glad you loved it!

  • Oliver

    So so good!

    Thanks Oliver! We are so happy you loved it!