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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Calories: 368
ceramic bowl of creamy tortellini soup with sausage and kale topped with fresh parmesan

This ultra Creamy Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale is a perfect for cold nights and the 30 minute dinner of your dreams.

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

Nothing is better than soup come autumn, am I right? We’ve taken everything you love about about cold weather comfort food and easy 30 minute dinners, 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 the "tomato bisque" broth and a bottle of good wine.

large soup pot filled with creamy tomato tortellini soup

Making Tortellini Soup Your Dish

This tortellini soup has been a long time coming. Here in the TMP test kitchen we've been talking for ages about putting a quick and simple (not to mention delicious) tortellini soup for all of you to enjoy. We just had to survive the summer before we put or tortellini ideas to the test. Let us just brag that this version exceeded all of our expectations and we are pumped that it's finally available for you.

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. Think tomato bisque meets Olive Garden's zuppa toscano. It’s a meal your friends and family will ask for over and over again, so you might as well file this one away and make it your signature fall soup. I mean, we all want to be famous for something, right?

ingredients for creamy tortellini soup in small bowls

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, plus it really compliments that creamy tortellini soup vibe.

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.

Other Star Ingredients of Tortellini Soup

  • 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
italian sausage browned in a soup pot for tortellini soup
crushed tomatoes, broth and italian sausage in a soup pot
tortellini, cream and kale added to a soup pot for tortellini soup
large pot of creamy tortellini soup with 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 easiest and 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 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!

Truly a one pot wonder, this creamy tortellini soup is going to win you some serious awards. You’ve got your veggies, cheesy pasta, and meat all in there together. Our only recommendation is, make a double batch or you'll be sorry.

close up of homemade tortellini soup recipe

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!

bowl of creamy tomato tortellini soup with sausage and kale

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

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

  • Bread
  • Wine
  • Heck, we might have even picked up a few cheeses to serve along side it, because cheese is always welcome on our my table.
  • Salad. When you're here you're family. Olive Garden, anyone? Similar to the serving of their zuppa toscana we like too serve it along with a good Italian salad.
  • Gluten not your thing? Try our riff on this salad with our low carb Creamy Tomato Soup with Chicken and Vegetables version. Same base, less carbs.
black ceramic bowl filled with creamy tomato tortellini soup with sausage and kale

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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

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


  • 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.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 368
  • Protein 19 g
  • Carbohydrates 24 g
  • Total Fat 22 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4 g
  • Cholesterol 64 mg
  • sodium 1497 mg
  • Total Sugars 5 g

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale

Questions & Reviews

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  • Peyton Niswonger

    Going to use fresh spinach instead of kale. Do you chop the spinach up or leave them whole? Thank you!

    You could do either but we'd probably chop it! Hope you enjoy Peyton!

  • Jackie

    I am curious the receipe indicated cook sausage halfway through does it cook fully in the simmer process?

    Hi Jackie, yes it will finish cooking while simmering. Hope you enjoy!

  • Karen Ruthig

    I have plain (mild) sausage. What spices would you add to make it more "Italian"?

    You can add garlic and fennel to make it taste more similar to Italian sausage. Hope you enjoy Karen!

  • stacie Skoronski

    Suggestion on a substitute for kale? I have a general distaste for this leafy green!

    Hi Stacie, you can leave it out or use spinach or chard. Hope you enjoy, this is one of our FAVORITE soups!

  • Joanna

    Can you substitute gnocchi for the tortellini and also omit the tomato paste?

    Hi Joanna, we haven't tried substituting gnocchi, let us know how it goes if you give it a shot! As for omitting the tomato paste, you will probably lose quite a bit of the flavor.

  • Robin

    So delicious!! I typically make the same things & wing all my recipes -my daughters and i were looking for a different starter to our Holliday menu. It was the perfect addition to our Easter menu!! Thank you!!

    Thank you Robin, we are so happy you all enjoyed it and that it was a part of your holiday menu!

  • Lindsay Roberts

    This is THE BEST soup. It’s on rotation at my house every few weeks. Picky kids love it, husband (who isn’t a “soup” guy) asks for it. A real winner!!

    Thanks so much Lindsay! We are so glad that your whole family loves it!

  • Diana

    Delicious!!!! Husband loves soup. This is a keeper. Will make again even for company too.

    Thanks Diana, we are so glad you both enjoyed it! Happy to hear you'll be making it again!

  • Branden

    So so good, simply AMAZING!!!

    Thank you Branden! We are so glad you loved it!

  • Joanna

    This is a winner. Very filling and perfect to eat on a cold night. I did not add any salt and also used low-sodium chicken broth; I also added both spinach and kale. I doubled the batch and gave some to my neighbor and Mom who raved about it. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks Joanna, we are so glad you all enjoyed it! It was so nice of you to share it with others!