Chicken Tortellini Soup is easy to make and a one-pot meal. It’s super cozy and takes only 35 minutes to make. It will be loved by the whole family!
You only need a few ingredients to make this comforting Chicken Tortellini Soup. It comes together quickly, making it perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. The cheesy tortellini pairs perfectly with the chicken, herbs, and chicken broth – yum!
Hot Tip: You can use the leftover chicken such as rotisserie chicken or instant pot chicken to cut down on cook time.
How to Make Chicken Tortellini Soup
- First, preheat a large soup pot (like a dutch oven) and sauté the carrots.
- Add the chicken, water, and chicken broth or stock and cook until the chicken is cooked.
- Add the herbs and bring to a simmer.
- Finally add the tortellini, cook until just tender, and season with salt and pepper.
Hot Tip: This soup is best served immediately as the tortellini will continue to absorb the broth as it sits.
Best Tortellini To Use in the Soup
Tortellini can be found fresh in the refrigerated section or dried in the pasta aisle. I prefer to use the fresh refrigerated cheese tortellini – it has a much better taste and texture. I love the tortellini from Trader Joe’s, but you can find it at most grocery stores.
I used cheese tortellini in this recipe, but you can try out different varieties such as spinach & cheese, tri-color, or even tortellini filled with meat like chicken or sausage.
Other Things to Add to Tortellini Soup
- Leafy Greens – baby spinach or shredded kale. Add leafy greens at the end and cook until wilted.
- Veggies – potatoes, celery, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, or tomatoes.
- Meats – Ground meat such as beef, pork, turkey or Italian sausage. Just cook and crumble the meat in the pot first when sauteéing the carrots.
- Spices – Dried herbs such as Italian seasoning, or red pepper flakes to add a kick.
Tortellini soup does freeze well. However, I recommend freezing the soup without the tortellini as it will get mushy from freezing. You can cook the tortellini separately when reheating the soup.
Yes, you can use frozen tortellini in the soup, but it will take a little longer to cook.
Leftover tortellini soup will last for several days in the fridge. You may need to add additional broth when reheating as the tortellini will have soaked up the liquid. If you’re planning to save it for leftovers or are cooking in advance, I recommend cooking the tortellini separately and adding to bowls of soup when serving.
No, you do not cook the chicken before adding it to the soup. You add the raw chicken to the soup, allow it to cook in the broth, then you add the tortellini at the end. You can also use leftover cooked chicken. Using cooked chicken will cut down on cook time since it won’t need to cook in the broth.
Tortellini soup pairs well with a big green salad or some crusty bread, but it is also great on its own.
More Soup Recipes
Here are some other favorite cozy, easy soup recipes.
- Pelmeni Soup – an Eastern European dumpling soup.
- Wonton Soup Recipe – easy 30-minute meal loaded with wontons and bok choy.
- Chicken Noodle Soup – a childhood favorite that is easy to make homemade.
- Chicken Lentil Soup – a healthy and comforting soup all made in one pot.