This decadent tortellini soup is packed with plump pasta and a creamy broth of spicy sausage and wilted spinach. The definition of simple, one-pot comfort food!
This creamy spinach tortellini soup isn’t just super easy to make, but it’s also always a crowd-pleaser. The way the spicy Italian sausage elevates the creamy broth and tender tortellini is unexplainably good. We often make a big batch when our family comes over and literally never have any leftovers to spare. In so many ways, it reminds me of my favorite soup at Olive Garden called Zuppa Toscana.
If you’re a fan of one-pot dinners and fewer dishes, you’re going to love this soup. It’s the perfect candidate for a lazy, laid-back weekend or weeknight dinner. You barely have to fuss with it, yet it tastes as it came straight from your favorite the kitchen of your favorite Italian restaurant.
What is Tortellini Soup Made of?
This creamy spinach tortellini soup is made with under 10 ingredients, with the tortellini and spicy Italian sausage likely being the only ones you don’t already have on hand. Below, find a rundown of the flavor, texture, and cooking time.
- Flavor: This soup has a delicate cream-based broth that’s elevated by the punch of spice from the Italian sausage, earthiness of the tortellini, and salty cheese-stuffed tortellini.
- Texture: The silky-smooth broth is complemented by the ground sausage, tender tortellini, and fresh spinach.
- Time: From prep to table, this soup takes just under an hour and a half to make.
How to Make Creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup
Making this tortellini soup only requires a handful of ingredients and one pot. Below, find a quick overview of the recipe before you dive in.
- Prep the Veggies: Using a sharp knife, dice the onion and press the garlic.
- Build the Soup Base: In a large soup pot or Dutch oven preheated with oil, cook the ground Italian sausage over medium heat. Next, add in the diced onion and pressed garlic, sautéing until softened. Cover the meat mixture with water and let it all simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the Tortellini & Heavy Whipping Cream: Pop the tortellini in and let the soup simmer until it’s cooked through. Next, pour in the heavy whipping cream and bring it to a simmer once more.
- Add the Spinach and Season to Taste: Add in the spinach and allow it to wilt. Season with salt. Remove it from heat and serve immediately!
Tips & Tricks
Below, find a short collection of pro tips and tricks to help you make the best tortellini soup.
- Cook the soup at a simmer. To prevent yourself from overcooking the ingredients, cook the soup on a simmer.
- Don’t preboil the tortellini. To get the perfect al dente texture, don’t preboil the tortellini and pop them into the broth raw.
- Add red pepper flakes. If you really like it spicy, add in some crushed red pepper flakes (or cracked black pepper for more mild spice) for an extra punch of flavor and color.
- Remove the soup from heat. Always remove the soup from heat when it’s finished to prevent the cream from curdling.
- Top the soup with parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil. For an extra pop of flavor, top the soup with freshly grated parmesan cheese or fresh basil.
What Does Tortellini Soup Go With?
Creamy tortellini soup is filling on its own. However, if you want to whip up a more well-rounded meal, pair it with a homemade caesar salad or roasted beet salad with goat cheese. Also, don’t forget the crusty bread! There’s nothing like dunking some homemade focaccia or garlic knots into the broth. Yum!
How Long is Tortellini Soup Good For?
This tortellini soup should last for up to five days in the refrigerator. Make sure to store it in an airtight container so it doesn’t absorb any lingering smells in your refrigerator. The kicker? It gets more flavorful as it marinates in itself, making for some pretty amazing leftovers throughout the week.
How long is tortellini soup good for?
Tortellini soup should stay fresh for up to a week. Make sure to store it in an airtight container in your fridge.
How are tortellini traditionally served?
Tortellini are traditionally served tossed in pasta sauce, butter and herbs, or soups.
Do you have to cook the tortellini before adding it to soup?
You do not have to cook the tortellini before adding it to your soup. In fact, it’s better to add the raw or frozen tortellini directly into the broth to prevent them from turning mushy.
What are tortellini typically filled with?
Tortellini typically come filled with different cheeses or a seasoned ground meat mixture.
What are some good side dishes for tortellini soup?
You can serve tortellini alongside a handful side dishes. Caesar salad is a great option, but feel free to whip up any salad you love most. Bread is also an obvious option to sop up the broth.
Other Italian Soup Recipes
- Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana Recipe – Italian potato dumpling soup
- Chicken Gnocchi Soup – Chicken and potato dumpling soup
- Zuppa Toscana – Olive Garden copy cat!
- Minestrone Soup – Tomato-based veggie soup
- 1 lb cheese tortellini
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage
- 1 small onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp salt adjust to taste
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups spinach
- Gather the ingredients for the soup. Dice the onion and press the garlic.
- In a soup pot preheated over medium heat, add in the ground Italian sausage, breaking it up as you cook it. Next, add in the diced onion and pressed garlic. Cover with 3 quarts of water.
- Let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes. Then, add the tortellini and let it simmer until the pasta is cooked through (about 2-3 minutes if you're using refrigerated, raw tortellini and about 5-6 minutes if you're using frozen tortellini). Add in the whipping cream and stir to combine.
- Bring the soup to a simmer and add in the diced spinach. Season to taste with salt.
- Remove from the heat and enjoy!
Making this soup again for the 4th time since I found the recipe a few months ago! I like to add some red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit. Otherwise, love the recipe just as it is written! Thanks for sharing it 😊
Hi Gina, I love the added pepper flakes idea! I am so thrilled that you love this recipe as much as we do! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. Enjoy!
This soup? Yummy! I followed the recipe with the exception of adding some chicken bouillon cubes with the water (for the salt portion and a rich flavor). My hubby approved and wants it again. The only thing I will do differently next time is to cook the tortellini separately and combine with the soup as I serve each portion so that it doesn't get mushy.
Hi Gina! I am so glad to hear the recipe was a success! Thank you for your feedback! Enjoy!
I personally found this recipe to be inedible the way it was written. The recipe had no measurement for salt and yet called for 3/4 of a gallon of water. Every soup I've ever made in my life had broth. Even low sodium broths are hundreds of milligrams of sodium per quart. I actually made this recipe as it was written and then could not stomach how much salt I needed to add to it so that it didn't just taste like water. Eventually I added the following to make it taste like something: one tablespoon of Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon of basil, two teaspoons of oregano, I lost track of how much salt, and a teaspoon of better than bouillon
Hi Julie, I am sorry to hear the recipe didn't turn out well. I am glad you were able to salvage the recipe. The broth is made when you saute the Italian Sausage with onion and garlic and then add the water. In my experience the soup turned out very tasty and did require a lot of added salt.
Love it! I used Mild Italian Chicken sausage and kale the 2nd time! Equally delicious
Hi Paris, I love how you were able to make the recipe your own! Great to hear it turned out well. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy!
Adding hot Italian sausage infused the broth with such incredible flavour! Thank you for this soup recipe. My family was totally on board!
Julia, I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to comment!
Highly recommended! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing spinach tortellini recipe! Will surely have this again! It's really easy to make and it tasted so delicious!
I'm glad you loved the recipe, Allyssa!! It really is such a comforting bowl of goodness 🙂
I made this tonight for my house full of sick kids. Everyone has a cold. Everyone loved it and I feel like I helped my family!
Oh no, I am so sorry, I hope you all get better soon, this recipe is perfect for a time like this when you need something comforting and easy to make!
sorry, for the water amount it says 5 quarts? did you mean 5 cups water? idk why but that seems like a lot to me...kinda confused here.
never mind, i figured out what i did wrong lol. still turned out delicious.:) love your website.:)
Oh sorry, I dont get notification with questions. I need to figure this out so I can respond right away 🙂
looks really delicious:))
Thanks, I hope you will get to try it soon 🙂
This looks yummy. Will give it a try. Need to get the ingredients though. Thanks !!!!
Thank you! Hope you will love it.