There is plenty of great flavor in this homemade tortellini soup, and it's packed with fresh veggies and cheesy tortellini that you'll want to add it to your regular rotation for a chilly day.
Prep Time10 minutesmins
Cook Time50 minutesmins
Total Time1 hourhr
Keyword: Tortellini Soup Reicpe
1poundground mild Italian sausage
1cupdiced yellow onion
2teaspoonsdry Italian seasoning blend
29ouncesstewed tomatoes,give the tomatoes a rough chop and save the liquids from the can (two 14.5-ounce cans)
2tablespoonschopped fresh basil,plus additional for optional garnish
4cupschopped fresh kale
20ouncesfresh cheese tortellini(I used RANA brand: the family size bag)
fresh basil,optional garnish
freshly grated parmesan cheese,optional garnish
Add the olive oil and mild Italian sausage into an 8-quart stockpot on medium-high heat, and cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and no pink remains in the sausage. Transfer the cooked Italian sausage to a paper towel-lined plate. The paper towel will absorb any excess grease from the sausage. Set aside.
In the same stockpot, on medium-high heat, add the diced carrots, diced yellow onion, minced garlic, dry Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Cook the vegetables and spices for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir it into the cooked vegetables until incorporated.
Add the vegetable broth, stewed tomatoes (that have been rough chopped) along with the liquid from the can, the cooked mild Italian sausage, and 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the fresh chopped kale and fresh cheese tortellini. Continue to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
If you use a bag of frozen cheese tortellini instead of fresh tortellini pasta, you will need to follow the time on the package for your cook time in step 4. It may take a couple of extra minutes for the tortellini to cook from frozen in the soup.
The sausage could be cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer to save even more time in this recipe.
You can cook the noodles separately and add them to individual servings instead of cooking all in one pot if you prefer. This can be a great option if you anticipate a lot of leftovers.