Hearty Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2012

We love eating just about any variety of soup or stew — especially on cold winter evenings. And I love making soup because we always end up with lots of leftovers for later in the week or for the freezer… so yeah, we eat a lot of soup!

I “discovered” this recipe two years ago when I was making soup to take to school for Dave’s birthday lunch. I wanted something that was a little different than all the “traditional” soups, but still really hearty and delicious. Thankfully, this recipe was a huge hit and my pot was practically licked clean!

This soup is now a regular meal in our fall and winter meal plans. It stores well in the fridge for leftovers, it freezes wonderfully, it’s a complete meal all by itself, and of course, everyone loves it!

I love the idea of using stuffed pasta in a soup as I feel it makes the recipe more filling, and the sausage is a nice change from chicken or beef.

Recipe for Hearty Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup:

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  • 1 medium onion; diced {I used 2 small ones}
  • 3 garlic cloves {or 1 t. garlic powder}
  • 4 – 5 c. broth or water {I used 2 c. beef broth and 2 c. veggie broth}
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 4 carrots; peeled and chopped
  • 1 green pepper; chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can sliced mushrooms with liquid
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes {I just used 1 quart of my home-canned tomatoes}
  • 2 t. white sugar
  • 1 T. parsley
  • 1 T. basil
  • 1 T. oregano
  • 1 19 oz. package frozen tortellini {I used cheese, but beef would be good too}
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large stock pot, cook sausage, onions, and garlic until meat is no longer pink
  • Drain and return mixture to pot
  • Add in all the rest of the ingredients {except the tortellini} and bring to a low boil
  • Simmer until veggies are tender — about 15 minutes
  • Add frozen tortellini and simmer until it is cooked through {another 10 minutes}
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese on top

This soup only takes about 10 minutes of prep work and then 30 minutes of cooking/simmering — which means you can easily have dinner on the table in about 45 minutes! Or you could make this the night before and simply re-heat it when you get home at night.

I have also made this recipe in a crock pot, but I usually wait to add the tortellini until about 30 minutes before we’re ready to eat. YUM!! 

What is your favorite soup?

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9 comments

  1. Danita

    02/21/2012

    Looks Delicious! I love tortellini!

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  2. Faith @ Artistic31Mama

    02/21/2012

    This sounds so good! I will definitely need to add this to my list of recipes I want to try. I agree; I love soups and stews as well.

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  3. Amy

    02/22/2012

    I made this for supper and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Bonus- tortellini was on sale at Meijer. =)

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  4. Sol

    12/23/2013

    Andrea,

    I know you’re busy but I hope you see this before Christmas. I’m going to make this in a crockpot for a Christmas lunch party. I’m not sure how long it should cook? I’d like to get it going the night before but would that be too long?

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hi Sol, I’d say that 4-5 hours on high would probably be enough — overnight would be WAY too long! Also, you’ll want to wait to put the tortellini in until about 1 hour left.
    Good luck! hope you love this soup as much as we do!

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    Sol Reply:

    Oh geez! I would’ve messed that up. Thank you soooo much! :)

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    Sol Reply:

    Made it and it was a huge hit!!! …I ended up transferring to the stove to add the tortellini. An amazing soup! Thanks for sharing it.

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  5. Elizabeth

    03/24/2014

    How would this taste with ground turkey? I do not have sausage in the house! Looks yummy!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Well, you can definitely try it with ground turkey — but you might want to add some additional seasonings as the sausage flavor definitely adds some “kick” to the soup.

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