This tortellini soup is a complete meal in one pot that’s ready in less than 30 minutes! It’s full of sausage, beans, veggies and cheese tortellini, all cooked in a savory tomato broth. 

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I make soup at least once a week, it’s quick, easy and my family loves it. Some of our favorites include Italian wedding soup, cheeseburger soup and this tortellini soup.

A pot of tortellini soup with tomato broth, Italian sausage, spinach and carrots.

With school in session, I am ALL about the quick and easy dinner ideas. Our after school activity schedule can be crazy sometimes, and after a long day the last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen! This tortellini soup with sausage is a simple one pot meal that’s got it all: veggies, beans, plenty of sausage and tender cheese ravioli. It’s a complete dinner that’s ready in no time. And best of all, my kids adore it!

How do you make tortellini soup?

This tortellini soup recipe starts with some veggies – onion, carrot and celery to be exact. The veggies are cooked in a large pot, then in goes a package of mild Italian sausage. The sausage and vegetables are simmered with canned white beans, fresh spinach and cheese tortellini for a hearty and satisfying soup that will please the whole family.

Sausage, carrots, onion and celery in a soup pot.

Tips for tortellini soup

  • To get this soup on the table even faster, I often chop my vegetables earlier in the day or the night before.
  • You can use turkey, pork or even chicken sausage in this recipe.
  • This soup can be made ahead of time – simply omit the tortellini and stir them in when you reheat the soup.  The soup will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator or up to 2 months in the freezer.

A pot of soup with tortellini, spinach leaves and white beans.

Slow cooker tortellini soup

This soup is a great candidate for the slow cooker! Brown your veggies and sausage on the stovetop, then add all the ingredients to the crock pot with the exception of the tortellini and parsley. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours. Stir in the tortellini during the last 15 minutes of the cook time. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.

A ladle serving up a portion of tortellini soup.

Tortellini Soup Variations

There are so many different ways to customize this soup to your taste preferences!

  • Meat: Try cubed chicken or ground beef instead of sausage.
  • Tortellini: Use a different flavor of tortellini, or use small ravioli instead.
  • Vegetables: You can add other veggies to the mix such as mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers or potatoes.
  • Beans: While I typically use white cannellini beans, red kidney beans or chickpeas are also great choices.

A bowl of tortellini soup with sausage and vegetables.

Once you try this soup, you’ll find yourself making it on a regular basis! It’s so simple to make, yet hearty enough for the biggest appetites, and kids love it too!

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Tortellini Soup

AuthorSara Welch
A pot of tortellini soup with tomato broth, Italian sausage, spinach and carrots.
This tortellini soup is a complete meal in one pot that's ready in less than 30 minutes! It's full of sausage, beans, veggies and tortellini, all cooked in a savory tomato broth.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Serves 6


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup white onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1 19 ounce package Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage casings removed
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can white beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 9 ounce package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes or until just softened. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the sausage to the pan; cook for 5 minutes, using a spoon to break up the sausage into smaller pieces.
  • Add the chicken broth and crushed tomatoes to the pot, then bring to a simmer.
  • Add the tortellini, spinach and white beans to the pot, cook for 5 minutes.
  • Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the parsley and serve.


Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4865IU | Vitamin C: 25.2mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Made this at the firehouse. Crew loved it. I doubled the recipe and used hot Italian sausage seasoned with Italian seasoning.

  2. I made it tonight with the addition of some red chilli flakes, garlic, dried basil and a splash of red wine. My family said it was a definite “do-over”!

  3. Hello,

    This soup looks delicious. If I were to make it ahead of time and freeze it, once defrosted, would the tortellini still be firm?



    1. The tortellini will soften when frozen. You can freeze the soup without the tortellini, then add the tortellini when you reheat it.

  4. 5 stars
    Sausage and tortellini is a winning combination so this soup sounds like my idea of heaven!

    1. 5 stars
      Sara this soup is excellent. I am on my 2nd pot this month, only this pot is doubled. Everyone loves it including me.I have to freeze a few containers to save for my son when he comes over, so he can take some home with him. Thank you for the recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Yummy tortellini soup is so comforting and a complete meal too¡ I love that you added mini meatballs and veggies too. Need a bowl of this soup now.

  6. It was good but kind of bland. I used johnsonville hot Italian sausage and added 1 tsp of Italian seasoning. That helped. Maybe would make again

      1. All of the packages at my grocery store are so big, it made me unsure! Thank you so much for your quick reply. Making this for dinner!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this tonite! Delicious!! EASY/Fast which I like, filling & way more than 6 servings!! I added a dash of red pepper! I will definitely be putting this dish into my fall/winter menu planning!

  8. How much is considered a serving? I made this tonight and it was delicious. My husband is counting his calories and we weren’t sure what you consider a serving size.

  9. 5 stars
    Most excellent, but I never cook pasta in the pot…I cook it separately and add into the bowl as I serve it…It keeps the pasta from being mushy in the leftovers. I added a bit of crushed red chile and sauteed with the sausage and vegetables. Delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    This makes my mouth water! My family really enjoys the one pot meals like this. I would probably make a double recipe and freeze some of it.

  11. 5 stars
    Perfect fall recipe!! Love the savory pot with all the yummy items and sausage! Meal in a pot and these always taste good for a few days