Sausage Tortellini Soup Recipe

Easy Sausage Tortellini Soup

This Italian soup recipe is super easy to make and it is perfect on a cold evening. Pair this with some hearty bread like some focaccia and you have a great comfort meal. Yeah, you could throw a salad on the table as well if you want your greens, but there is some Kale in the soup so technically you are getting your greens already.

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 cups


  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage hot or mild
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 pinch cayenne optional
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups kale chopped
  • 2 cups tortellini ~10 oz. (refrigerated or frozen)
  • Salt/ to taste


  • Remove the casings from the sausage if you purchased links. Cook and crumble the sausage and diced onions over medium-high heat until the onions are softened and the sausage is cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Drain grease. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to remove the raw flour taste.
  • Add basil, oregano, cayenne, hot sauce, mustard powder, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken broth and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pot. Slowly stir in the heavy cream. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  • Add the kale and tortellini and simmer for 3-5 minutes. (If your tortellini needs longer cooking time, add the tortellini first, then the kale during the last 5 minutes.)
  • Taste the soup and add salt if desired. Start with ¼ tsp and add more after that if needed.
  • Transfer to bowls and serve!

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