Monday, January 16, 2012

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

I have a soft spot in my heart for tortellini.  There’s something about pasta all wrapped up with cheese that’s cozy and delicious – a perfect addition to a warm winter soup. 

To stretch our grocery budget a bit, we used only a half pound of meat and half of the recommended tortellini and up the veggies.  Easy ways to stretch meat and the can-be-pricey tortellini. 

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup  - Adapted from The Cooking Chemist


  • 1/2 lb. Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 medium onion, diced (or 2 T dried, minced onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 C beef broth
  • 3/4 C water
  • 1/4 C red wine
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 C quartered zucchini
  • 2 C thinly sliced carrots
  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 4-8oz whole wheat tortellini
  • 2 tsp. parsley
  • pepper, to taste


Begin by browning the turkey sausage.  We used ground turkey sausage from our freezer, already cooked & thawed. 

Add the 2 C carrots, onion & garlic and sauté them just a bit until warmed. 

Then, add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes (petite are always fun). 

Stir in 5 C beef broth, 3/4 C water, 1/4 C red wine (or more broth), 8 oz. tomato sauce, and spices.

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 30-40 minutes. 

Stir in the zucchini (if using frozen, add at the same time as the tortellini), and simmer 30 minutes.  Then, add in the tortellini, cook for 10 minutes, and prepare to serve. 

Scoop into bowls, garnish with additional parsley if desired. 

Serve warm. 



  1. I love this soup. It was actually on my menu plan for today. Just finished off a big bowl. Yum!

  2. wow this looks sooo yummy!! I love your blog :)

  3. How do you think this would taste meatless? Would it be flavorless?

  4. @ Chelsey --

    I'm guessing it would be more like a minestrone then, which should taste yummy, but certainly different than this recipe. I think the cheese-filled tortellini will give it enough to stand on it's own. But, you might want to increase the spices a bit. Let me know if you try it!

  5. looks amazing and just wat i need on these chilly nights!

  6. I love all the veggies in here, it sounds awesome!

  7. looks great....and I can tell by the ingredients it tastes great too! we have soup every combining all the mon, yues, wed left overs..always yummy!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.


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