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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

My tomato-based Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage is the perfect soup to warm you up on a chilly day. This Italian Tortellini Soup is simple to prepare and tastes similar to lasagna without all the extra work.

Tortellini Sausage Soup

Easy Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

When I say that this is comfort food, I really mean it. Cheese-filled tortellini, tender, and juicy Italian sausage, tomatoes, all in a rich tomato-based broth.

Spoon up this soup with a big piece of crusty garlic bread, and watch the family come running when you say dinner is ready. Best of all, this recipe comes together in a hurry. For me, that is a huge win, especially on those nights I don’t really want to spend all evening be in the kitchen.  

I have found that this is a dish my entire family will eat without any complaining. Or much, anyway.

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Tortellini Sausage Soup

I’m not really sure where or when my almost complete obsession with red sauce happened, but I’m not questioning it. My love is pure and true, and so far – neverending. 

You’ll see it in my spaghetti and meatballs, easy marinara, and my lasagna as well. Okay and also the pizza pastapepperoni rotini bakeMeatball Stuffed Manicotti, Italian Meatballs with Creamed Spinach, Mini Meatballs with Fresh herbs, Smoked Meatball Rigatoni, and spaghetti with mushroom meat sauce.

I love tomatoes. It is what I do.

What Is Tortellini Soup?

My tortellini soup is a tomato-based soup that jam-packed with savory Italian sausage, fresh cheese-filled tortellini and topped with copious amounts of mozzarella. Many say it reminds them of lasagna, but without work that goes into a layered or rolled dish.

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

What Is The Best Tortellini for The Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage 

The best tortellini for your tortellini soup is the fresh refrigerated tortellini. They offer a few different brands, and we reach for a cheese filled tortellini. You can find some tortellini that is filled with spinach or mushrooms. Any of those varieties would be delicious, but fresh is preferred over frozen.

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Can You Freeze Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup? 

I have found that you can indeed freeze this soup, but without the tortellini. The tortellini will break down too much in the freezing process. I recommend if you are going to be freezing this soup to keep the tortellini out, and then when you go to reheat it, add in the tortellini once the soup is warmed through. 

What Goes With Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup 

Here are a few of our favorite sides to pair with our tortellini soup. 

Those are a few of the sides we usually serve. I find the fresh green salad offers a great texture contrast that is light and refreshing.

When we do leftovers, I will occasionally make some sandwiches and then serve half a sandwich with a bowl of tortellini soup.

Tortellini Soup with Sausage

What is the Best Italian Sausage for Tortellini Soup

This is really all about preference. While some might reach for mild Italian, while others want a spicy take and reach for a spicy. Or if you like the hint of sweet reach for sweet Italian sausage. 

Just know that Italian sausage is slightly different than a ground breakfast sausage. Most grocery stores have Italian sausage on hand that you can buy. 

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Tortellini Sausage Soup

Yield: 8 servings

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

A delicious and easy soup that is full of ground beef, Italian Sausage, tomatos, cheese, and tortellini. The whole family will love this hearty, filling soup that can DEFINITELY be made into a full meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 pound Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Parmigiano Reggiano rind
  • 1 package tortellini or as many as you think your family can eat in one sitting
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano


  1. Put your sausage, and ground beef into a large stock pot over medium to medium high heat. Cook the meat, breaking it up as it cooks, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add in the chopped onions and garlic, and turn the heat down to medium. Continue cooking until all of the meat is browned and the onions are soft. Remove any excess fat from the pan. Add the oregano, basil, and red pepper. Stir well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, bay leaves, and chicken stock right into the pot. Let all of it come to a boil over medium to medium-high heat, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Add your Reggiano rind at this point.
  4. Let the soup simmer for an additional 20-25 minutes, and then carefully add your tortellini into the simmering pot.
  5. Cook the pasta in the soup according to the package directions, which are usually pretty short for fresh pasta. As soon as the pasta is done, remove from heat, stir in fresh basil and grated Reggiano.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 584Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 1387mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 38g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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