Most helpful positive review
Divine! Sublime!! LOVED this soup!!! No changes needed though perhaps a suggestion? Use 6 cups of beef broth versus 5 and add only as much tortellini as you plan on eating at each serving. The soup literally sopes up the broth, so if you have leftovers (which are even BETTER the next day) you have no broth as the tortellini has absorbed it! Thanks to Mary P - my hat's off to you!!!!Read More
Most helpful critical review
This was a good soup but it's not on my "favorites" list. I made this with hot italian sausage since that's what hubby likes. Mine turned out a little on the salty side, but I ran out of beef broth and had to add a little chicken stock...so that may have been why. I didn't have the fresh tomatoes so I used canned (which I like) and used a 6 oz can of tomato paste since I was out of tomato sauce. My husband enjoyed this and asked me to hold on to the left-overs for him. I like all of the ingredients that went into this soup, so I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy it more. I've been eyeing this recipe for a long time..so I'm glad I gave it a shot. Thanks Mary.Read More
Divine! Sublime!! LOVED this soup!!! No changes needed though perhaps a suggestion? Use 6 cups of beef broth versus 5 and add only as much tortellini as you plan on eating at each serving. The soup literally sopes up the broth, so if you have leftovers (which are even BETTER the next day) you have no broth as the tortellini has absorbed it! Thanks to Mary P - my hat's off to you!!!!
WOW! Delicious! Everyone LOVED this soup and went back for seconds. I served it with the foccacia bread recipe from this site, YUM! Only thing I changed was used broth instead of water and added 1 cup of spinach. To make it more practical I just used 3 cans beef broth which is a little over 5 cups. 2 medium sized carrots equals 1 cup and 1 medium sized zucchini equals 1.5 cups. I used petite cut diced canned tomatoes, drained - about a can and a half was perfect! DO NOT add any salt to this soup - I used low-sodium broth and it was a tad too salty for me. Thank you for this great recipe!
This soup is absolutely amazing! The first time I made it I used canned tomatoes instead of fresh and sweet Italian sausage... The second time I used hot sausage and took the time to peel/seed fresh tomatoes...it was worth it! The second soup was much better! I found the canned tomatoes to overpower the broth... and the hot sausage added a great kick! I want to make it over and over... serve with crusty bread and the rest of the bottle of wine ;)
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!! SERVE WITH CRUSTY BREAD AND BUTTER. CAN USE DRIED HERBS. DON'T ADD MORE SALT OR PEPPER AS IT IS SPICEY AS IS FOR MOST FOLKS. I THICKENED IT A LITTLE WITH A TB. OF CORNSTARCH, BECAUSE WE LIKE OUR BROTH A LITTLE THICKER. ALSO USED 16 OZ. OF FROZEN TORTELLINI.
This is WONDERFUL. I have made this soup several times and it has turned out great every time. I have used both canned tomatos as well as seeding and peeling them myself. I don't think I noticed a distinct difference. Saves time to just used canned. This soup has great flavor - and is very filling. I have used it as the main course with some crusty bread!
I used 4 links of spicy italian sausage, used 2 cups of chicken broth for some of the beef becasue I had some in the fridge, omitted the water, used a shiraz for the wine & increased it a bit, used dry basil, used frozen squash slices for the zuchinni, added some frozen sugar snap peas (cut in half), used parmesan-filled tortellini & added additional liquids because I made some additions to the recipe. (talk about a run-on sentence...I can feel all you English teachers wincing! LOL) This made a huge pot so I pulled enough out to feed hubby & I & then added the tortellini to our portions. (I didn't want the tortellini to get sogged out if frozen in soup)...freezing the rest before the peas & squash were fully cooked. It should be good as new when thawed. Served it w/ some parmesan breadsticks, a glass of shiraz & a salad....thanks Mary P!
I thought this was just ok, but Hubs particularly liked this as it is indicative of the rich, tomato-based, boldly flavored soups he's so fond of. I loosely followed the recipe, but used fresh herbs and my own tomato sauce from my garden rather than the fresh tomatoes and canned tomato sauce. This is the sort of good old-fashioned soup that begs to be tinkered with, using whatever you have on hand so everything gets used and nothing goes to waste. So many vegetables would work with this and a a can of cannellini or ceci (garbanzo) beans would be nice too. This is a little more "robust" than I personally tend to like, but after one spoonful just to taste (we're actually having this tomorrow) Hubs said, "Oh ye-aah. This is just the way I like it."
Update: 6/11 I used wine (as the recipe calls for) for the first time. HUGE difference. The flavor is much more rounded. Don't pass on the vino!! Family favorite! The only difference is I cook the tortellini seperately and once I serve it into bowls I pour the soup over the noodles. Then the noodles don"t sop up the broth or get mushy. I always cook a double batch and freeze some. Although my family fights over who gets the leftovers so sometimes it doesn't make it to the freezer. :).
I was encouraged to try this particular recipe based upon the enthusiastic reviews of my cooking club.Thank you for the recommendation, guys... and thank you so much for your submission Mary P.! I think this is a definite five- star- keeper recipe.
Here's my take on this wonderful recipe.....Used canned petite tomatos,corn,italian green beans and bow tie pasta....everything else was by the recipe!! FABULOUS!!!!!!!! The aroma in my kitchen even had the dogs mouth watering!!! Thanks for sharing!
Really liked this recipe. I was afraid to add the wine because I don't cook with it usually but it would not have been as good without it. My whole family loved. Thanks
This was a good soup but it's not on my "favorites" list. I made this with hot italian sausage since that's what hubby likes. Mine turned out a little on the salty side, but I ran out of beef broth and had to add a little chicken stock...so that may have been why. I didn't have the fresh tomatoes so I used canned (which I like) and used a 6 oz can of tomato paste since I was out of tomato sauce. My husband enjoyed this and asked me to hold on to the left-overs for him. I like all of the ingredients that went into this soup, so I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy it more. I've been eyeing this recipe for a long time..so I'm glad I gave it a shot. Thanks Mary.
One of my new favorite soups! Even though I used diced canned tomatoes and dried herbs, I thought this soup was rich tasting. I mixed mild and hot sausage together to add a little more heat to the broth. I used a cheap red wine, and I don't think it made any difference in flavor. I also subbed 1 can tomato soup for the sauce because that's what I had. I used green beans instead of zucchini to save a trip to the store. Quick to put together and good enough for guests! Add some crusty French or Italian bread, and you've got a delicious meal for a cold nights' dinner. Thanks, Mary!
Hands down the best soup I've ever made! Every time someone new tries it, they want the recipe. I have used canned tomatoes instead of fresh and no one has been able to tell the difference. It's my favorite allrecipes recipe!
Yum I made a few changes.. I bought butternut and sage tortellini, I used chicken broth...and I used white wine.. So YUM YUM... Next time I'm going with cheese tortillini and beef broth.. Maybe *** update.. made this again with the beef broth, red wine and cheese tortillini. Just as good as the last time. Thanks again for the recipe.
Delicious Recipe! I threw everything plus some fresh mushrooms in a slowcooker for a couple or hours to really blend the flavors and put in the tortellini at the end. I also used 2 cans of diced Italian tomatoes. I couldn't imagine messing with the fresh tomatoes when the canned tasted just fine. I topped it wish some grated parm and fresh basil and served it with some ciabatta bread and it was DELICIOUS!!! It tasted so good I couldn't believe how easy it was!
Wonderful soup and a great way to get your veggies. I use Hot Italian sausage, 3 cans of beef broth, skip the wine and add 1 cup water. Also saute the onions and garlic in olive oil instead of the sausage grease. I don't use fresh basil or parsley, just the dehydrated flakes from the seasoning aisle. Have made with up to 19oz of cheese tortellini or half that if I want to save some. The tortellini instructions are sketchy, just cook them till they float. This soup is great! Served w/some Tuscan bread & dipping sauce (oil and herbs). It's also very filling. Thanks for a great recipe!
Delicious Soup! Everyone really enjoyed it! I doubled the recipe and used 2 tablespoons of minced garlic. I used roma tomatoes about 10 of them. I used both zucchini and yelloq sqaush. The basil leaves really add a lot of flavor to this soup. I recommend saving a few leaves till right before service because it will really emphasize the flavor more.
If I could give this 10 stars I would! This soup is so good! I am not usually a sausage fan, but I really enjoyed it in the soup. I served it for a causal dinner party with rosemary bread and some salad and it got rave reviews. I can't wait to make this again. The only thing I changed was that there was'nt any zucchni at the grocery so I used red, yellow and green peppers and some spinach. The color it added was great. I also put some fresh basil on top to serve as I felt it lost flavor as it cooked in the soup.
This is so good it'll make ya' slap your granny! WOW!! I didn't have everything it called for to make this. All I can say is, if it's this good without all the ingredients, it's gonna be a humdinger with them! I didn't have any zucchini nor did I have any tortellini. I used rotini pasta instead. I don't like changing stuff the first time I make a recipe - otherwise what's the point in rating the recipe? Don't think there's a thing about it that I will change once I get the tortellini and the zucchini. Thanks Mary P!
Absolutely delicious just as written. The first one to test it was my 3-yr-old grandson and he devoured it! I'm on my second bowl as we speak. I know this is going to be a regular addition to my menu. Thank you so much for a great soup recipe.
Absolutely amazing! My boyfriend and I will be going to a family "soup-off" this morning and are bringing this soup. I'm so excited to wow the rest of my family members. We had it last night and I wish I made more!! We added spinach instead of zucchini and had spicy sausage instead of sweet (just personal preference). It made the house smell delicious and made our roommates quite jealous when I only let them have a spoonful. I'm very excited to keep playing with this recipe for years.
I left out the tomatoes and onion and added in a yellow pepper. I deglazed my pan with white wine and used a different pasta. (Had to work with what I had). Great soup! Would make again.
Great soup recipe. Although I made several modifications. Instead of fresh basil I used 3 tablesppons of store-bought pesto. Instead if tortellini I used raviolini, plus I added a 5 oz bag of baby spinach and increased the garlic to 6 cloves.
This was super fantastic. Mine was a little salty but that was my own fault. My family cans fresh tomatoes every year so I used that. I forgot about the salt content combined with everything else. HOWEVER, had I not made that little mistake it would have been perfection. A great recipe. Loved it, loved it, and loved it some more. And to Josie, Review posted October 2003, who gave it three stars and changed some of the most important ingriedents.... you didn't like it because you screwed up the recipe.
I decided to try something different for dinner last night and chose this recipe. It was delicious! My husband and I couldn't get enough. The only thing I didn't have was zucchini (hubby was grateful. HA!)and the recipe was still fantastic. The fresh herbs stand out and the addition of a little cheese is perfect. I used 2 cheese tortellini pasta. I will definitely be adding this to my dinner rotation. Can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch. Thank you Mary P for a wonderful recipe.
This soup was very tasty. I followed it very closely except I used spinach instead of zucchini, boxed tortellini instead of fresh, and dried herbs instead of fresh. The flavors came together very well. My only (minor) complaint is that there didn't seem to be much liquid left after the tortellini soaked it all up. It may be worthwhile to use more of the liquid ingredients.
This was perfect. Made a double batch and served the neighborhood. Followed the recipe almost exactly, with the exception of using canned tomatoes rather than fresh. Delish!
FANTASTIC go-to recipe. Do not skip the fresh grated parmesan for garnish. Also, don't add the fresh basil until the end with the garnish.
I'm just cooking this now and it smells really amazing. The only other thing I added is a bit of fennel seed that I crushed up. I've been putting that in a lot of Italian sauces lately. It's probably already in the sausage but it gives it a nice aroma. I wish I had put it in while sauteeing the sausage but I added it to the broth with everything else. Update: EVERYONE I've ever fed this to has LOVED it, including a good friend who is a professionally trained chef and wanted the recipe!
Great recipe. I have made it a few times. No changes necessary at all. However... once I had a green and red pepper in my fridge that was getting a little past its prime (I HATE wasting food) so I chopped them up... added it to the soup. Again... excellent. Thanks for sharing.
Oh my, this was sooo tasty. And the other reviewers are right, it makes your entire house smell like an authentic Italian restaurant. The only thing I did not care for was the tortellini. It's probably my fault cuz I bought frozen ones but I think next time I'll just use elbow or bow-tie, not cheese stuffed tortellini. Otherwise this is a gourmet tasting meal. Thanks! **Updated review - made with a half-pound or so of elbow macaroni instead of tortellini - WOW!! Restaurant quality at home! 5+ stars now!**
This is always a hit in my house. I used canned diced tomatoes (drained) instead of chopping fresh tomatoes. Only add as much totellini as you will eat in one day. It gets soggy if left in the soup over night.
The best soup ever. My family love it and requests it all the time. I've been making this for a year. The only change I made was that my mother didn't like beef broth so we used chicken and I haven't made it with beef again. I honestly think this soup is amazing and it is very nice to have it every so often(a little to much work for me to make more often) I highly recommend trying this. It's very easy to change things that you don't like, like I did with the broth, and it still makes an amazing soup.
I made this soup for a dinner party the other night and the entire group raved about it. My husband, who normally considers soup as no more than a side, told me that this is the best meal I have ever made. I did add an extra 1/2 cup of broth and 1/2 cup of water to the soup as I prefer a little more broth.
This is now my families favorite! The small amount of wine really adds a rich flavor to this hearty soup. I didn't have zuchinni but substituted fresh mushrooms. I also used two cans of stewed tomatoes in place of the fresh tomatoes. This is an easy recipe that freinds will beg for the recipe!
I added a 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes, used frozen tortellini, simmered for 30 minutes, put the soup in the fridge overnight and reheated the next day. It was awesome.
This is a great recipe!!! Thank you for sharing. I have made it a few times now and it has been a huge hit. I have made it for a large holiday party and pplaced in a crock pot to keep warm while freeing up the stove. Thank you again this is definately a keeper!
There aren't enough stars to rate this soup. I use chunks of carrots and celery, lots of garlic and green onion. To avoid the fat issue I brown and drain Hot Italian sausage and then I use lots of paper towels and squeeze the fat out of the meat. I also use a slow cooker for 10-12 hours and add the tortellin 20 minutes before serving.
Great! Served it with Cuban Sandwiches
SO YUMMERS! Everyone loved it. I used canned tomatoes and it was still awesome. Also used 3 fresh italian sausages from my deli...so great. Will make again and again. Good tip on making pasta separate and then adding to each bowl. Makes leftovers better/easier :)
4.5 star rating from my family of five. I rounded up because one of the kids gave it a four just because she didn't like the sausage. It was a very flavorful soup and a nice change during the week. The fresh basil really took this to a new level. I followed the recipe exactly.
This was so delicious! My husband and I loved it, and even my picky kids ate it.
This soup dish is a keeper, my family loves it. Very flavorable, and hearty. For the sausage I use Bob Evans italian, I fry the onion w/the sausage, you don't have grease to drain, what is left behind is enough to add more flavor to the soup, then add the rest of the ingredients. I serve mine w/a good bread...YUM
Very good tasting soup
I just made this soup and it is one of the BEST soups I think I have ever made. You have to try it.
awesome! this is a great soup - very hearty. my boyfriend and i loved it and will probably be making it regularly. i used fresh tomatoes and de-seeded them but didn't peel them and the soup still tasted great.
serve with hot pepper flakes
My family thought this was a fabulous soup. Very tasty and healthy ingredients overall. I always make the recipes exactly as they read the first time. I was very happy with it, but next time I will just try some plain shaped pasta because we really aren't into the cheese filled tortellini. Other than this future change, it was very delicious. Will be making it again!
Delicious! I used homemade beef broth and I did not have ANY tomatoes in my house (shocker!) so I used a can of diced tomatoes. I also chose to use fresh oregano but use dried parsley cause we didn't have the fresh. Very hearty and good soup!
Delicious! The house still smells wonderful a day later. I didn't have zucchini, so I added some fresh spinach. Still turned out great!
Wow. I read through this recipe a half a dozen times making sure I added all the ingredients correctly, and I did. To my dismay, this recipe was not good at all. I'm really surprised it got so many great reviews...what am I missing?
I've made this recipe before and my husband loves it. Infact I'm making it again tonight! This recipe is a must try!!!!!
Great recipe, very tasty! I made this pretty much by the original recipe, but with the following changes; Tomatoes aren't good this time of year so I used 2 cans of organic diced tomatoes. The shopper in our family brought back frozen meat tortellini instead of fresh, so we used those and they turned out great. The only other thing I did was after removing the casings from the sweet Italian sausage I cut them into bite size pieces and browned them in a saute pan. I then took them out piece by piece and put them into a paper towel lined bowl to absorb the excess fat. This worked really well and I didn't need to skim any fat off the soup because there wasn't any! I served this with sourdough rolls and the crowd went wild! Great recipe, and I thank the original poster.
I have made this soup probably 2 dozen times and each time i love it more and more. I don't change anything about it, its perfect as it is. Next time I make it i'm going to use andouille sausage just to see how that compares!
Loved it. This was a very simple soup, I used turkey sausage instead of Italian sausage and my husband loved it. I can't wait to make it again.
Absolutely delicious. Our new favorite soup. I used canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh ones and scallions instead of onions. Try garlic and cheese sausage or turkey sausage. Yummmmmmmm....
After making this multiple times, I really do feel that what makes this soup is the type of wine used. I tried different kinds, but it truly comes down to the old adage "Cook with wine you would normally drink". My last attempt I used a Merlot I prefer, and it was by far the best batch I had tried. I love this soup! Thank you for sharing the recipe!
This was so good! Very tasty soup, and it gets better if you cook it for a long time; makes great leftovers, too. I used part canned tomatoes, since I didn't have enough fresh, and I used homemade beef stock (which makes it even better). I definitely recommend!
Extremely tasty.....this one went quickly. I didn't have a double boiler to use, but it didn't make much of a difference.
Absolutely delicious. I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of two wholefresh ones, and it is the best. Thanks for sharing this.
Absolutely wonderful. Everyone loved it. Pretty easy to make too! I questioned how well the carrots would fit in the flavor scheme but followed the recipe and they worked really well and were nice and soft. Threw some spinach in in the last few minutes too. Definitely making again!
Excellent recipe! We loved the fact that it had so many vegetables in it, and it was delicious and rich tasting at the same time. Thanks for sharing!
I always make this the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator over night. Then, I put it in the crock pot all day. The spices are perfect this way. I serve it with cheese croutons instead of bread. They soak in the broth and add some great flavor!
This soup is so colorful and so good. I used reduced sodium beef broth and no-salt canned tomatoes; I would recommend using as many reduced sodium ingredients as possible in this recipe as it definitely leans to the salty side. My zucchini was too old, so I used 1/2 cup of frozen spinach in its place which worked well. Since others remarked that the tortellini absorbed a lot of the soup liquid, I just kept them separate and added them into the bowl as I served the soup. Next time, I would add more basil & oregano.
I made this in the slow cooker so that I could come home to it tonight. OMG, it was wonderful. The kitchen smelled great, and the soup was delicious. I used a goat cheese and sun-dried tomato ravioli in lieu of tortellini. The thing I like about this is that you can play around with different tortellini flavors and different sausage flavors. Thanks for a great recipe!
Very good. I used turkey sausage to make it healthier. I found that not much sausage was needed to infuse the flavor throughout the soup.
This is a wonderful, hearty, tasty soup! I have made it several times already. I use hot italian sausage as my family likes a little zip! I followed the recipe exactly, and fresh herbs really make a difference. Highly recommended!!
This soup was amazing! Instead of the tomatoes I used 1 can of petite diced I did not use tomato sauce instead I added 1 small can of V-8 juice (I use V-8 in most of my soups). I will definetly be making this soup again.
Tasty soup. One suggestion...it's hard to "skim the fat off the top" as stated in the recipe.
Well, I made the soup now for the eighth time. So good, so filling, so perfect. Every time I make it I'm amazed at how good it is.
HOLY COW! This was the best soup I have EVER made! Made it at home and again for a family get together and EVERYONE gobbled it up! So amazing! I did use can tomatoes with basil instead of fresh tomatoes. I didn't drain them so I omitted the water. AWESOME recipe and now one of my favorite!!!
great! i made some changes based on what i had, but i think it would be delicious exactly as written as well. i omitted the water and used extra broth and wine instead for more flavor, and i used two cans of tomato sauce instead of one and the four tomatoes. i also left out the carrots and zucchini (i didn't have any), added about 2 tbsp of heavy cream for a slightly more substantial broth, and added about 1/2 c parmesan cheese while it was cooking. for a more substantial soup, double the tortellini but only add an extra 1/2 of the amount of everything else in the recipe.
This is really, really good. I served it today to 30 people and it was a big hit! I liked it and I am not a big soup fan. The only thing I changed was to use canned tomatoes.
This is a great recipe. The soup is very hearty.
This soup was great. It was a hit even with my sceptical husband. I followed the recipe pretty much but used Italian chicken sausage and Garlic chicken sausage because that is what I had on hand. I also used fat free Chicken broth. Great recipe and will make again.
This is a wonderful soup!!! I have been making it for years. I also have modified it many a times. The broth is very versatile and can easily be made with beef and also accepts surplus veggies from the garden. I have also used canned diced tomatoes in place of the fresh ones. The original recipe I have calls for a chopped green bell pepper, too.
So great! The only change I made was the use of canned, diced tomatoes that were seasoned with basil, garlic and oregano as opposed to fresh tomatoes. The end result was delicious. An A+ recipe!
This is one of my favoite recipes of all time. My husband and kids ages 2,4, and 7 loved it too. I followed recipe exactly.
Brought this to a pot luck dinner...EVERYONE loved it. I had to omit the tortellini...too expensive for me, but I used rigatoni pasta, which went over quite well. I also accidentally grabbed a package of hald spicy, half sweet sausage....that went over well too! Hubby demands we make this one again for lunches!
My family loved this recipe. It was very easy. I didn't change a thing. My husband keeps asking for this every week. Thanks Mary!
This was restaurant-quality. I followed the recipe exactly as written and we loved it. In the future I might try with fresh spinach and/or cannellini beans, NOT that it needs and sprucing-up.
my husband thinks this is amazing
The broth was DEVINE! So good. Thank you for the recipe. I left out the fresh tomatoes and just doubled the tomato sauce..but that is just a personal preference. We just loved this meal!
What a wonderful and tasty soup. My husband really enjoyed it. It had such a nice, rich flavor. I will definately be making this again soon. Thanks!
This soup was absolutely delicious! I will definitely make it often.
This soup is awesome. I make it often and I've never had a bad response. Its even better as leftovers as it thickens up!
I made this yesterday when the heat index in MD was 124 degrees. Not normally the weather you would be thinking about soup but I had an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes from my garden. I didn't have red wine so I just added a full cup of water. My husband loved it served with a garden salad with homemade blue cheese dressing and garlic bread. Will make again!
fantastic! Family loved it. used canned tomatoes instead of fresh since they are out of season and expensive. also used little more sweet italian sausage than called for. wouldn't change anything else. Definately a redo!
Very good! Made the soup without the tortellini & then froze it. Rewarmed and then added Tortellini. My Italian FIL loved it!
I could only find Hot Italian sausage, and the recipe was still great! The non-spicy lovers in my house weren't huge fans, but for those of us who liked the extra spicy kick, it was perfect!
Delish! I made a few minor changes though.. I used chicken broth vs beef, left out the wine (only because I did not have any on hand at the time!), and chopped my carrots vs slicing them. I added additional fresh chopped basil too, and a touch of salt and pepper. :)
AMAZING!! So good! Wouldn't change a thing!
This recipe was terrific! Both my husband and I loved it and the leftovers were gone in a day or two. I am not a big sausage fan, but this is definately a keeper. I look forward to making it again! ...Only gave it 4 stars for kid friendly, because we dont have any childern to test it out on ;)
So great! I used Italian sausage with Basil, 1 can of italian style dice tomatoes in place of seeded and chopped tomatoes, also added italian seasoning. It was a little too salty for us, so next time I will cut the broth in half and replace the other half with water and will also use low sodium.
This soup was fantastic! We are still raving!! We followed the recipe- it was amazing. I will use a hot /spicy sausage next time- there will be many next times!! Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe!!
This soup was delicious! Every year we have soup for my mother-in-laws birthday. This was the last soup to arrive, but the first one to go. I used one can of diced tomato instead of fresh ones and it turned out fine and cut out some of the work. A favorite for sure!