Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini


This tortellini soup with sausage embodies all the wonders of Italian cooking: Italian sausage, garlic, tomatoes, and red wine. Serve with hot bread and salad for a delicious meal. Garnish each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5 cups beef broth

  • 4 large tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup red wine

  • ½ tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 ½ cups sliced zucchini

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 8 ounces fresh tortellini pasta


  1. Cook sausage in a 5-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain grease, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pot.

  2. Sauté onions and garlic in drippings over medium heat until onions are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in beef broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrots, water, wine, basil, oregano, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

  3. Skim fat from soup. Stir in zucchini and parsley. Simmer covered for 30 minutes; add tortellini during the last 10 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
20g Fat
19g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 1145mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 23mg 116%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 704mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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