Garlicky Tortellini Soup With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Spinach


I got a similar recipe to this out of my local newspaper a long time ago. I've tweaked the recipe quite a bit over the years to suit our tastes. I hope this tortellini soup suits your family as well. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound mild sausage, removed from casings

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 (32 ounce) carton chicken broth

  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1 pound frozen cheese tortellini

  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (10 ounce) package fresh spinach, coarsely chopped

  • 10 leaves fresh basil, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste (Optional)

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or as needed


  1. Heat a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook sausage and onion until onion is soft and translucent, breaking up sausage as it cooks, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.

  2. Pour all chicken broth into the pot and bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Add tortellini and cook 5 minutes more. Add tomatoes with juice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer soup for 10 minutes.

  3. Stir spinach into soup; it will look like too much, but it will wilt quickly. Add basil and red pepper flakes and simmer 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Pass Parmesan cheese at the table when you serve the soup.

Cook's Note:

Feel free to use dried basil in place of fresh. Substitute hot sausage for mild, if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
18g Fat
34g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1656mg 72%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 420mg 9%

* 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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