Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Hi everyone, I am back with my final Italian sausage recipe for the week.  I recently went to Olive Garden for a work luncheon and I ordered the soup/salad/bread sticks…my usual at Olive Garden.  Well it was quite busy on this particular day and they literally ran out of food.  They were rationing out the parmesan cheese.  Anyway, when my soup arrived, it was “soupy.”  I love a hearty soup so I was a bit disappointed at how barren my bowl was.  I vowed to make a hearty soup when I got home.  Originally I wanted to mimic Olive Garden’s Soup but when I got home, I realized I did not have any chicken broth.  So, instead, I made a beef broth based soup which turned out just as good.


This recipe ended up being great.  It was quick and easy for a weeknight meal.  I wasn’t sure if the kids were going to eat it but they did.  My oldest did a visual inspection for beans.  When she didn’t see any, she decided it was safe to eat.


  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb of Italian Sausage
  • 9 ounce refrigerated tortellini
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 large zucchini


  1. In a skillet set over medium-high, cook the sausage until browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked sausage to a paper towel lined plate to drain; set aside.
  2. In a pot over medium heat, heat up the butter. Add onion, garlic and zucchini and cook until tender. Add flour and stir.  Gradually add broth and stir.  Add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the Italian sausage, tortellini, and spinach. Let simmer for 10 minutes to thicken up and for the tortellini to cook.  Garnish with cheese.

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25 thoughts on “Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

  1. You cook Italian food better than I do, and I am Sicilian! 🙂 We have a particular sausage here in Sicily and it’s made with finocchio (fennel seeds), it is found only here.


    1. Cool. The way I come up with recipes is based off what I have left over. Yesterday I did an everything bake and it included stuff I just had to use

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  2. Delicious soup – my recipe is called Italian Garden Soup – same thing except I use Chicken broth and add in Cannalini beans and green beans. My families favorite! I always like to see how others make what I do. Gives me great ideas. 🙂 Love your website.


    1. Patty, thanks so much. I like the green bean idea. I also like the cannalini but one of my kids swears she doesn’t eat beans. She does a visual check to make sure I haven’t hidden any in the meals.


  3. Thanks much. I was very interested in your soup, as I have a tortellini and sausage soup recipe on my blog also (2016/10/10). Mine is quite different than yours; it has beans, which your child wouldn’t appreciate. Bless you-I believe in families, so appreciate the way you value yours!

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