Easy 30 Minute Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

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This simple, hearty meal is made in one pot and ready in about 30 minutes. Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup will become one of your favorite dinners for busy weeknights or anytime!

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

There’s something incredibly comforting about a bowl of hearty, rustic soup, especially when it’s a traditional Italian dish like Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup. This creamy and easy-to-make one-pot wonder combines the rich flavors of Italian sausage, tender tortellini, and nutritious kale to create a soul-warming meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Join me in my kitchen, and I’ll show you how to whip up this delicious dish in just 30 minutes!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • COMFORT FOOD – Made with tortellini pasta and a creamy red sauce that makes for a hearty meal. 
  • TASTY VEGGIES – Soups are a great way to sneak extra vegetables into your family’s diet without all the complaining.
  • QUICK AND EASY – Everything is made in one pot and the soup is ready in just 30 minutes!
Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

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Ingredients for Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

  • Italian sausage (hot or mild)
  • onion
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • chicken broth
  • crushed tomatoes
  • cheese tortellini
  • heavy whipping cream
  • kale
  • oregano, basil, red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper

How to make Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

  1. Prepare the Italian Sausage: In a large dutch oven, cook the Italian sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a spoon as it browns. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink and has a beautiful golden-brown color, about 5-7 minutes. Drain any excess grease and set aside in a separate bowl.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: Add diced onions and chopped carrots to the pot and sauté them for about 3-4 minutes until the onions become translucent and fragrant. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Now add the cooked sausage back into the pot.
  3. Tomatoes and Seasonings: Pour in the crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Stir everything together and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Add Broth and Tortellini: Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add the tortellini and cook according to the package instructions. Fresh tortellini usually takes around 2-3 minutes, while frozen tortellini may take a bit longer. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  5. Incorporate Kale: Stir in the chopped kale and let it wilt in the hot soup for about 2 minutes. The vibrant green color of the kale adds a lovely contrast to the soup.
  6. Creamy Finish: Reduce the heat to low, pour in the heavy cream, and stir gently. Let the soup simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat through and thicken slightly.
  7. Serve and Garnish: Ladle the Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup into bowls. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves if desired. The Parmesan adds a nutty, salty kick, while the basil offers a hint of freshness.
Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup in a bowl

History of Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

As we savor this delightful bowl of Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup, let’s take a moment to appreciate the history and tradition behind this beloved Italian dish. Italian cuisine is known for its simplicity, bold flavors, and use of fresh, high-quality ingredients. This soup embodies all of these qualities.

The use of Italian sausage, with its robust flavors and spices, is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Italy. Sausage has been a staple in Italian cuisine for centuries, and its addition to this soup brings an irresistible depth of flavor.

The choice of tortellini, those delightful little pasta pockets filled with cheese, is a nod to Italy’s pasta-making expertise. Tortellini, originally from the Emilia-Romagna region, is a symbol of culinary artistry in Italy. It pairs perfectly with the creamy soup base, creating a harmonious blend of textures.

Kale, a leafy green often associated with healthy eating, adds a touch of vibrancy and nutrition to the dish. Its inclusion is a reminder that Italian cuisine balances indulgence with wholesome ingredients, creating dishes that are both satisfying and nourishing.

A big bowl of Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

The Creamy Touch

One of the standout features of this Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup is its creamy richness. The addition of heavy cream at the end of the cooking process transforms the soup into a luscious and velvety masterpiece. Creaminess is a hallmark of many Italian dishes, from Alfredo sauce to risotto. It provides a luxurious mouthfeel and enhances the overall comfort factor of the soup.

When incorporating heavy cream, it’s essential to do so gently and over low heat to prevent curdling. The cream should be added just before serving to ensure it retains its smooth texture and doesn’t break down during cooking.

Soup garnishes

Garnishes That Elevate

While the soup is delicious on its own, a few garnishes can take it to the next level.

  • Grated Parmesan cheese is a classic choice, providing a salty and nutty contrast to the creamy broth. Try different cheeses as well such as mozzarella or shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  • Fresh basil leaves, with their aromatic fragrance, add a pop of color and a burst of freshness to each spoonful.
  • Croutons would add a nice bit crunch.
  • Red pepper flakes area a great addition for a little extra kick.

Feel free to experiment with other garnishes as well.

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup in bowls

In just 30 minutes, you’ve created a masterpiece of Italian cuisine: Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup. Its hearty flavors, creamy texture, and nutritious ingredients make it a delightful and satisfying meal for any occasion.

So, grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and whip up this easy-to-make one-pot meal for dinner this week. Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup is a taste of Italy, right in your own kitchen. Buon appetito!

Tips & Tricks

  • Make a healthier variation of this soup by using chicken sausage instead of Italian sausage.
  • If you don’t like kale, use baby spinach in this recipe in the same amounts.
  • Garnish with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan cheese. For an extra kick, add more red pepper flakes.
  • You can use ravioli instead of tortellini for the pasta in this soup.

Storage

Store leftover soup in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. The tortellini will absorb some of the broth, and you may need to add a little water or chicken broth before reheating.
It is not recommended to freeze this soup. Tortellini do not freeze well after cooking and will become too soft. If you want to freeze some of the soup, freeze it before adding the tortellini and cream. Then you can heat your soup base and add the pasta and cream as in the original recipe.

Can you freeze tortellini soup?

Once tortellini has been cooked, it is not recommended for freezing. You can freeze the base of the soup before adding the tortellini and cream.

What is tortellini filled with?

Tortellini is typically filled with ricotta cheese, but it can also be filled with meat such as pork.

What is the difference between tortellini and ravioli?

Ravioli are made with 2 layers of pasta in a pillow shape with filling in between. Tortellini are made with 1 piece of pasta folded over with filling inside. 

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A big bowl of Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

Easy 30 Minute Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

Melisha Kreppein
This simple, hearty meal is made in one pot and ready in about 30 minutes. Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup will become one of your favorite dinners for busy weeknights or anytime!
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Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup, Soups &amp, Stews
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 417 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Italian sausage hot or mild, your preference
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 carrots roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes canned
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes adjust to your preferred spiciness
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 20 oz fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups kale roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Italian Sausage: In a large dutch oven, cook the Italian sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a spoon as it browns. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink and has a beautiful golden-brown color, about 5-7 minutes. Drain any excess grease and set aside in a separate bowl.
  • Sauté the Aromatics: Add diced onions and chopped carrots to the pot and sauté them for about 3-4 minutes until the onions become translucent and fragrant. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Now add the cooked sausage back into the pot.
  • Tomatoes and Seasonings: Pour in the crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Stir everything together and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Add Broth and Tortellini: Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add the tortellini and cook according to the package instructions. Fresh tortellini usually takes around 2-3 minutes, while frozen tortellini may take a bit longer. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Incorporate Kale: Stir in the chopped kale and let it wilt in the hot soup for about 2 minutes. The vibrant green color of the kale adds a lovely contrast to the soup.
  • Creamy Finish: Reduce the heat to low, pour in the heavy cream, and stir gently. Let the soup simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat through and thicken slightly.
  • Serve and Garnish: Ladle the Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup into bowls. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves if desired. The Parmesan adds a nutty, salty kick, while the basil offers a hint of freshness.

Notes

Garnish Options:

  • grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • croutons
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • redd pepper flakes
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Tips & Tricks

  • Make a healthier variation of this soup by using chicken sausage instead of Italian sausage.
  • If you don’t like kale, use baby spinach in this recipe in the same amounts.
  • Garnish with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan cheese. For an extra kick, add more red pepper flakes.
  • You can use ravioli instead of tortellini for the pasta in this soup.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcalCarbohydrates: 58.6gProtein: 19.7gFat: 14.2gSaturated Fat: 5.8gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 1072mgPotassium: 1470mgFiber: 10.5gSugar: 4.1gCalcium: 278mgIron: 7mg
Keyword comfort food, soup
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