Hearty Sausage And Tortellini Soup

tortellini soup
Tortellini Soup. Diana Rattray
  • 85 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 70 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
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This sausage and tortellini soup is loaded with vegetables and great flavor. Add a salad and crusty bread for a fabulous family meal.

Use chorizo or another spicy fresh sausage instead of Italian sausage, or make the tortellini soup with browned ground beef.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5 cups beef broth, preferably low sodium or unsalted
  • 2 cups diced peeled tomatoes, canned or fresh
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 rib celery, sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 8 to 10 ounces purchased fresh cheese tortellini
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

How to Make It

In a heavy stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, saute the sausage until cooked through, breaking it up as it cooks. This will take about 10 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to large bowl. Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan.

Add the onion and saute until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute.

Return the browned sausage to the pan and add the beef broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, celery, red wine, basil and oregano.

Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 35 to 45 minutes.

Add tortellini to soup and cook until it is tender, or about 8 to 10 minutes.

Season soup with salt and pepper, to taste.

Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Offer more Parmesan cheese at the table.

Serves 6.

Reader Comments

"I used a spicy sausage and all the other ingredients as directed. I did add the wine when I put the sausage back in and I then added the veggies and let that all saute for a min or two before adding the beef broth and the spices. It was fantastic! My family loved it. My daughter who is not a fan of tortellini was hoping for leftovers. Great mix of flavors." Janet

"Excellent recipe — would definitely use it again! Great for a cold day when you need to warm up." A.E.

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