Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

Hearty and flavorful, Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup is an easy recipe for fall and winter. Simple to make, and a fall soup that’s sure to please!

Rustic Tortellini Soup

This is a yummy new soup that was gobbled up at our house, and it’s full of some of my favorite things. It’s hearty without being heavy, filling, flavorful, and a little bit spicy—and SO delicious!

Soup is one of the best meals around. I love a big post of soup simmering on the stove–there’s something just so cozy about it.  Serve with crusty bread, and it’s the perfect lunch or dinner.  Or both.  :)

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

This particular recipe is definitely a new favorite.  It has already made it to my recipes binder, which is saved only for our tried and true recipes.  It’s easy, comes together quickly, and is tantalizingly good.  It’s adapted from a Taste of Home recipe, and we made a few changes to our liking.

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

I doubled the recipe, but still only used one package of tortellini.  It worked for our family of eight, with leftovers for lunch the next day.  It does have red pepper flakes, so you can adjust those to your “spicy” level, and depending on your kiddos!  We left them in–although our kids are used to spicy foods and like them.  If you leave out the red pepper flakes, you may need to up the other spices.


Rustic Tortellini Soup

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

5 from 1 vote
Kierste Wade | Old Salt Farm
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean ground pork Italian sausage
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans, 14-1/2 ounces each reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can, 14-1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package, 9 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 package, 6 ounces fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, more or less to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • Crumble sausage into a large pot. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, water, and tomatoes, then bring to a boil.
  • Add the tortellini, and return to a boil. Cook for 7-9 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, then add the spinach, basil, pepper, Italian seasoning, and pepper flakes. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted. Serve with Parmesan cheese! Serves 4-6.
Course :Soup, Soup/Stew
Cuisine :Soup
Keyword :Fall Recipes, Fall Soups, Soup, Soup Recipes, Winter Recipes
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  1. My wife loves the prepackaged cheese tortellini, but I find it a bit lacking sometimes. It looks like this recipe does a good job dressing it up!

    1. I agree, Doug–all the other ingredients are a great compliment to the tortellini. I’d love to know what you think after you make it!

  2. I made this for dinner tonight. I added one small chopped onion before I added the garlic and I omitted the red pepper flakes since I have 4 small kids. It was a hit! Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yay! So glad you guys loved it too! Thanks so much for coming back to tell me. xoxo

  3. 5 stars
    My family and friends rave about this recipe. I’m asked to make it over and over. Just perfect!

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