One Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup is a comforting and flavorful soup loaded with Italian sausage, tomatoes, cheese tortellini, and fresh spinach. And, it is as delicious as it is easy to make, coming together in less than 30 minutes! Top off each bowl with some shaved parmesan cheese for serving. If you love tortellini, I also have a Crockpot Tortellini Soup you will want to try.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Italian Sausage: I used mild Italian sausage in the soup. You could certainly substitute spicy Italian sausage, ground pork sausage, turkey sausage, ground chicken, or even ground beef, but it may change the flavor profile of the soup.

Tomatoes: This soup definitely has a tomato taste, which I love. Add a can of diced tomatoes (no need to drain) and tomato paste. For more of a kick, add a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis (or your favorite variety).

Chicken Broth: This soup has a both broth and cream base. You could substitute chicken stock for chicken broth, but the stock may give the soup a richer flavor.

Tortellini: I love cheese tortellini, but you could definitely use meat-filled (beef or pork) tortellini or vegetable tortellini like spinach and mushroom. If using frozen tortellini, you can add it to the pot in the final few minutes of cooking or boil it ahead of time.

Spinach: Use fresh or frozen spinach in the soup. If using fresh, you will need 2 cups. If substituting frozen spinach, use a 10-ounce bag, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid.

Steps for adding ingredients to One Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup.

Crockpot Sausage Tortellini Soup

Yes, you can make this soup in a slow cooker, but you will have to brown the Italian sausage first. After that, let the crockpot do the rest of the work. To the bowl of your slow cooker, add the browned sausage. Next, add the onion, tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and heavy cream. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. After 3-4 hours, add the spinach and tortellini to the crockpot and cook for an additional 7-8 minutes. The tortellini should be cooked through and the spinach will be wilted.

Bowls of One Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup.

How to Store Tortellini Soup

One Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 3-4 days. Reheat the soup in a pot on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Bowls of One Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup.

Freezing & Reheating Sausage Tortellini Soup

Soups are great to make ahead of time and store for a later date. (Keep in mind that pasta dishes and soups can sometimes have a change in texture and quality when frozen and thawed.) To freeze this soup, first, let it cool completely. Next, use a ladle to transfer the soup into freezer-safe plastic containers, leaving a little room at the top of each container for expansion. Seal the containers, label them, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, let the soup thaw in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Then, heat it up on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Pot of Simmering Sausage Tortellini Soup with Ladel.
5 from 23 votes

One Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
One Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup is a comforting and flavorful soup loaded with Italian sausage, tomatoes, cheese tortellini, and fresh spinach.


  • 1 pound ground mild Italian sausage
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced (approximately ½ cup)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups (720 g) chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bag (20 ounces) fresh cheese tortellini, refrigerated
  • 1 cup (238 g) heavy cream
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • parmesan cheese, shaved, for garnish


  • In a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, add the Italian sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat as you go, for about 8-10 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink. Drain excess grease if necessary.
  • Add diced onions to the pot. Cook until they are translucent (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  • Add tortellini, heavy cream, and spinach. Stir to combine.
  • Allow the soup to simmer until the tortellini is tender and the spinach is wilted (about 8-10 minutes).
  • Serve garnished with shaved parmesan.


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  1. 5 stars
    My goodness, lil miss thang!! This was just outrageous! The fam devoured it and it was sooooo easy to make, too! One pot and BLAM! Delicious dinner the entire family will love. FANTASTIC! Thanks for the post! Adding to the dinner rotation.

    OH… PS… I used Rotel to spice it up a tad as you suggested in the article. Whoa.

  2. This soup got rave reviews from everyone. Absolutely delicious ! Only thing different I did was use fire roasted garlic flavored dices tomatoes instead of plain (because that’s what I had on hand). 5 star recipe, for sure !

  3. Made this for dinner last night and it was a big hit. There was enough left over to freeze a few single serving containers. Will be adding this one to my meal plan fir the week.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for my husband and I today and as usual, it was delicious! Super easy to make and we happened to have everything we needed except tomato paste.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this recipe on the stove top and left the slurry out. It was amazing. I was so happy it turned out so good. Everybody loved it. Can’t wait to make it again.

  6. I made this and was truly and extremely happy with it! I really only took a half hour to make and tasted like my mom’s lasagna! I used the spicey Italian sausage, so it just gave a little bite and I used the 5 cheese tortellini. 5 STARS

  7. Love this recipe, defiantly a keeper. I would like to make the broth a bit thicker, like a bisque. Maybe some crab meat tortellini next time.

  8. A real compliment getter! Made a delightful dinner with all the colors and flavors! Thanks for a great new addition to my recipe collection!

  9. Never made thiis wth heavy cream. You can leave it out. I add a cut up green pepper some garlic as well. My family loves the soup. great for winter time.

  10. 5 stars
    This is the very best new recipe I have made in a long time. I made 2 minor changes because I used what I had on hand. Substituted two 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes and frozen basil (instead of Italian seasoning) from my garden. Easy, fast and delicious. I will make this in the summer with fresh tomatoes from my neighbor’s garden.

  11. This looks very good and fast. We are trying to watch carbs so I will use half a bag of pasta . Many thanks for your great recipes.

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