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Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Soup with Italian Sausage, cheese tortellini and vegetables sprinkled with Parmesan cheese

This Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup is my most favorite soup during the winter months. Packed with vegetables, spicy Italian sausage and tortellini in a rich red wine and tomato broth, it is absolute comfort food!

This Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup is packed with vegetables simmered in wine and broth. It makes your house smell amazing! When I’m sick, cold, tired, grumpy or just plain hungry, there’s nothing I find more gratifying than a hot bowl of soup and sliced bread. Soup is an experience. From the calm, steady chopping of vegetables to the smells that waft through the house as the flavors simmer together on the stove top, soup engages all the senses. I love how the steam rushes up from the bowl as the soup is ladled into it, and, my favorite, how those hunks of crusty, chewy bread soak up the last few drops of savory broth. Yup, soup and bread is about as satisfying as it gets.

 This Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup is one of my favorite meals to cook for company. It's hearty and satisfying and will make your house smell amazing!
Of all the soups I love to cook, smell, eat, and eat again, this is probably my favorite (although don’t tell Kale, Sausage, and Sweet Potato Soup I said that). It’s been a staple in our house since the early days of our marriage, and I still haven’t found a recipe that tops it. I love it so much that last week I ate it for dinner, lunch the next day, lunch the day after that, and…wait for it…lunch the day after that too. It’s just that good.

This soup is hearty and filling without being heavy. It’s loaded with vegetables, spicy Italian sausage, and cheesy tortellini all in an herby tomato, beef, and wine broth. Just. Awesome.

There's nothing better than a bowl of hot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup on a cold winter night! This recipe will knock your socks off!
This soup does require some time to simmer, so you might want to chop your vegetables in advance if you’re making this on a weeknight. Or consider saving it for the weekend, when you have more time to enjoy the whole process. Much of the time is hands off, so you can do other things while the smell of garlic and wine and vegetables simmering away fills your home.
I often make this soup for company. The recipe makes a large batch, and I find there’s something inherently welcoming, comforting, and familiar about soup and bread. It beckons you to the table, promising warm bellies and good conversation. Serve up big ladlefuls of this soup, and top it with shaved Parmesan and a sprinkling of parsley. A nice crusty loaf of bread for dipping and sopping is the only side you need.
This comforting, hearty Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup is the perfect soup for a cold winter night.
I’m so excited to be joining with my friends Melanie and Emily for our third edition of Soup Week! If you’re looking for more ways to warm up, slurp, and spoon your way through the winter months, check out these other soup recipes!
If you’d like to see some of our favorites from previous Soup Weeks, be sure to visit my Crock Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Prep Time 15 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 1 hr Cook Time
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins Total Time
Serves 6

Fragrant and satisfying, this soup is full of rich and hearty flavors thanks to spicy Italian sausage, tortellini, and vegetables.


  • 1 lb. ground hot Italian sausage (or use mild if you prefer)
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup red wine (or you can substitute additional broth)
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 14 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 8 ounces frozen cheese tortellini
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, cook sausage over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain all but 1 Tablespoon of fat. Add onion and garlic to the pan and saute 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  2. Add broth, water, wine, chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrots, basil, and oregano to pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat then reduce heat and simmer uncovered 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in zucchini and parsley and simmer for 10 minutes. Add tortellini and simmer an additional 5-8 minutes, or until tortellini is cooked through. Serve hot with Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of parsley.


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  • Anonymous November 1, 2012, 6:51 PM

    Courtney!! I just made this last night and it was amazing!! I’m following your blog now, and hoping to make more of these great recipes 🙂 Miss you guys!!

    Abbey W.

  • Isabel Karon May 15, 2017, 11:21 AM

    You don’t sat what size tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes. How many oz of each??

    • Courtney May 20, 2017, 10:22 PM

      Sorry about that! I use the standard 14.5 ounce cans.

  • Melanie | Melanie Makes January 30, 2018, 10:11 AM

    Total comfort food! I can only imagine how delicious your house smells while it simmers! Pinned!

  • Emily January 30, 2018, 11:35 AM

    You are the master of soups! I would totally entertain with this soup, too, but love how simple it looks to make. My kids would go nuts for the tortellini 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Courtney!

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