Italian Sausage Soup With Tortellini

Soup season is well underway in our house and I am always on the hunt for new soup recipes that I think our family will love. This Italian Sausage Soup with tortellini combines two of our favorite soup flavors together in one pot and is a homemade soup worth making again and again. This soup is a combination of my favorite flavors from my California Italian Wedding Soup and my Pesto Chicken Tortellini Soup, all in one pot!

My children are doing sports activities once a week now and their activities just so happen to be right around the dinner hour. My strategy for keeping our family out of the drive through has been dedicating my Sunday afternoons to making a double batch of soup that can save me on those nights when dinner planning seems impossible. Between my soup leftovers and my slow cooker recipes, these dinner saving strategies have really paid off in the last few weeks.

This Italian Sausage Soup has a hearty broth filled with tomato sauce, red wine, beef broth, and sweet Italian turkey sausage. The freshness in this soup comes from the zucchini, diced tomatoes, parsley, basil,  and then the cheese filled pasta.

I like to add half of the cooked tortellini into the soup and save half of the tortellini in a separate container for later in the refrigerator. By adding more beef broth and then the other half of the tortellini later in the week, I can stretch my soup for another couple of servings and have fresh-tasting pasta time when I reheat it.

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as our family does and that you can make a fun soup night a part of your weekly routine too!


Italian Sausage Soup  With Tortellini


1 pound sweet Turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups beef broth
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
1 can petite diced tomatoes (with juice)
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini
8 ounces fresh cheese tortellini pasta
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


In a large pot, brown your turkey sausage. Remove sausage and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings.Saute garlic for one minute in the drippings (be careful not to burn this).   Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage.   Bring to a boil.   Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.  Skim fat from the soup.   Stir in zucchini and parsley. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. In a separate pot, boil the water and prepare the tortellini as directed. Reserve half the tortellini in a container to add to the soup when you reheat it. Gently pour the other half of the tortellini into the soup pot. Serve the soup in individual bowls with freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serving Size: 8

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Published October 10, 2011 by:

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