February 2nd, 2010

Creamy Tomato, Sausage and Tortellini Soup

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The other day, I was reading my friend Christy’s recipe blog, where she mentioned that she hadn’t really cared for most of the tortellini soup recipes she had tried.  I felt the same way. And then I discovered this Creamy Tomato, Sausage and Tortellini Soup! 

Creamy Tomato, Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Most tortellini soups are broth based, and the tortellini tends to get too mushy by the time the soup is served.

I was just about to try Christy’s recipe for creamy tortellini soup (and I still plan to) when I came across this recipe for Creamy Tomato Basil and Italian Sausage Soup

That’s when I had the brilliant (in my opinion) idea to combine the two recipes into one easy and delicious soup. 

I didn’t add any vegetables like Christy did, but you could easily do that, especially if you are trying to sneak some veggies past unsuspecting children. 

I had this soup on the table in about 20 minutes, and I didn’t even have to worry about leftovers.  There weren’t any!

Creamy Tomato, Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Preparation 5 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 pound tortellini (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar pasta sauce
  • 3 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups half and half or cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Remove sausage from casings and crumble into pan. Cook and stir, breaking up sausage as you go.
  2. When sausage is browned, stir in pasta sauce, broth and half and half or cream.
  3. Bring to a boil and add tortellini. Continue boiling gently until tortellini is done, 8-10 minutes. Stir in basil, salt and pepper.
2 reviews

Who Dished It Up First: Inspired by Christy at Yummy Deliciousness and Jenny at Picky Palate.



  1. that looks really good and we are going the have to try the recipe fusion with our next package of tortellini. i’m sure dustin will love it! thanks. i hope you like ours.

  2. Wow, this looks so delicious! I love the photo!

  3. Prepared this to the letter for dinner last night. Was extremely tasty but ended up more like pasta in a cream sauce than a creamy soup with pasta. Will definitely make again, with more liquid. Used a garlic and onion store-brand pasta sauce.

  4. We had this last night for dinner and I am eating leftover now. We topped each bowl of it with a bit of mozzerella cheese. It was great.

  5. Here I am, exactly 1 year later. This was a fabulous dinner. I made a large batch with 2 qt chicken stock and a large bag of beef tortellini, leaving the other ingredients as listed, and adding a wee bit of fresh spinach for color (and to use it up). We love this recipe and will make it again. Thanks!

  6. We just made this last night, but we lightened it a little bit by using chicken chorizo and low fat milk instead of Italian sausage and half-and-half. Also browned some onion and garlic in the pan before throwing everything else in.. It was lovely! Thank you for posting it. 🙂

  7. Being retired now, I want to treat the wife when she comes home from work just as she used to treat me after a long day in the factory. When I saw this recipe, I thought I knew how it would taste. It was better. The only thing is that it is more like a tomato stew rather than a soup. I added a can of chopped tomatoes and a can of sliced carrots (believe it or not, when the wife asked me what I needed from the store, I told her a bag of sliced carrots. She purchased a can of sliced carrots which actually worked out better than I expected). This recipe worked great. The wife had her doubts when she first saw it, now she wants the recipe for future dinners. The next time, we both plan on adding onions, chopped broccoli, and maybe a tad of cauliflower. If you want a soup. I suggest adding a 1/2 cup of water or half and half more. Either way, this dish is a keeper.

  8. Anna Knotts says:

    Thank you for making 8 serving recipes. We are trying this tonight. It looks great.

  9. I enjoyed using your recipe. It was truly amazing. I did add an additional cup of water and cream. Great recipe!!


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