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Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

A hearty soup to fill you up on a cold day!

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

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Recipe by Jennifer Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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A hearty soup to fill you up on a cold day!


  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 3 celery stalks, diced

  • 1 package / 8 oz mushrooms, sliced

  • 4 large carrots, sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/3 cup dry red wine i.e. Burgundy

  • 2 cans – 14.5 oz each stewed tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 can – 8 oz tomato sauce

  • 8 cups beef broth

  • 1-2 zucchini, chopped

  • 1 tbsp beef bouillon powder

  • 2 tsp dried basil

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/4 cup fresh minced parsley

  • 1 package / 20 oz fresh or frozen cheese tortellini (I get mine in a two pack from Sam’s Club)

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 bag / 5 oz baby spinach

  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


  • In a large stock pot, brown the sausage over medium high heat with the Worcestershire sauce, until cooked through, breaking it up into pieces as it cooks.
  • Drain off most of the grease, leaving about 1 tbsp. in the pot.
  • Add in onions, celery, mushrooms, carrots, and garlic.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, until vegetables just begin to soften.
  • Add in red wine, and let cook until it is reduced by half.
  • Add in the zucchini, chopped stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, beef bouillon powder, basil, sugar, oregano, bay leaf, fresh minced parsley.
  • Bring soup to a boil, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the tortellini, bring soup back up to boil, cook till tortellini is tender. (follow time on package)
  • When tortellini is tender, add in the bag of baby spinach, cook just till it wilts.
  • Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.


  • If you have leftovers, the tortellini will soak up some of the broth, so you may need to add more broth/water when you reheat the soup. I always just add a little bit of water.

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