This creamy Tortellini Soup recipe has cheese tortellini in a creamy vegetable broth with fresh basil, diced tomatoes, and spinach. It’s a healthy comfort food that’s easy, delicious!, and ready in under 30 minutes!

Want more soup recipes? Chicken and Dumplings, Cioppino, and Beef Stew are some of my favorites!

A hot bowl of creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

I’m a big fan of dinners like this tortellini soup that you can make ahead of time, or throw together in 30 minutes, right before you’re ready to eat. That way I can buy what I need, and depending on how my days goes, I can start prepping it in the morning. Or if I don’t get to it early, I know it will be easy to throw together at dinnertime. This recipe was inspired by my Creamy Tomato and Spinach Tortellini pasta that has been so popular.   And if you love tortellini, I’ve got several other tortellini recipes.

What I LOVE about this soup recipe:

  • Refrigerated Tortellini – The refrigerated tortellini is inexpensive and it tastes better than the dry packaged kind. Plus, it cooks faster!
  • Creamy, but not too creamy – This is a healthier tortellini soup recipe but still feels like your enjoying a nice comforting creamy soup. The broth consists of 3 cups of vegetable broth and just ½ cup of cream (or half and half) stirred in at the end.
  • Versatile This easy tortellini soup shines as the main dish but it can also be a fun appetizer or side.

How to Make Tortellini Soup:

Sauté Onion: Melt oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir in the flour and cook for another minute.

A dutch oven pot with diced onion and garlic in butter and oil.

Add Tomatoes and Seasoning: Add the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and dried basil. Season with salt and pepper. Taste broth and adjust seasonings if needed.

A two image collage showing tomatoes and spices being added to sautéed onions, and then a soup simmering.

Cook Tortellini: Bring soup to a gentle boil and then add the tortellini. Cook for a few minutes, until tortellini are tender.

Tortellini being added to a vegetable broth to make an easy tortellini soup.

Add Spinach and Cream: Remove from heat and stir in spinach, parmesan cheese, and cream.

Spinach and cream added to a pot of creamy tortellini soup.

Serve: Enjoy this vegetarian tortellini soup topped with chopped basil and fresh parmesan cheese. Serve warm with Easy Homemade Breadsticks.

A close-up image of a bowl of homemade creamy tortellinin soup, topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese. Ready to enjoy.

Freezing and Storing Instructions:

To Store: Keep spinach tortellini soup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

To Freeze: Make the cheese tortellini soup up to step 3 (before adding the tortellini). Allow it to cool, and store it in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. To reheat, heat the soup until boiling, add the tortellini, and cook for a few minutes until tender. Remove from heat and stir in spinach, parmesan cheese, and cream.

Recipe Variations:

  • Sausage Tortellini Soup: We often like to add cooked ground sausage to this recipe. Cook it with the onion in step 1.
  • More veggies: This is a great recipe to add extra produce from your fridge that needs to be used up. While sautéing the onion you could also add celery, shredded carrot, baby broccoli, chopped kale, chopped zucchini.
  • Crockpot Tortellini Soup: Sauté onion then add to crockpot. Add remaining ingredients except for tortellini, spinach, parmesan cheese, and cream. Cook for 4-5 hours, then add the tortellini the last 30 minutes. Add spinach, parmesan cheese, and cream a few minutes before serving.

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Recipe

A bowl of easy Creamy Tortellini Soup, ready to enjoy.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
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Instructions
 

  • Add oil and butter to a large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic. Stir in the flour and cook for another minute.
  • Add the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and dried basil. Season with salt and pepper. Taste broth and adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Bring mixture to a gentle boil and then add the tortellini. Cook for a few minutes, until tortellini are tender.
  • Remove from heat and stir in spinach, parmesan cheese, and cream.
  • Add chopped basil. Serve warm.

Notes

Sausage Tortellini Soup: We often like to add cooked ground sausage to this recipe. Cook it with the onion in step 1.
More veggies: This is a great recipe to add extra produce from your fridge that needs to be used up. While sautéing the onion you could also add celery, shredded carrot, baby broccoli, chopped kale, chopped zucchini.
Crockpot Tortellini Soup: Sauté onion then add to crockpot. Add remaining ingredients except for tortellini, spinach, parmesan cheese, and cream. Cook for 4-5 hours, then add the tortellini the last 30 minutes. Add spinach, parmesan cheese, and cream a few minutes before serving.
Storage Instructions: Keep tortellini soup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Freezing Instructions: Make the soup up to step 3 (before adding the tortellini). Allow it to cool, and store it in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. To reheat, heat the soup until boiling, add the tortellini, and cook for a few minutes until tender. Remove from heat and stir in spinach, parmesan cheese, and cream.
I originally shared this recipe in 2014, inspired by Closet Cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 16gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 1490mgPotassium: 545mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 2518IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 286mgIron: 4mg

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I first shared this recipe December 2014. Updated August 2019 and January 2023.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was so good! Easy, flavorful amd healthy. Used cheese and spinach tortellini and seasoned diced tomatoes. My son joined me for dinner and he loved it!
    I will be trying your other recipes for sure.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    My kids are in sports so I made this on a time crunch on a weeknight, I was surprised how quickly it came together. It was so delicious and my family loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night. I did not have any tortellini, but I had ravioli in the freezer. I was concerned because they were so large, compared to tortellini, so I thawed them first and added them in the last step. I also added a little red pepper flakes. It turned out great, though it is hard to keep ravioli on a spoon! This recipe was simple and hearty.

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I made this for lunch exactly as written, including the pinch of crushed red pepper. It came out so good – my husband ate 2 enormous servings and skipped dinner. From start (dicing onion) to finish (parmesan cheese) I had it on the table in less than an hour. And all prepared in one pot with ingredients I had on hand. 5 Stars

  5. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe!! I added grated carrots and diced celery as suggested in the variations. I did not have the canned tomatoes so I diced a few from my garden as a substitute…Served it with warm, crusty baguette. Husband said he can’t wait ’til I make it again. 5 stars!!

  6. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I love a quick recipe with things I usually have on hand. I used frozen tortellini and fresh kale from the garden and it was SO good. Next time I’ll put a little less cream. Thank you!!

  7. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I halved the spinach and added maybe half a cup or so of frozen peas but otherwise made it exactly as written. Served with garlic bread — big hit!

  8. This soup is soo soo good! Lauren Allen’s recipes have turned me into a soup lover!!
    Thank you, Lauren!!

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