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 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 25 mins
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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
    I made this tonight and it was fantastic! Skipped the onion because one of my kids doesn’t like them, but used onion powder instead. I also used 20 oz of tortellini because you can never have too much tortellini. Garlic bread for dipping and dinner was done.

  2. 5 stars
    Used turkey Italian sausage and frozen spinach. Forgot to add the cream! Still a delish bowl of soup especially on a cold winter night.

  3. 5 stars
    Are you kidding me?!?! This is AMAZING! Soooo delicious! I think I just found my favorite new recipe 😋

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I didn’t have 1/2 & 1/2 nor cream so I used evaporated milk and added sour cream at the end. No curdling and soooooo tasty. I will add this to my favourites!

  5. So quick and easy. I had everything in my pantry, freezer (ravioli) or fridge already. I added a tablespoon of brown sugar to give it a touch of sweetness. Love the fresh spinach in it.

  6. 5 stars
    I was thrilled with how quick and delicious this soup was. There wasn’t a drop of left overs. We will definitely be making this soup again.

  7. 4 stars
    This was delicious but mine thickened quickly and was not as liquidy. Just wanted to confirm
    Enjoy your web site
    Thx Cindy

  8. 5 stars
    Loved it!!! Recipe is super easy and tastes restaurant quality. My husband loved it and I will make it again soon. Next time I will add grilled chicken.

  9. 4 stars
    Really easy to make, restaurant quality! Looks great and tastes wonderful. I used fire-roasted chopped tomatoes and puréed a bit in the food processor.

  10. 5 stars
    Made this soup for all my kids before Thanksgiving Day and so delicious. Served with Garlic Bread and a salad, very easy and so so yummy !
    Would highly recommend this on a rainy or snowy day!

  11. This looks so yummy! I’m going to a Girls Night this week and I want to make this for the first time. If I were to add a meat (it’s going to be the main course and I would like to add a protein) what do you suggest? I’d love your input as I don’t want to mess up this delicious-looking dish!

      1. 5 stars
        Follow-up! I ended up doing two batches, so I did one with shredded grilled chicken breast added and also a batch with Italian sausage added! Both were really good, but the batch with the sausage disappeared very fast! It added a little kick of spice to an already delicious recipe! Thanks again Lauren!

  12. So I got an electric pressure cooker and I LOVE it. I bet this recipe could be adapted for it. Looks delicious!

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    Janet

  13. This looks so good! My boys have become picky eaters lately but the one thing they will eat is soup. Pinning for later 🙂

  14. This recipe is great. It’s fast and tasty. When I want a more healthy soup I add turnips, zucchini whatever I think works…Great Soup!
    There really would be no need for a Pressure cooker for such a fast and easy recipe..JMO
    Thank you for sharing this recipe