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Kale Sausage Tortellini Soup

This warm and hearty kale sausage tortellini soup recipe is a must-try during the winter season if you’re looking for a flavorful, delicious meal to enjoy. 

The winter can sometimes be so cold that you feel chilled to the bone, and a soup like this is the perfect way to warm up. Even if you live in a warmer climate, you’ll want to try this tortellini soup with sausage and kale just for the flavor! 

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Why you’ll love this recipe

This Italian sausage and tortellini soup is a crowd favorite for its delicious flavor. Make this ahead and freeze it down for later, or make it tonight to share with your friends or family. This soup is ready in under half an hour, making it a perfect choice to make on a busy weeknight or if you’re running out of time before having guests over for dinner!

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Ingredients for this recipe

Italian sausage: for delicious, lean protein.
Onion: for a well-rounded flavor.
Garlic cloves: for additional flavor.
Carrot: adds extra nutrients.
Kale: compliments the sausage and tortellini. 
Broth: use your choice of chicken or vegetable broth.
Heavy cream: to create a creamy texture.
Oregano: for extra seasoning.
Basil: adds extra flavor seasoning.
Red pepper flakes: optional for additional spice.
Salt and black pepper: to taste.
Hot sauce: for a kick of flavor.
Tortellini: for the pasta component. 

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Equipment needed for this recipe

You will want to use either a large pot or a Dutch oven to cook the soup. A wooden spatula is helpful for breaking up the meat as it browns on the stove. Use a sturdy cutting board and sharp knife to cut up the vegetables in this soup recipe. Use a soup ladle to serve the soup once it’s ready. You’ll also want to use an airtight container to store the complete soup if you have leftovers. 

How to make kale sausage tortellini soup

Step 1: In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the sausage over medium heat. Break it apart with a wooden spatula until browned and cooked through.

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Step 2: Add onions, carrots, and garlic to the pot and sauté until the onions are translucent. This will take about 5 minutes.

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Step 5: Slowly pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring it to a light boil. 

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Step 3: Add flour to the sausage and vegetables. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. 
Step 4: Season with oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, salt, and pepper.

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Step 6: Add the tortellini to the pot and cook according to the package instructions until they are al dente.
Step 7: Stir in the chopped kale. Cook the kale until it’s slightly wilted. This takes about 3 minutes.

Step 8: Ladle the soup into bowls. You can serve it with crusty bread on the side if you’d like. 

Expert Tips

What to serve with creamy sausage tortellini soup

If you’d like more meat with this soup recipe, you can serve this Herb and Honey Grilled Chicken Tenders recipe with it. You could also serve these Bacon Cheeseburger Lollipops as an appetizer when you’re having this soup. 

Looking for a salad to serve as a side? Then this Ruby Tuesday Baked Potato Salad Recipe is a great option. For dessert, why not try out this Cookies and Cream Fudge recipe?

Common Questions

How do you thicken tortellini soup?

If you need to thicken your soup, using a bit of cornstarch is a great way to do that! Add it to the soup slowly so you don’t accidentally thicken it too much!

kale sausage tortellini soup in a bowl with rolls

Storage suggestions

You can keep this kale sausage tortellini soup in an airtight container to keep it fresh until you’re ready to eat it. Keep it in the fridge if you’re planning to enjoy it in the next 3 days, otherwise freeze it down for up to 3 months!

Reheating Tips

To reheat this soup, add it to a pot and warm it up on the stove, or you can put your portion in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it up in the microwave for a few minutes. 

Yield: 6

Kale Sausage Tortellini Soup

kale sausage tortellini soup in a bowl with rolls above

This warm and hearty kale sausage tortellini soup recipe is a must-try during the winter season if you’re looking for a flavorful, delicious meal to enjoy. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 cups Kale, cut into quarter size pieces
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, for added heat)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 2 cups fresh tortellini

Instructions

    Step 1: In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the sausage over medium heat. Break it apart with a wooden spatula until browned and cooked through.

    Step 2: Add onions, carrots, and garlic to the pot and sauté until the onions are translucent. This will take about 5 minutes.

    Step 3: Add flour to the sausage and vegetables. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.


    Step 4: Season with oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, salt, and pepper.


    Step 5: Slowly pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring it to a light boil.


    Step 6: Add the tortellini to the pot and cook according to the package instructions until they are al dente.


    Step 7: Stir in the chopped kale. Cook the kale until it’s slightly wilted. This takes about 3 minutes.


    Step 8: Ladle the soup into bowls. You can serve it with crusty bread on the side if you’d like.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 784Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 1022mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 49g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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