Creamy Tortellini Soup - homemade Italian ground sausage in a delicious light creamy tomato broth with cheese filled tortellini and spinach.
We are a family that love soups and the more filling the better. Even when I make just a simple vegetable soup, we still love to have different add ins or toppings to turn it into a more filling meal. This tortellini soup is such a great family meal, filling, flavoursome and delicious.
Ingredients for Creamy Tortellini Soup
for this tortellini soup you will need to grab the following ingredients:
- ground chicken or turkey (mince)
- herbs/seasonings: paprika (not smoked), dried italian herbs, red chilli flakes, fennel seeds, salt and black pepper
- fresh parsley
- red wine vinegar
- plum tomatoes
- tomato paste
- chicken stock
- garlic and herb light cream cheese (or can use plain light)
- cheese tortellini
- olive oil spray
See the recipe card for full quantities.
Once all the ingredients are prepared, you can get ready to make this delicious soup.
How many Calories in Creamy Tortellini Soup?
This soup serves 6 people and is 294 calories per serving, which is a filling bowl that doesn't compromise on flavour, doesn't feel like diet food and is suitable for the whole family.
There are lots more recipes around this calorie value in my 200-300 calorie recipes
If you are using these recipes as part of a calorie controlled diet or healthy eating plan, you can calculate your daily calories by using a calorie calculator, as this will vary per individual depending on various factors.
What is Tortellini?
Tortellini a type of filled pasta in the shape of little ring/navel. They are typically filled with cheese (usually 4 types), meat or vegetables or a mix of ingredients so are great for dropping into soups or a homemade sauce.
You can buy both fresh or dried varieties, but fresh tend to be much better in flavour and taste.
For this recipe I use four cheese tortellini as we are also adding some homemade Italian Sausage.
What is Italian Sausage
Italian sausage typically comes in a couple of various types. First is the traditional sausage shape in casings or secondly is a ground type sausage which is more like mince.
Store bought can be high in fat and not very low calorie, so I always like to make my own with some extra lean ground pork.
You can get both mild sweet or hot version. If you don't like heat, you can just skip the added chilli.
Italian sausage has lots of great flavour and the most distinct is that anise from the fennel.
Can I use just plain pasta?
If you want to make this soup but don't want to use tortellini, you can just opt for some regular pasta of your choosing. Fresh tortellini doesn't take very long to cook, so if you are opting for a plain pasta, I recommend cooking it first and then stirring into the soup.
Can I use a different protein?
Don't want to make the Italian Sausage? You can add in some cooked diced chicken instead. You however won't get the same depth of flavour as you get from the delicious seasonings and spices in the sausage.
Types of Light Cream Cheese
The light cream cheese in this recipe is Philadelphia or a supermarkets own brand. I use a herb and garlic one for additional flavour, but if you can't get a light version of this, then just light plain cream cheese is fine.
Do not mistake light cream cheese for quark. They are not the same thing. Quark is more sour tasting and will split if you add it to the soup.
Sides for Creamy Tortellini Soup
As this is quite a hearty and filling soup with the sausage, we enjoy this just as it is. But if you want to pair with some additional items here are some good choices (some of course are going add quite a bit more calories to your meal):
- A bowl of mixed side salad
- Crusty bread (whole wheat is a better choice fibre)
- garlic bread (just spray half a roll with olive oil spray, and rub in some fresh crushed garlic, pinch of salt and fresh parsley and bake or air fry until lightly golden. You can add a little cheese for a cheesy version.
More Hearty Soup Recipes
Looking for some more filling soups? Check out these:
- Chicken, Tomato and White Bean Soup (Stove Top and Instant Pot)
- Turkey Taco Soup (Stove Top and Pressure Cooker)
- Coconut Chicken Rice Soup
- Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Chicken Chickpea Spinach Soup
- Split Pea and Bacon Soup
- Thai Coconut Shrimp Noodle Soup (Instant Pot and Stove Top)
- Lemony Chicken Zucchini Rice Soup
- Minestrone Soup
- Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup with Chicken Meatballs
- Thai Red Lentil Chicken Soup
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For the Italian Ground Sausage:
- 455g (1lb) of 5% fat ground chicken or turkey (mince)
- ½ tablespoon of paprika (not smoked)
- ½ tablespoon of dried italian herbs
- pinch of red chilli flakes
- ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds (crushed in a pestle and mortar)
- 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- ¾ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- ½ tablespoon of red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
For the soup:
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 400g (14oz) of plum tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
- (960ml) 4 cups of chicken stock
- 100g (3.5oz) of garlic and herb light cream cheese
- 1 pack of fresh four cheese tortellini - 255g (9oz)
- 2-3 handfuls of spinach, stems removed
- salt and pepper to season
- olive oil spray
- Add all the ingredients for the Italian Ground Sausage to a bowl and mix to combine.
- Heat a deep pan/pot over a medium high heat, spray with a little spray oi.
- Add the sausage meat to the pan with the onion and fry until lightly browned, keep it in some clumps some it's more like little pieces of sausage.
- Add in the carrot and fry for a further couple of minutes.
- Add in the plum tomatoes and break up with the back of the wooden spoon, add the tomato paste
- Pour in the stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approx 15 minutes.
- Then stir in the light cream cheese until all melted.
- Add in the tortellini cook for a few minutes just until the tortellini is cooked (if you use dried tortellini this may take a little longer and you may need to add in a little more stock)
- Stir in the spinach just until wilted.
- Taste and season with salt and black pepper.
Please see below for full nutritional info and additional details about recipe:
- WW Points - 7 per serving (when using extra lean ground turkey/chicken)
- Calories - scroll down to nutritional info box
- IS SUITABLE FOR FREEZING? ❄️ - The tortellini can end up overcooked when frozen and reheated, so you may wish to freeze without adding the tortellini to those servings, or if you are okay with it overcooked, add in some more stock when reheating.
Additions: sprinkle with a little grated parmesan when serving
Variations - swap the ground chicken/turkey for ground pork or cooked diced chicken
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 292Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 115mgSodium 971mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 3gSugar 9gProtein 24g
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