Italian Sausage, Kale and Tortellini Soup


Sausage Kale and Tortellini Soup is such a hearty and flavorful soup! It’s packed with cheesy tortellini, nutritious kale, and tasty bits of herbed Italian sausage. A great dinner to cozy up to after a long cold day!

Italian Sausage, Kale and Tortellini Soup

Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Kale

That time of year has come too quickly – the time where I’ve had this cold for two weeks and the only thing I want to eat is soup. Speaking of I need some breakfast soups in my life. Are those a thing? They should be.

So about this soup, it is similar to some of the other tortellini soups I’ve made, like this Spinach Tomato and Garlic Tortellini Soup and this Tuscan Tortellini Soup, but of course this one has plenty of meat. And my husband is not complaining!


This soup is a breeze to make and it’s a soup you’ll want to make again and again. I mean it has tortellini, how could it go wrong? I could live on tortellini, I absolutely love the stuff and it makes for some of the best soups!

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If you happen to have some fresh Italian herbs on hand like basil, thyme, marjoram, oregano or rosemary you can use some of those in place of some of the italian blend to add more fresh flavor. But since it’s fall I decided to just go with the dried herbs because that’s likely what most of you have on hand right now.

And using the Italian herb blend worked perfectly for this soup rather than listing out 5 or 6 different herbs to add to the soup.

This hearty soup is just the comfort food I needed today and I can’t wait to make it again! I hope you enjoy it too!

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Italian Sausage, Kale and Tortellini Soup

4.5 from 10 votes

This Sausage Kale and Tortellini soup is such a hearty and flavorful soup! It's packed with cheesy tortellini, nutritious kale, and tasty bits of herbed Italian sausage. A great dinner to cozy up to after a long cold day!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Soup, Tortellini Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 502 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 16 oz mild or hot italian sausage (pork or turkey), removed from casings
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped carrots (3 medium)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 9 oz refrigerated three cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups packed chopped kale (thick ribs removed)
  • Finely shredded parmesan cheese , for serving (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into pot and brown, stirring and breaking up sausage occasionally, until cooked through. 
  2. Drain sausage onto a plate lined with several layers of paper towels while reserving 1 Tbsp rendered fat in pot (if there's not a tbsp just add 1 more tbsp olive oil to pot). 
  3. Add onions and carrots and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. 
  4. Stir in beef broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Bring to a light boil, return sausage to pot, cover pot and reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer until carrots are nearly tender, about 15 minutes. 
  6. Stir in tortellini and kale then cover and cook 7 - 9 minutes longer. Serve warm with parmesan cheese if desired (note that as the soup rests the tortellini will absorb more broth so you can add more broth or water to thin as desired).
Nutrition Facts
Italian Sausage, Kale and Tortellini Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 1521mg 63%
Potassium 1242mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 9g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 146.3%
Vitamin C 58.8%
Calcium 18.9%
Iron 24.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Clifford M Yeary: This is my favorite soup of all time. Warm, comforting but also zesty. I see someone says the don’t like kale so substituted spinach–what happens to kale in this soup turned me into a fan. It softens nicely yet retains just enough chew to bring a texture that would be absolutely missing in spinach or chard (but I do love what chard does to flavor a soup as well. December 12, 2018 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Miss E: I made it without the tortellini and carrots and it STILL rocked! Yum! December 1, 2018 at 6:23pm Reply

  • Erin: I made this soup last night and it was delicious and comforting! Perfect for a chilly Alaska evening. Thank you so much for sharing! October 24, 2018 at 10:03am Reply

  • Mary-Margaret: OMG
    Made as directed only I used spinach instead of kale. Don’t like kale
    Gave some to my kids still have some left for lunches this week. October 21, 2018 at 4:59pm Reply

  • Rachel: Is the tomato sauce in the recipe tomato ketchup? October 11, 2018 at 3:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Not ketchup. If you’re in Europe I think a close option would be the tomato passata. October 11, 2018 at 10:32pm Reply

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