Are you searching for a quick and delicious weeknight dinner option? Look no further! This Sausage Cheese Tortellini Soup is the perfect solution for busy evenings when you crave a hearty and satisfying meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Packed with bold flavors and simple ingredients, this tortellini soup will become a family favorite in no time.
WHY THIS TORTELLINI SOUP IS GREAT FOR AN EASY WEEKNIGHT DINNER
This Sausage Cheese Tortellini Soup is the ultimate weeknight dinner solution. It’s fast, effortless, and bursting with flavor, making it an ideal choice for those hectic evenings when you need a comforting and satisfying meal without the fuss. Plus, its versatility and potential for leftovers make it a practical addition to your weeknight dinner rotation.
- Speedy Preparation: One of the primary reasons this recipe is perfect for weeknights is its quick and easy preparation. This comforting soup recipe can be ready in under 30 minutes. Thus, allowing you to have a wholesome, homemade dinner without the stress of a lengthy cooking process.
- Minimal Effort, Maximum Flavor: This recipe relies on a handful of simple yet flavorful ingredients like hot Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes, and store-bought tortellini.
- One-Pot Wonder: Convenience is key on weeknights, and this Sausage Tortellini Soup is a one-pot wonder. You won’t need to juggle multiple pots and pans or deal with a mountain of dishes afterward.
- Versatile and Family-Friendly: Another advantage of this recipe is its versatility. It’s a family-friendly dish that both kids and adults can enjoy.
- Leftovers for Tomorrow: Weeknight dinners often mean leftovers for the next day’s lunch or dinner, saving you even more time and effort. This soup reheats beautifully, and you can store any extras in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- Customizable and Adaptable: While this recipe is delicious as is, it’s also highly adaptable to your preferences. Feel free to customize it by adding extra vegetables, different types of sausage, or varying the level of spiciness to suit your taste.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SOUP
- Hot Sausage – Link sausage tends to have more flavor than bulk. Just be sure to remove the casing. For a milder flavor, substitute with mild or sweet Italian sausage, ground beef, ground turkey, or a plant-based meat alternative to make this a vegetarian tortellini soup (of course, replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock).
- Cheese Tortellini – Store bought refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini will work in this one-pot soup recipe. However, feel free to use your favorite variety, or if time allows, make homemade tortellini. Mini ravioli or gnocchi are also great substitutes. If you have dietary restrictions, consider using gluten-free tortellini.
- Cherry Tomatoes – Fresh is best, but canned, crushed or diced tomatoes are great substitutes.
- Heavy Cream – Leave out for a healthier, lighter version of this cheese tortellini soup. If leaving out, add a touch more broth to compensate for the liquid.
- Spinach – Chopped kale is a great substitute.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE TORTELLINI SOUP
- In a large pot, cook the hot Italian sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it into crumbles until it’s browned and almost cooked through. Remove any excess fat.
- Add the minced onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to the pot. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the halved cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes until the tomatoes start to break down.
- Season with Italian seasoning.
- Pour in the chicken broth. Add in the bay leaves and Parmesan rind. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn up the heat to a heavy simmer.
- Add the store-bought tortellini and cook for an additional 2 -3 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaves and Parmesan rind.
- Pour in the heavy whipping cream and stir in the fresh spinach leaves and let them wilt into the soup.
- Serve the Sausage Cheese Tortellini Soup hot, garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
HOW TO SERVE AND SAUSAGE CHEESE TORTELLINI SOUP
This Sausage Tortellini Soup pairs wonderfully with a side of crusty bread or a simple green salad. It’s a complete meal on its own, but you can also serve it as a starter for a more elaborate dinner spread.
If you have leftovers (though it’s so tasty, that might not be the case), allow the Sausage Cheese Tortellini Soup to cool to room temperature. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When reheating, you may need to add a splash of chicken broth to maintain the desired consistency.
Alternatively, freeze up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen soup, you have a few options:
- Thaw in the refrigerator: Transfer the frozen soup to the refrigerator and allow it to thaw slowly overnight.
- Thaw in a pot: Place the frozen soup in a pot and heat it over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally until fully thawed.
- Reheat: Once thawed, reheat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave until it’s piping hot and reaches the desired temperature.
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