Cathy's Sausage Tortellini Soup

This recipe has made the rounds recently and I've been saving the recipe for some cold weather. And yes, we've had some down here, but while things have warmed up nicely in S. Florida, my kids in Michigan are having the coldest, snowiest winter in years.
I was born and raised there and in those days of yore, winters were always cold and loaded with snow and ice; what's changed is the Weather Channel (they weren't around then so I guess it didn't count) is now naming the storms, in the manner of hurricanes. We used to call them cold snaps and blizzards. LOL.

Anyway....good stuff in this soup...hearty, warming and filling. Cathy said she preferred that particular brand sausage and fortunately, I had half a package in my freezer. I substituted kale for spinach but it's up to you..in fact, with soups like this, you can add and substitute, depending on what you want to use up. Best with homemade stock, of course.

Sausage Tortellini Soup
Adapted from Cathy at Noble Pig

1 (16 oz) Jimmy Dean All Natural Regular Pork Sausage
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, pressed
4 cups (32 oz) chicken stock (not broth, homemade if possible)
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (5 oz) can tomato paste
1 Tablespoon dried oregano leaves
1 Tablespoon dried basil leaves
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried red chili peppers
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
10 oz cheese tortellini
3 oz fresh baby spinach leaves (I used kale)

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Make little balls of sausage by rolling them between your hands and then drop them into a hot pan. Brown all sides and completely cook them through. Remove onto a paper-towel lined plate.
Saute onions in the fat leftover from the pork until soft; about 8 minutes. Add pressed garlic and saute for 30 seconds more.

In a soup pot, mix chicken stock, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, sugar, chili peppers, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Add onion-garlic mixture and simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered. 
Add tortellini and cook according to package directions, usually about 7-9 minutes. Add in cooked sausage and stir in kale or spinach until just wilted.
Serve immediately.


  1. This soup looks so delicious and comforting! Great flavors.



  2. Perfect for our cold snap Barbara. The weather up north has been unbearable cold and I know anyone there would appreciate a steaming bowl of your soup. I noticed that you emphasized chicken stock, not broth. Is there a big difference in the two?

  3. Una sopa reconfortante un deleite de combinaciòn mi querida Barbara,abrazos y saludos.

  4. Still plenty cold for soups and stews here! This sounds delicious, Barbara!

  5. Barbara this soup sounds delicious. Pinning this one to make soon.

  6. I love soups all year but especially in the winter. The beautiful part about soup is that you can subsititute ingredients (like Kale and spinach) and it is still delicious.

    It has been a crazy winter. I cannot fathom the temps in Michigan and other parts of the country. I have been born in raised in Florida (laugh). The ice mess we had here in North Florida was enough for me.


  7. A very tasty and warming soup, Barbara.

  8. We have a big snowstorm headed our way in the next few days and I am really craving a big bowl of this!

  9. I could definitely warm up with this soup, Barbara. It's downright cold outside with more snow on the way, Ug!

    We use to call them cold snaps too. I'm not so sure its good knowing how cold or warm it is all over the world. The forecast is still out, lol...

    Glad you are enjoying nice weather down there. Would you mind sending a gust or two up North, lol...

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara...

  10. Yum! It's cold here of course and I'm visiting my son this weekend. Think I'll just make a pot of this for us to share!

  11. Oh Barbara, this tortellini soup with sausage it sure looks great for the cold weather...very comforting...so tasty.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week :D

  12. The remedy to cold weather is definitely a hearty soup and this is the perfect candidate!

  13. The soup looks hearty one and perfect to beat the chill.

  14. this is primo comfort food, barbara! my brother raised some pigs this fall and we've had some STELLAR sausage lately. :)

  15. looks like a great soup and love the word cold snap

  16. A lovely one pot dinner all in one fab soup! Yum Yum Yummm! Tasty too!

  17. I might make this tomorrow!



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