Tortellini Soup (vegetarian, with spinach and tomato)

This easy tortellini soup recipe with spinach and tomatoes is a delicious family dinner that is simple to make, and my family loves it! And it happens to be vegetarian.

tortellini soup in two white bowls on marble counter

I will add that we are omnivores in my family, and we all loved it. It is very satisfying.

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If you are feeling a little too hot for soup but still want something similar, you might want to check out my tortellini pasta salad recipe (also vegetarian).

Okay, back to the tortellini soup! I start with the best quality ingredients I can find.

tortellini package, tomatoes, tomato sauce and bay leaves on a marble counter

It really helps the tortellini soup to taste best when you use high quality ingredients. I really love the Kirkland brand tomato sauce from Costco (not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned). It is so well-seasoned. It helps to have well-seasoned broth too.

And I love that cheese tortellini from Sprouts. If you’ve not bought tortellini pasta before, here’s a heads up: it is found in the refrigerated section, not with the dry pasta.

garlic heads with diced onion and chopped carrots on wood cutting board with knife

I love how easy this soup is to throw together and that it can be ready in thirty minutes. The bulk of the work is chopping the veggies. And many stores offer pre-cut veggies and jarred garlic. You can use those to save even more time and effort.

Or if you love and prefer fresh garlic like me, you can use a garlic press. I got this OXO one on Amazon (affiliate), and it works great.

How to make tortellini soup

Start by sautéing the onion and carrots in a large pot (I am using an enameled cast iron Dutch oven) with a couple bay leaves. You can use cooking spray or a little drizzle of your favorite oil. Olive oil would be fine here since we won’t be using high heat. Cook until the onions start to loo translucent, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Wait and add garlic at just a minute before adding the liquids. This keeps it from burning. Add the stock, undrained tomatoes,  tomato sauce and herbs. Bring that to a boil, and reduce the heat. Simmer partially covered until the veggies get tender, about 12 minutes.

And finally add the tortellini and spinach. Cook this per the package instructions on the pasta, usually 2 to 3 minutes.tortellini soup with spinach and tomato in a red pot with spoon

Tip: you will want to serve this immediately since that pasta will soak up the liquids as it sits. If you are preparing this for company, I would do all the steps up to adding the liquids. Then I would wait for company to arrive. Then when you get ready to eat, bring the soup to a boil and add the pasta and spinach.

We love to sprinkle ours with some fresh grated cheese. Parmesan, Romano and pecorino all work great!

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How to make this with meat

This soup is perfect as it is. If you insist on adding meat, though, you can totally do that. I would suggest using some Italian sausage. I like the Italian turkey or chicken sausage from Sprouts. But pork sausage works too.

Just remove the casings, and cook the meat until brown and crumbly. Then add the onions, carrots and bay leaves. And just pick up with the recipe instructions from there.

Can I add wine to this soup?

Yes! I would suggest a white wine, about 1/3 to 1/2 cup. And I would add it right after the garlic has cooked. It will deglaze the pan and add tons of wonderful flavor.

Can I freeze this soup?

You could, with one caveat: I would make everything according to the recipe, and stop after adding the liquids. I would freeze this mixture.

When it comes time to prepare it, let it thaw. Then bring it to a boil, and add the tortellini and spinach.

So why do it this way? Freezing it with the pasta in it can make the pasta mushy and disintegrate.

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Tortellini Soup (vegetarian, with spinach and tomatoes)

This tortellini soup recipe with spinach and tomatoes is a delicious family dinner that is simple to make, and my family loves it! And it happens to be vegetarian.

Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • cooking spray or oil of your choice
  • 1
    onion
    diced
  • 1.5
    cups
    diced carrots
  • 5
    cloves
    garlic minced
  • 2
    cups
    baby spinach
    fresh
  • 4
    cups
    vegetable stock
    (omnivores, feel free to sub chicken stock)
  • 1
    can diced tomatoes
    (14 ½ ounces, undrained)
  • 1
    can tomato sauce
    (15 ounces)
  • 2
    leaves
    bay
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    dried basil
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    oregano
  • 1
    package
    cheese tortellini
    (9 ounces, found in refrigerated section at the store)
  • grated parmesan cheese
    optional

Instructions

  1. Spray a large pot, and preheat over medium heat. I used an enameled cast iron dutch oven.

  2. Add onions, carrots and bay leaves and continue cooking until veggies are soft, about 5-6 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic, and cook a minute more, being careful not to burn the garlic.

  4. Add vegetable stock, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil and oregano, and bring to a boil. 

  5. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Carefully remove bay leaves. Tongs are helpful for this, but you can also just use a spoon.

  7. Add tortellini and spinach and return to a boil, simmering until pasta is cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes (according to package cook time).

  8. Top each serving with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

This recipe makes 4 generous servings, around 2.5 cups each.

You will want to serve this immediately since that pasta will soak up the liquids as it sits.

If you are preparing this for company, I would do all the steps up to adding the liquids. Then I would wait for company to arrive. Then when you get ready to eat, bring the soup to a boil and add the pasta and spinach.

Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you need to thin it out, you can add a little splash of stock or even water.

Nutrition Facts

Tortellini Soup (vegetarian, with spinach and tomatoes)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 269
Calories from Fat 45

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5g
8%

Saturated Fat 1g
5%

Cholesterol 24mg
8%

Sodium 1412mg
59%

Potassium 485mg
14%

Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%

Dietary Fiber 5g
20%

Sugars 9g

Protein 11g
22%

Vitamin A
201.5%

Vitamin C
24.3%

Calcium
17.3%

Iron
20.4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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