Creamy Tortellini Soup

Creamy Tortellini Soup is a rich and comforting dish that’s perfect for a cozy night in. This soup combines tender tortellini with a luscious creamy broth, packed with savory vegetables and aromatic herbs. It’s a versatile recipe that can be easily customized to suit your taste, making it a go-to meal for any occasion.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 package (9 oz) refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley or basil for garnish (optional)


1. Sauté Vegetables:
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, and cook until it becomes translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

2. Add Vegetables and Broth:
Stir in the sliced carrots, celery, and chopped bell pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and the can of diced tomatoes (with their juices).

3. Season the Soup:
Add the dried basil, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let it cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

4. Cook the Tortellini:
Add the tortellini to the pot and cook according to the package instructions, usually about 7-9 minutes for refrigerated tortellini, or 10-12 minutes for frozen tortellini, until they are tender and cooked through.

5. Finish the Soup:
Stir in the fresh spinach and let it wilt for about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, then add the heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine, allowing the cheese to melt into the soup.

6. Serve:
Ladle the creamy tortellini soup into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or basil if desired. Serve with crusty bread or a side salad for a complete meal.

Tips for Success

  • Fresh vs. Frozen Tortellini: Both fresh and frozen tortellini work well in this soup. Adjust the cooking time according to the type you use.
  • Creaminess: For an extra creamy soup, you can add an additional half cup of heavy cream or substitute half-and-half for a lighter option.
  • Broth: Use high-quality chicken or vegetable broth for the best flavor. Homemade broth can make a big difference.
  • Veggies: Feel free to add or substitute other vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, or peas.


  • Protein Additions: Add cooked chicken, sausage, or bacon for extra protein and flavor.
  • Vegetarian Version: Use vegetable broth and omit any meat. You can also add chickpeas or white beans for added protein.
  • Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a diced jalapeño for a spicy twist.


Creamy Tortellini Soup is a deliciously indulgent dish that brings warmth and comfort to your table. With its creamy broth, tender tortellini, and vibrant vegetables, this soup is sure to become a family favorite. It’s easy to prepare, versatile, and perfect for any occasion, from a weeknight dinner to a special gathering. Enjoy the rich flavors and comforting textures of this delightful soup, and savor every creamy bite!

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