Creamy Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale Soup

Creamy tortellini soup with Italian sausage and kale by Unstoppable Foodie. Soup recipe.

Creamy Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale provides maximum flavor with minimum time investment. Soup is always one of our favorite comfort foods. For this reason, a bowl of this soup with some crusty bread satisfies anytime of year.

This recipe is inspired from a version by Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer of The Modern Proper. Our recipe seems to vary by what is in season. We interchange kale with spinach as well as different types of tortellini depending on the time of year. Quality ingredients we use include Cento’s San Marzano tomatoes, the sweet Vidalia onion, Wegmans Italian Classics Cheese Tortellini, and of course our favorite go to salt and pepper – Trader Joe’s Sea Salt (Africa) and Rainbow Peppercorn (Vietnam).

Our kids love to make it with Valarie and it is one of the go to dishes we share in our cooking workshops and foodie groups.

Such a great dish to add to your Holiday table, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. We hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do.



1 lb. of ground Italian sausage

1 bunch of kale (or spinach)

1 16oz. can of Cento San Marzano crushed tomatoes

1 medium sweet Vidalia onion

1 quart of chicken stock

68 cloves of garlic

1 Tbsp. of tomato paste

1 package of Wegmans Italian Classics Cheese Tortellini

1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp. Trader Joe’s Sea Salt (Africa)

1/2 tsp. crushed black peppercorns (Vietnam)

1 cup of heavy cream

1/2 cup of Wegmans grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup of Wegmans Organic Italian Classics extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)


  1. Prepare all ingredients in on 4-quart Dutch oven or equivalent.
  2. Heat dutch oven to medium-high heat.
  3. Remove ground sausage from the casings.
  4. Brown sausage in olive oil over medium heat until cooked halfway.
  5. Add onions and garlic to the sausage mixture until translucent. Typically, 5 minutes. Drain off excessive fat.
  6. Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. Whisk until fully blended.
  7. Bring to a boil, season with salt and pepper. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
  8. Add the tortellini, kale and heavy cream. Simmer for another 4-5 minutes until pasta is tender and kale is wilted.
  9. Transfer to a bowl and finish with shave parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes.
  10. Enjoy with a piece of your favorite crusty bread.



Chef’s Note: Fresh spinach makes a great substitute for the kale. Use whatever is on hand.

Keywords: Soup, Creamy Tortellini, Kale, Italian sausage