Tortellini Soup

Tortellini is a dish that Cass and I love to use as a “back-up meal”; we buy frozen bags and then pair it with some pasta sauce and garlic bread, and it makes a really nice, quick meal. Tortellini, for those of you who don’t know, is essentially a pasta noodle stuffed with cheese (yum!). The weird thing about tortellini is that they are shaped to look like a pregnant woman’s navel. Seriously. In Italy, tortellini is commonly called ombelico,  which literally means “belly button”.

Anyways, don’t think about the origin too much, and just realize that a plate of delicious cheese-filled pasta can go with pretty much anything. Instead of just doing the typical pasta sauce routine, I decided to switch it up and make a soup out of it. There are a ton of different variations (just type it into Pinterest), but the great thing about soup is that you can usually just throw in whatever you have handy. Here’s what I used!

  • 1 bag frozen tri-colored tortellini
  • 1 jar Prego basil and garlic sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bag baby carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBL olive oil
  • Garlic salt, pasta seasoning, basil, to taste
tortellini onion
“Onion Purple” should be a crayon color. So pretty!
tortellinifood collage
It’s a food collage! All of these bright colors look so good in the soup.

Once you’ve got all of the ingredients (and whatever else you want to add!), here’s what you need to do:

  • Saute the carrots, peppers, onion, and garlic in some olive oil until everything is soft. (If you want a stronger garlic flavor, add those in the next step instead.)
  • Pour in the pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the tortellini. Cook according to directions on the package, or until tortellini is soft.
  • Season to taste, and serve immediately!

This recipe is so simple; I just made it up as I went. If you want your soup more “soup-y”, add a little more water; if you want to add hamburger, chicken, mushrooms, corn, peas, whatever, it’s all good. Experiment and find out what your perfect tortellini soup tastes like… but I think this recipe is a pretty good place to start!

tortellini soup spoon
Colorful food is the best food!


I served this soup with a slice of French bread, and it was so hearty and filling! I love the different flavors and colors from the veggies mixed in with the red from the pasta sauce. This recipe made a TON of soup for just the two of us, so unless you are making it for 4+ people (or just really, really like soup) you’d probably be okay just halving the recipe. Either way, enjoy!


One thought on “Tortellini Soup

  1. I love tortellini soup! I think I came across it when looking for a minestrone soup recipe. It’s such a comforting meal that’s quick to make! 🙂

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