Cheese Tortellini Soup with Turkey Italian Sausage and Kale
I love making soups with pasta and turkey Italian sausage… they pair so nicely together. I have a recipe for a soup that I have made often that always tastes really good. This time I wanted a different variation of that soup. Something simple and hearty that would feel good on my sore throat. I used homemade chicken broth in the refrigerator that I just made after roasting a chicken. I formed some little meatballs with the turkey Italian sausage and cooked them until golden brown then added a big dose of minced garlic before adding the fresh chicken broth. I added the cheese tortellini and chopped kale when the broth started to boil then turned the soup down to medium and cooked for a few minutes until the tortellini was cooked through. I didn’t need to season it at all due to the flavorful broth and turkey Italian sausage. I served this soup with the homemade Whole Wheat French Bread that I made. It was a healthy and hearty dinner that we all loved. I’ve had the leftover soup for lunch for the last two days and it just gets better and better.
How to Make Cheese Tortellini Soup with Turkey Italian Sausage and Kale
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove the turkey Italian sausage from its casings and form it into tiny meatballs. Place the meatballs into the HOT Dutch oven and cook for 5 or so minutes, or until golden brown on all sides. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth then bring to a slight boil. Add the cheese tortellini and chopped kale and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the pasta has cooked through. Taste the soup and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, if needed, to taste.
Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Enjoy.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 5 links of turkey Italian sausage removed from casings, and formed into tiny meatballs
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 8 cups of homemade chicken broth or store-bought works too
- 1 package of cheese tortellini
- 2 cups of fresh kale chopped
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove the turkey Italian sausage from its casings and form it into tiny meatballs.
- Place the meatballs into the HOT Dutch oven and cook for 5 or so minutes, or until golden brown on all sides. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
- Add the chicken broth then bring to a slight boil. Add the cheese tortellini and chopped kale and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the pasta has cooked through. Taste the soup and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, if needed, to taste.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Enjoy.
What a lovely soup. It’s a complete meal on its own and I can serve this as entree or as a side dish. I can imagine myself curling up on the couch with a bowl of this yummy goodness on my hands. 😛 Happy Friday and thanks for sharing.
One of our go to comfort foods! But I make it with spinach. Must try it with kale!!!
Love this! I bet the homemade chicken broth really enhanced the flavor here!
I don’t think I have ever seen turkey sausage here. Maybe I could make my own 🙂 Have a good weekend Diane
Healthy and tasty is a hard to beat combo.
Adding premade tortellini to homemade soup is a great idea. Looks like a hearty and delicious soup, Pam. One of these years we should head to Tennessee for Larry and Bev’s party. Wouldn’t it be fun to meet them?
This is a hearty and healthy soup! I love using kale in soups for added nutrition.
I love tortellini soup!! Especially with the kale mix-in….oooo now I’m craving it big time!
Oh yeah, this is the stuff. You can’t miss with this ingredient list. Especially love the idea of adding kale. Nice!
Pam, This soup looks so hearty and soothing!
Have a good weekend
delicious! tortellini is so good in soup!
Beautiful comfort food !
I never used a sausage in a tortelini soup before, but I like the idea ! I think it will give it a beautiful taste.
this soup has a killer broth AND mouthfuls of chunky ingredients–very nice, pam!
We all love cheese tortellini but I don’t think I have ever put it in soup. That is a great idea. Those aren’t Ikea meatballs are they? Neigh! 😉
Always of fan of new uses for Kale:)
I love using tortellini in soups and salads, they are just the perfect size for an awesome bite of flavor.
This soup sounds wonderful. I would love the turkey Italian sausage with the cheese tortellini too. It sounds like a wonderful combination.
Made this yesterday for lunches for the week. What a wonderful recipe! I used spinach instead of kale because I had some on hand and added some chopped fresh tomatoes. Turned out great.
I’ve made this recipe many times, often with swiss chard instead of kale, and with pork sausage instead of turkey, and I always enjoy it! I am thinking about serving it to company, and was wondering if you have any suggestions as to what I could pair it with? Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!
I like to serve my Buttery Dinner Rolls: https://www.fortheloveofcooking.net/2012/11/buttery-dinner-rolls.html
and my Spinach and Avocado Salad: https://www.fortheloveofcooking.net/2010/10/spinach-and-avocado-salad.html
With Fran’s Vinaigrette: https://www.fortheloveofcooking.net/2008/06/frans-simple-vinaigrette.html
I hope this helps.