Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetables

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Warm up your tummy with this comforting Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetables. It comes together quickly and easily serves a crowd.

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This whole produce box thing is really giving me a workout. And I don’t mean just lugging it from car to kitchen. I have met some vegetables and fruits in real life that I never knew existed!

Well, I take that back. I knew they existed. But, not in my kitchen. Sorrel? Yu choy? Turnips? I can only hope that all these freaky foods I’m feeding my family are really, really good for us. One can always hope.

Honestly, though, I’ve had more trouble getting a particular 7-year old to choke down a cooked carrot, something I’ve been serving him for 6 years, at least. One night he ate turnip greens and yu choy without batting an eye, but tried to escape the table before finishing his corn and rice. Imagine that! I just can’t win.

Soup night continues to be a bit of a battle. But, I’m marching on. Recently, I snuck in a turnip, cherry tomatoes, and green beans into this soup chock full of cheese tortellini and mild Italian sausage. There was none left, but one bowlful to send to work with hubs the next day.

I guess I can win. I just can’t predict when or where I will find my victories.

I used cherry tomatoes because we had a lot of them and only a few of us enjoy them for fresh eating. Roasting them softened the tomatoes and brought out their delicious flavors. You can use larger tomatoes for roasting and pureeing or simply sub a can of tomato sauce. I’ve done both with great results. The broth of this soup is amazing either way.

If turnips are considered a freaky vegetable at your house, feel free to substitute a large potato.

This is a tasty and hearty soup, perfect for the upcoming cold winter nights.

Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetables | Good Cheap Eats

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

How I make this recipe easy:

Having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

  • plastic cutting boards – I have blue boards for veggies and white boards for meat.
  • Ergo Chef chef’s knife – I’ve had my set for several years and they work well.
  • chili pot – I bought this pot in May and find that it’s perfect for making soup, chili, or quinoa.
  • wooden spoon – I don’t think one can ever have too many wooden spoons!
  • soup ladle – I used to have a large stainless steel one; I regret discarding it now.

Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetables | Good Cheap Eats

Originally posted October 31, 2011. Updated May 14, 2017.

Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetables | Good Cheap Eats

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  1. amy says

    I want to know what that bread is in the picture with the soup??? It looks yummy!

  2. Therese says

    When my boys were young, I let them add a topping to their soup. Crushed crackers, cheese, popcorn, goldfish occasionally. Even salt and pepper! It goes down happier when they made it their own! I love soup suppers and will be trying this one. Thanks

  3. susanne says

    I used to make a similar soup but had forgotten about it! I picked up some tortellini to make it tonight! thanks!
    (I have sweet italian turkey sausage in the freezer so that is what we will use :).

  4. June Combs says

    Ohhh Jessica ~ I had the same thing happen to me for about 4 weeks in a row of my happy box, I dreaded the box coming, but I started roasting all the veggies and freezing them, everything’s better roasted, but I had so much greenery some of it wilted and I thru away, that was hard!

    I discovered there is nothing I can do to a beet and like it, and I’m sure I got a million of them in the happy box this summer!!!

    • I love to juice beets and to steam them for salads. I’m sorry you don’t like them. 🙂


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