Skinny Cheese Tortellini and Sausage Soup

This is the perfect time to make a big pot of homemade soup and this is a FANTASTIC main course soup! It comes together very quickly so you can enjoy it any night of the week. Very hearty and healthy, each huge 2-cup serving has 245 calories and 6 grams of fat.
SkinnyRustic Cheese Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 12 cups total, 6 main course servings. Each serving, 2 cups.
Shopping Tips
I love Trader Joe’s chicken and herb sausages. They are fully cooked. So lean, they’re all natural and gluten-free. Each has only 7 grams of fat. If you don’t have a Trader joe’s, use any lean chicken or turkey sausage. Make sure they are fully cooked.
I used Trader Joe’s Cheese Tortellini. It’s fresh pasta and found in the refrigerated section. Most supermarkets carry a few brands, such as Buitoni.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 6-Blue
WW SmartPoints 6-Green
SKINNY FACTS: for 2 cup serving
245 cal, 6g fat, 2g sat, 61mg chol, 21g prot, 24g carbs, 3g fiber, 989mg sod, 3g sugar


SkinnyRustic Cheese Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Skinny Cheese Tortellini and Sausage Soup

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 245 kcal


  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 (12 oz) package fully cooked Trader Joe’s chicken and herb sausages, cut into small pieces (or your favorite), see shopping tips
  • 1 (48 oz) container Swanson’s reduced-sodium chicken broth or 1 (32 oz) container and 1 (14.5 oz) can
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (9-10 oz) package refrigerated cheese tortellini, see shopping tips
  • 1 (6 oz) bag fresh baby spinach
  • ¾ teaspoon dried basil
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ⅛-¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional topping


  • In a small microwave safe bowl, add onions. Cook in microwave for 2 minutes, to soften.
  • Coat a large, nonstick pan or pot with cooking spray. Add sausage pieces, cooked onions and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in all broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in tortellini and return to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes until pasta is almost tender. Stir often. Reduce heat, mix in spinach, basil, black pepper and pepper flakes. Cook for 2 minutes until spinach is wilted and tortellini is tender.
  • Ladle into bowls. Top with a little Parmesan cheese, if desired. ThIs soup freezes great, too. Since the pasta absorbs some of the liquid, when reheating, you might need to add a little more chicken broth.


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 21gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 989mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gBlue Smart Points: 6Green Smart Points: 6Plus Points: 6
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!


  1. This is one of my all time favorites! I make it all the time, its so easy and everyone loves it. I take it to homebound friends and they all rave about it. My favorite is with the chicken feta/spinach sausage from Aldi’s, I also get the fresh tortellini and a big package of spinach from Aldi’s. This freezes well and is a staple in my home. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful recipe.

  2. You are so nice. Thanks, Beth! I’m thrilled you love this soup. It’s a favorite at my house too!
    Wishing you all the best,

  3. My family loves this soup! I use Buitoni
    Cheese tortellini and chicken/spinach/greuyere sausage from Baker’s. It’s so good even my toddler loves it!

  4. Awe…I’m so happy your family loved this, even your toddler! Thanks, Rebecca!
    It’s still one of my very favorites.
    All the best,

  5. Sonnie, Although I haven’t tried it, I think you can easily make this soup in the crockpot. I’d probably try cooking it for 3 hours on high heat or 6 hours on low heat. Either, cook the tortellini separately and add it to the cooked soup or cook it with the soup but add it in the last 25 minutes.
    Best of luck!

  6. Hi Nancy will the pasta not go mushy after freezing it? I don’t usually add the pasta to cook in the soup, it absorbs too much liquid I cook it separately then add before we eat it.
    I have tried many of your recipes, they are truly delicious.

  7. I’m so glad you are enjoying many of my recipes. Thanks so much, Deborah! I’ve been happy with the leftovers that were frozen but the pasta does get a bit soft. It’s still quite good. That said, it’s always best to eat it after being made or within a few days. And yes, you can cook the pasta on the side and add it before serving. With many of my recipes, I usually do this trick.
    With my very best wishes,

  8. This looks great, and I plan to make it!

    I have a suggestion: Would you consider putting your website address on the recipe so it prints out?

    This would be for 2 reasons: To serve as a reference to me as to where I got the recipe.
    If I ever share the recipe, it would give you the credit.

    Thank you.

  9. I love both of your suggestions, Louise. Thank you! I’ll look into adding both of these features.
    All the best,

  10. Soup very good! Very light, not heavy. Used suggestions to use chicken-feta-spinach sausage from Aldi, really added flavor! Easy to make! Delicious! Will make again & again! Thank you!

  11. Thanks so much for the terrific review, Cindy! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
    All the best,

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