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Charlotte's Tortellini Soup Recipe

Charlotte's Tortellini Soup

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"This is a hearty and spicy soup that goes with a crusty Italian bread and a side salad."

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Original recipe makes 6 + servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    1 hr 35 mins


  1. Brown sausage in pot; drain off fat. Add onions and saute until tender. Add carrots, celery, beef broth, red wine, tomatoes, ketchup, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim away the fat from the soup.
  2. Stir in the zucchini, tortellini, red bell pepper, and parsley. (If you use fresh tortellini, cook them according to package directions.) Simmer, covered, for about 25-30 minutes or till the tortellini are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese right before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 01, 2011

This was very good. I would definitely cut back on the ketchup in the future as it was a little too "sweet" tasting for me. Oh and I will add more liquid as the pasta absorbed a lot. Thanks for a great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 04, 2010

Made it just like the recipe says...guess I'm really not a fan of ketchup-based soup; too sweet & not a lot of depth of flavor. The totellini and cheese on top were the best parts.


76 Ratings

Jul 22, 2006

This was the first and by far the finest recipe I have made off of this site. Whenever I've served it to my family or dinner guests it is always extremely well received. In fact, my Grandfather literally cries if he finds out I made it and didn't invite him over. The base is so good and versatile, I've tried it with all kinds of different vegetables, stuff I had leftover in the fridge, etc... and it's still marvelous. The only changes I make consistently now - I like the sweet Italian turkey sausage in it, it's not so greasy, I usually do a mix of half beef broth and half vegetable broth and I always cook my tortellini before adding it at the end. And, for the people who can't seem to add the ketchup- try really hard to overcome your fear, you're missing out on one of the keys that adds a certain "richness" to this recipe and (in my opinion) makes it so exceptional. Thank you Charlotte!!!

Feb 10, 2009

Great recipe, great soup. Hubs and I both loved it. Super simple to make with most ingredients right at hand. I didn't measure precisely, just kind of threw everything together, but I did use more garlic and less ketchup. I used dried spinach tortellini, cooking it separately and adding it at the last. I wasn't sure I would like the red pepper, something I'm not familiar with in soup, but I did find it a different taste twist I really enjoyed. As for hubs, he enjoyed this soup so much he asked me to send him to work with it for his lunch--for the next two days!

Apr 07, 2003

This is one of our favourites. I did change a couple of things. I cook whole Italian sausages in the microwave; then slice them and brown them in a pan a bit. I do not add the zuchinni either. I also never add the pasta to the soup pot; it just absorbs all the broth. I add to the individual soup bowls. FRESHLY grated parmesan is amust. Thanks for a great meal.

Jan 03, 2011

I'm a beginner cook. The times I do cook, I have to have a recipe, and I normally follow it exactly. Edits: 1 lb sweet and spicy italian sausage (there was no fat to spoon off) Spinach and cheese tortellini 3 cups beef broth 3 cups vegetable broth Cabernet sauvignon red wine my boyfriend who is a food critic said that the sweet and spicy overpowered the soup. Sweet Italian sausage would have been much better (could not find at store). Make sure the vegetables get well cooked. Apparently mine did not cook long enough!

Jan 26, 2004

This soup is a winner. I made it for a church Soup Supper and everyone raved about it. The ketchup is the "secret ingredient" that gives it some real punch and flavor. Rich and delicious, with lots of fresh veggies. My husband, the soup conniseur, loves it!

Feb 03, 2011

This soup turned out amazing! I used mild Italian sausage with casings removed. Based on some other comments I modified slightly. I used 8 cups of beef broth and only 1/2 cup of ketchup. I also used a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes instead of the whole tomatoes. I did not add the wine. I cooked my tortellini separately and added some to each bowl before serving. Definitely will be making again. My family enjoyed it very much.


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  • Calories
  • 450 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.6 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 3.6 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 18.2 g
  • 36%
  • Sodium
  • 1664 mg
  • 67%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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