Tortellini Soup with Kale

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This creamy tortellini soup is a great vegetarian winter warmer. It’s so easy to make and takes just 20 minutes before this creamy tomato soup with cheesy tortellini is on the table!

This soup is one of the best easy dinners I’ve made in ages.

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I think this is exactly what you should be eating all through January. The broth is rich and creamy with plenty of flavour from a few dried herbs and thickened with a little flour before adding the pasta and kale.

I like to use fresh cheese tortellini which keeps the whole thing vegetarian although you could easily switch for your favourite meat one or whatever your favourite is. Frozen would also work but you might just need to cook for a little longer to make sure it’s heated all the way through.

I like to stir through some kale before serving and waiting until it’s bright green before ladling out bowlfuls and topping with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese for the most delicious wintery bowl.

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Why we love this tortellini soup…

This is such a great soup for a weeknight dinner because it’s really quick and easy. The whole thing takes just 20 minutes to make but tastes like it’s been cooking for hours.

You can easily customise this soup to your own tastes by adding any of your favourite leafy greens like spinach or switching the cheese tortellini for another flavour like spinach and ricotta or a meaty one.

Most of the ingredients you need are store cupboard ingredients so you can make this soup even when you haven’t been shopping in a while.

If you’d like to lighten this soup up you could always skip the cream and have a more brothy soup which would still taste delicious.

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Creamy Tortellini and Tomato Soup Ingredients

Olive Oil, Onion and Garlic: The onion and garlic is fried gently before adding any other ingredients to get a great base of flavour.

Dried Herbs: I like to use oregano and thyme in this soup for that classic Italian flavour.

Liquids: The broth of the soup is made up of vegetable stock and passata.

Tortellini: I usually use just a cheese filled tortellini but you could go for whatever you fancy.

Kale: This works really well in this soup because it adds a lovely bit of crunch but you could switch it for spinach if you prefer.

Double Cream: I like to add just a little bit before serving to give it that indulgent creaminess.

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How to make cheese tortellini in tomato broth

Fry the aromatics: Heat the olive oil then add the onion and garlic followed by the dried herbs. Season well. 

Make the broth: Cook the flour until browned then pour in the liquids and simmer.

Add the rest of the ingredients: Add the tortellini followed by the kale then stir through the cream before serving.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…


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Does tortellini soup freeze well?

You can freeze this recipe but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. The reason for that is that when you defrost and reheat the soup the pasta will become mushy thanks to the double cooking. This will also lead the pasta to soak up more liquid so you would probably need to add more to the soup. A good option would be to complete the recipe up to the end of step 2 then cool and freeze the soup base. When you’re ready to eat, defrost the soup base, put it in a saucepan and continue with step 3 of the recipe.

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Tortellini Soup with Kale

This creamy tortellini soup is a great vegetarian winter warmer. It's so easy to make and takes just 20 minutes before this creamy tomato soup with cheesy tortellini is on the table!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 443kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 1 400g tin Passata
  • 300 g Cheese Tortellini
  • 100 g Kale chopped
  • 100 ml Double Cream


  • Heat the oil over a medium heat and add the onion, garlic, oregano and thyme. Cook until the onions are soft then add plenty of salt and pepper.
  • Add the flour and stir until browned then stir in the vegetable stock and passata. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tortellini and cook until tender, usually about 3-5 minutes. Stir the kale in 2 minutes before serving then finish with the cream and extra seasoning if needed.
Nutrition Facts
Tortellini Soup with Kale
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 1374mg57%
Potassium 630mg18%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 3908IU78%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Calcium 201mg20%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    12/01/2020 at 5:31 PM

    5 stars
    What a gorgeous looking soup, it looks absolutely delicious and I love the idea of adding kale in there!

  • Reply
    Emily Liao
    12/01/2020 at 5:39 PM

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite types of soup to whip up for the week! The flavors are amazing and perfectly hearty.

  • Reply
    Peter Petrzala
    12/01/2020 at 5:52 PM

    5 stars
    Your intro paragraph says exactly what I was thinking. This looks SO perfect for the winter. It really looks like it would warm the soul. But I think what is most impressive is that this only takes 20 minutes? This looks like one of those fabulous restaurant soups that you’d think takes all day.

    I love also that you included crusty bread in your photos because I can only imagine how great dipping that bread into that beautifully complex soup would taste!

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    12/01/2020 at 6:54 PM

    5 stars
    Tortellini and tomato with a splash of kale sounds so delicious.

  • Reply
    12/01/2020 at 7:01 PM

    5 stars
    This soup is so comforting and flavorful.

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