Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

I don’t reckon most cowboys in the Old West had ever heard of tortellini, and I’d bet my favorite western it was never eaten out on the range.  But I do know sausage and pasta has been a favorite through the ages, so here’s a soup I’ve made for my family many times over that I’d love to share with you.  Add some crusty bread or  garlic breadsticks for a delicious meal!

1 lb. Italian sausage

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 – 14 1/2 oz. cans beef broth

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup dry red wine

28 oz. can Roma tomatoes

1 cup sliced carrots

1/2 tsp. basil leaves

1/2 tsp. oregano

8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 pkg. tortellini, cheese or meat

1 green bell pepper

1 cup zucchini, sliced

Parmesan cheese

If sausage is in casing, remove.  Brown sausage in 5 qt. Dutch oven.  Remove from pan, reserve 1 Tb. drippings in pan.  Saute onion and garlic in drippings until tender.  Add next 8 ingredients, plus sausage.  Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

Stir in tortellini and green pepper.  Simmer until tortellini is cooked.  Add zucchini last 15 minutes.  Top with Parmesan cheese.

Note:  1 can of sliced carrots may be substituted.  Use the water in the can and omit the 1/2 cup of water listed.  Also, 3 cups of bow-tie or spiral pasta may be substituted.

Pam Crooks
Pam has written 24 romances, most of them historical westerns. She has just released her newest sweet historical romance, TRACE, the launch book for the Bachelors & Babies series starting in June, More of her books are coming! Stay up on the latest at
Updated: September 23, 2010 — 9:50 am


  1. Now, now, Spagetti Westerns! 😉

    This looks yum.

    Happy Birthday, Pam.

    Peace, Julie

  2. Looks delicious. Since we’re finally cooling down, I think this will go on the menu very soon.

    Happy birthday, Pam!

  3. Thanks, Pam. I’ve been looking for a good recipe for Tortelli soup and this will use up some of those end of the garden veggies. I’ll be making this soon.

  4. This sounds so good, Pam! I keep a carton of tortellini in the freezer; it dresses up so many dishes. Love it in place of the dumplings in chicken soup (if it’s easy I’m for it).

  5. sounds hearty!
    thanks for sharing

  6. Pam, I’ll bet this smells so good cooking with the onion and garlic and bell pepper. Yummy! Just the thing for a cold wintry day. I’m glad you posted this recipe.

  7. Hi Pam! I love tortellini. The soup sounds really good! Modern cowboys will love it after a day of work 🙂

  8. My family doesn’t eat sausage, but I’ll bet this would be good with chicken breasts. Will have to try it.

  9. Hello Pam, I live in the city of tortellini: Modena. In my family, in winter, you eat every Sunday and I spend the many afternoon with my grandmother to prepare them. However, this recipe is new to me because we eat them with meat broth or cream. I think that one day I’ll try to do it the your recipe.
    (Excuse my English, I’m not very good at writing^-^)

  10. Ohhhhhhhhh. This is just the sort of thing my family LOVES. I had the pic of it up and my daughter went….yum! But without the mushrooms(because I put mushrooms in everything). Then I read her the recipe and she said…”No mushrooms? And there’s zucchini! You have to make that, Mom!”

    So tortellini goes on the shopping list. I’m thinking some homemade foccacia bread would be good with it…

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