Tortellini Spinach Soup with Parmesan is a quick and comforting winter weeknight dinner that only takes 20 minutes on the stove. This easy cozy soup is full of incredible flavor and uses just 7 simple ingredients: tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, spinach, and tortellini. It's fantastic served with a side salad or crusty garlic bread for dipping. Easily adapt it for the slow cooker, too!
Spinach tortellini soup requires just seven ingredients.
- fresh chopped spinach
- cheese tortellini
- chicken broth
- stewed tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- minced garlic
- Italian seasoning
If you prefer to use frozen spinach and save yourself some chopping time, that is totally fine. Just make sure to squeeze out extra water first.
You can also replace the stewed tomatoes with diced tomatoes, if stewed tomatoes are too chunky for your liking.
As for the cheese tortellini, feel free to substitute with spinach tortellini. Whatever suits your fancy!
Any of these options will still make for a fantastic spinach tortellini soup.
No matter the ingredient options you choose, they are all items most people already have on hand or that are easy to find year round. They also are pretty inexpensive, which makes this budget-friendly soup even better for families.
There are many versions of tortellini soup. While I like my tortellini soup meat-free, you can add Italian sausage or chicken.
You can also add onions to the broth base, or use basil instead of Italian seasoning for more of a "tomato basil" flavor.
Because this spinach tortellini soup only takes 20 minutes from start to finish, it's perfect for a busy weeknight.
To make it, you'll need a large pot. I love my red Martha Stewart 10 quart pot. It's perfect for making big batches of soup. I use it every time!
First, saute the garlic in oil for a minute and then add broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and all seasonings. Cover the pot and simmer the soup for 10 minutes.
Then add the spinach and tortellini and simmer for about 4 more minutes, or until the tortellini begin to float.
Last, remove from the heat, add the Parmesan, and serve nice and warm with toasted garlic bread.
I love serving soup in crocks. This way it can easily be moved from the counter to the table without burning your hand on a hot bowl.
🍲 Slow Cooker Instructions
Spinach tortellini soup can be made in the slow cooker too.
To do this, add all the ingredients except for the tortellini into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours, and add the tortellini at the last 20 minutes.
🧒🏼 Kid-Friendly Tips
Spinach tortellini soup is kid and family-friendly overall, but not everyone (especially veggie-hating kids!) like spinach.
So while my kids' taste buds are still getting used to the endless varieties of food, I chop the spinach into really small pieces. Then I hope that either they won't notice it at all or it's small enough that it won't feel weird.
For those kids who can't be fooled, swap the spinach for something else like kale, green beans, peas or zucchini, or leave the "green" out entirely.
The tomatoes are healthy enough so you won't really be compromising on nutrition. You can also add a legume you know your children will eat, like beans or chickpeas.
I also make sure to either crush my stewed tomatoes into smaller pieces or to use diced tomatoes.
Tortellini Spinach Soup with Parmesan
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 7 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tbsp)
- 16 cups chicken broth (or 16 cups water + 14 cubes bouillon)
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 can stewed or diced tomatoes (28 oz)
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 27 oz frozen tortellini
- 8 oz fresh spinach, chopped
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat the oil and add the garlic, cooking for 1 minute.
- Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer on high heat for 10 minutes.
- Add tortellini and spinach and simmer 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add Parmesan, stirring to evenly distribute cheese. Serve with extra Parmesan, crusty garlic bread, cheese toast, or a side salad.
This soup is meant to be eaten as soon as it's ready. Because the tortellini continue to soften as they sit in the broth, they could fall apart after a while.
This recipe makes a gigantic batch for big families. However, you can certainly cut the recipe in half and keep the ingredients proportionate to each other.
And that's all there is to making this soup! I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know how it turned out in the comments below.