Tomato Tortellini Soup

updated Jul 24, 2023
Tomato Tortellini Soup
This creamy, tangy tomato soup is studded with tender tortellini and comes together in just 20 minutes.


Prep10 minutes to 15 minutes

Cook15 minutes to 20 minutes

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Credit: Joe Lingeman

When it comes to comfort food, tortellini is a classic. What’s not to love about bite-sized nuggets of pasta filled with cheese? Skip the usual sauce and cook the frozen or fresh tortellini in a rich and creamy tomato soup that comes together in 20 minutes — perfect for busy weeknights!

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Weeknight Comfort Food in 20 Minutes

Some soups are meant to simmer on the stovetop for hours, while others (like this one) come together in just 20 minutes. A package of frozen tortellini is one of my favorite staples to stash in the freezer because it’s cheap, lasts for months, and can be used in a ton of different ways. But if you prefer to swap in fresh tortellini, that will easily work as well — you’ll just need to reduce the cook time by a few minutes.

For a Faster Dinner, Embrace the “Meanwhile”

My go-to tactic for making dinner prep as efficient and speedy as possible is to embrace the “meanwhile.” This means that instead of prepping all the ingredients at the onset (as we’re often told to do), you should work as you go. Here that means prepping just the onion and garlic to get the soup started. As the onion and garlic cook, get the tomatoes, broth, and cream ready. Prep the basil as the soup simmers.

Tomato Tortellini Soup

This creamy, tangy tomato soup is studded with tender tortellini and comes together in just 20 minutes.

Prep time 10 minutes to 15 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes to 20 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 2 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 1

    medium yellow onion, diced

  • 2 cloves

    garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon

    balsamic vinegar

  • 4 cups

    (32 ounces) low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

  • 1 (28-ounce) can

    crushed tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup

    heavy cream

  • 2

    bay leaves

  • 1 (14-ounce) package

    fresh or frozen cheese tortellini

  • 1/2 cup

    fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish

  • Grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)


  1. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 6 minutes.

  2. Stir in the vinegar. Add the crushed tomatoes, broth, cream, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the tortellini and simmer until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes more (check at 3 minutes for fresh tortellini). Remove from the heat, remove and discard the bay leaves, and stir in the basil. Ladle into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese and more basil, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave.