Tortellini always feels a bit fancy, despite being fairly cheap and easy to prepare. A package of the frozen stuff can be stored for months in the freezer and will still taste great. The little stuffed pastas can be used a ton of different ways too, especially if you’re looking to create hearty meals, that can please a crowd, without centering a dish around a meat protein.

This soup will make you feel like you made something special for yourself, yet it takes just 20 minutes from prep to table. It’s a delicious cross between warm, soothing soup, and comforting pasta that you can effortlessly whip up any night of the week. If you’ve taken the time to create your own pasta, feel free to use fresh tortellini. Just reduce tortellini cook time to about 3 minutes.

Rustic Tomato Tortellini Soup with kale

Serves 6

One-pot Rustic Tomato Tortellini Soup with kale
One-pot Rustic Tomato Tortellini Soup with kale


  • 1 package (20 oz) cheese tortellini (spinach and cheese of possible)
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes (juice included)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp high quality balsamic vinegar
  • 5 cups vegetable broth (chicken broth is fine for non-vegetarians)
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 cups kale leaves, washed with stems removed, roughly chopped
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pot, melt butter on medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook until onions are tender, or about 5 minutes. Stir often as to not let the onions brown.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, broth and sour cream. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add tortellini to pot and cook about 5 to 6 minutes or according to package. Half way through, add kale leaves and let wilt.
  4. Ladle into bowls and grate fresh Parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Serve immediately.

Also see, tortellini pesto skewers are an easy, quick appetizer. 

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.