One Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

By Alexandra Caspero on February 21, 2022
An easy weeknight one pot dinner idea, kid-friendly and delicious
Serves 4

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup with Basil. A must save recipe, easily made vegan. 

You know I’m on a mission to create more easy weeknight dinners. While I may love to cook, I still struggle with the time, energy and creativity it takes to come up with kid-friendly recipes every single night. 

This creamy tomato tortellini soup was born out of the idea that both my kids love tortellini and red sauce so why not combine the two? It’s one part creamy tomato soup and one part pasta. A simple, yummy meal that my entire family enjoyed– a rarity with two toddlers. 

If you love the combo of traditional tomato soup and grilled cheese, you’ll love this one-pot version!

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Ingredients for Tomato Tortellini Soup

To make this creamy tomato soup (without any heavy cream!) you’ll need a handful of pantry ingredients and your favorite package of tortellini. My favorite dairy-free tortellini pasta is from Kite Hill, but any tortellini will work in this recipe. 

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil. Since we aren’t using any additional cream, you’ll want the extra fat to add body to the soup. I don’t recommend skipping it or trying to reduce it. 
  • 1/2 large white or yellow onion, diced
  • cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, a mixture of dried basil, oregano and parsley will work. 
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole or crushed tomatoes 
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt (depending on the saltiness of your broth)
  • 1 package cheese tortellini of choice
  • 1/3 cup cream. Cashew cream, non-dairy cream or heavy cream all work in this recipe! Also totally fine to leave it out; just won’t be as creamy.
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves 

creamy tomato soup with tortellini

Instructions for how to make this Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup Recipe 

Start by heating the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until slightly softened, taking care not to burn. Next, add in the garlic, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning and cook for another minute until just fragrant. 

Stir in the canned tomatoes, broth and salt then simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. This allows the flavors to simmer together and the tomatoes to thicken and concentrate. Taste, adding more salt as desired; depending on the saltiness of your broth, you may not need any additional salt or you may need another 1/4 teaspoon or so. 

Blend the soup using an immersion blender or regular blender; you may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Return the soup to the pot, then add in the tortellini and basil and cook until tortellini are just tender, about 5-6 minutes.

Divide into soup bowls and serve! 

Serving Tips! 

Garnish with extra torn basil leaves, red pepper flakes and a sprinkle of regular or dairy-free parmesan cheese. 

The tortellini will continue to expand as it sits, so I don’t recommend making this one too much ahead of time. You can make the tomato soup ahead of time, then warm and add in the tortellini right before serving. 

Pot of Tomato basil Soup with Tortellini

Tomato Tortellini Soup Freezing and Storage 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. This recipe won’t freeze well because of the tortellini, but it can make for a great freezer soup. 

To do this, make the tomato soup portion of the recipe as directed, then let cool and place in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up 3-4 months. When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and let thaw overnight. Warm in a soup pan, then add in the tortellini before serving to cook through. 

Garnish with extra fresh basil leaves for a fresh, bright taste.

Creamy Tortellini Tomato Soup

More Tomato Soup Recipes 

Healthy Pasta Fagioli Recipe
Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Tuscan Kale Soup Recipe
Slow Cooker Tomato Soup
Weeknight Tortilla Soup 

I hope you love this creamy tomato tortellini soup as much as we do! If you try it, make sure to come back to leave a comment and rate it. Seeing you make my recipes makes my day and your feedback helps other readers!

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Tomato basil Tortellini Soup

One Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: dinner, one pot, pasta, soup, healthy, vegetarian
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American, Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

One Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup! This healthy, vegetarian or vegan one pot soup is super delicious and kid friendly. Simple tomato soup with cheesy tortellini and fresh basil. 


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: dinner, one pot, pasta, soup, healthy, vegetarian
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American, Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: dinner, one pot, pasta, soup, healthy, vegetarian
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American, Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/21 teaspoon salt (depending on the saltiness of your broth)
  • 1 package cheese tortellini of choice
  • 1/3 cup cream*
  • 1/2 cup torn basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until slightly softened, taking care not to burn. Add in the red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning and cook for another minute until just fragrant.
  2. Add in the tomatoes, vegetable broth and salt, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Taste, adding more salt as desired.
  3. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or regular blender; you may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Return the soup to the pot, then add in the cream, tortellini and basil and cook until tortellini are just tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Divide into soup bowls and serve! We love this with extra torn basil leaves, red pepper flakes and a sprinkle of regular or dairy-free parm cheese. 

Notes

My favorite dairy-free tortellini are from Kite Hill, which is what I used to test and photograph this recipe. Not sponsored, that’s just the brand that we buy often– especially when they are on sale! However, any tortellini will work here.

Any kind of cream works– cashew cream, non-dairy cream or heavy cream all work in this recipe! Also totally fine to leave it out; just won’t be as creamy.

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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