Vegetarian Tortellini Soup

It’s officially soup weather and I love soup weather. But sometimes you something a little more substantial than a traditional soup, so I decided to combine my love for pasta and my love for soup and make vegetarian tortellini soup. I’d been thinking about this for a while and when I passed the frozen tortellini at the grocery store, the answer was right there in front of me.

tortellini recipe

This is a super easy recipe, and the flavor is mostly dependent on the tortellini and the marinara sauce you use. That means: don’t cheap out here. If you buy $1 marinara sauce, you’re going to taste the difference. Just saying. I picked up Rao’s tomato basil sauce because it’s the absolute best pasta sauce on the face of the earth. Not kidding. But it’s not cheap, so just get whatever fits your budget. For the pasta, I went with a simple spinach and cheese tortellini but you could pretty much grab any tortellini you like!

This vegetarian tortellini soup is the perfect cold weather recipe! Perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

Vegetarian Tortellini Soup

Vegetarian Tortellini Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (16oz) jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 (14oz) can of Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 oz Romano cheese (or Parmesan)
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and add in the diced onion and minced garlic.
  2. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the onions begin to soften.
  3. Add in the vegetable broth, marinara sauce, and diced tomatoes.
  4. Cook for 10-12 minutes over low heat.
  5. Just before serving, add in the frozen tortellini and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Scoop into bowls and, grate a little Romano cheese on top.
  6. You may need to add a little salt and pepper, depending on your marinara sauce.

We topped ours with a blend of shredded Asiago, Fontina, Provolone and Parmesan which made it extra cheesy and delicious.

torttelini bowl

Mmm, warm, comforting, and still somewhat healthy! This vegetarian tortellini soup makes the perfect weeknight meal!

What’s your favorite kind of soup?


  1. This is a great idea, Liz! I love that you used marinara sauce to make this.

    2014 is going great so far! It’s been kind of nice that this was a short work week. I like the easy transition into the new year!

  2. Here in Israel warm, +16 in the evening now…Now have to come back to vegetables diet. i also like this nice soup and it’s really good to warm with good tasty soup.

  3. That soup sounds delicious! My sister’s a vegetarian so I’ll have to share it with her!

  4. This looks incredible! We made tortellini for dinner last night. Next time, I think instead of traditional tortellini I will try this soup out!

  5. Mhmm this looks delicious and easy! The best sort of recipe haha! 🙂

  6. Yummmm. I could use some nice, hearty soup for this snowy winter day! This looks delicious!

  7. 2014 has been going good so far..hope it stays great for the rest of this year.,,love the idea of this simple soup.

  8. Our 2014 is COLD!!!! Also, tortellini is so good! 🙂

  9. It is definitely going better than previous new years…maybe its because I decided against making hardcore resolutions for myself, and instead just applied a word to my year – ‘Simplify’. I’m in love with it, and its been so easy to apply to my year (so far!) This soup looks amazing! Might have to make it soon soon!

  10. I love tortellini, but I’ve never had them in soup before. This recipe looks amazingly delicious, and perfect to eat during all this freezing cold weather we’re supposed to get up here over the next couple of days! I definitly agree with you on getting good marinara sauce. I’ve always wanted to figure out my own, good, homemade recipe, but I”m too scared, haha.

  11. This looks delicious and perfect for the weather we’re having in Chicago right now! I just wanted to say congratulations on your engagement too!!! So exciting 🙂 I can’t wait to hear about how he did it!

  12. Ive made a very similar dish & totally agree – so comforting!

  13. This looks so good! I’m meal prepping all day, and I’m craving soup! Adding this recipe to my list!

  14. I can eat tomato sauce (marinara) and salsa by the spoonful, this looks delicious! And TJ’s has some great tortellini that I bet would work great in this dish 😀

    P.S. CONGRATS!!!

  15. I want to dive head first into this bowl! I 100% agree on the pasta sauce, you get what you pay for. I used to buy the cheap stuff and then one day I crossed over and will never look back 🙂


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