Italian Spinach and Tortellini Soup

November 20, 2013

Italian Spinach and Tortellini Soup is a hearty delicious soup that is perfect any time of the year. Made with stuffed Tortellini, quality Pork, Italian Sausage, Spinach and the finest cheeses for an unforgettable flavor, It’s perfectly paired with a warm crusty Italian Bread.

Italian Spinach and Pasta Soup

Italian Spinach and Tortellini Soup

For the meatballs:

  • 12 oz cooked Tortellini
  • 3/4 pound pork
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2/3 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 cup minced yellow onion
  • 2 cups diced carrots (3 carrots), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 cup diced celery (2 stalks), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 10 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 24 ounces baby spinach washed and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the meatballs, place the ground pork, sausage, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, Pecorino, Parmesan, milk, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl and combine gently with a fork. With a teaspoon, drop 1 to 1 1/4-inch meatball on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (You should have about 50 small meatballs. They don’t have to be perfectly round.) Bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned. Set aside.
  3. In the meantime, for the soup, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and sauté until softened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil.  Turn to simmer heat and cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Add the fresh basil, cooked pasta, and then the meatballs to the soup and simmer for 1 minute. Taste for salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in the fresh spinach and cook for 1 minute, until the spinach is just wilted.
  6. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle each serving with extra grated Parmesan.



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  • Reply
    Mandy Lewis
    June 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Great recipe, love any Italian soup! Especially one with SPinach!

  • Reply
    Stephanie Pass
    April 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    This is my kind of soup. I love Tortellini in soup. Plus, the added meatballs just sound wonderful.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      April 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      I have to tell you it flies off the table, and has even been air mailed to my mom!Thank you for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed our recipe.

  • Reply
    November 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Cute mugs!

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