Tortellini soup

Tortellini soup

10 min
Tortellini soup, a beloved Italian classic, combines rich history, diverse variations, and timeless comfort. Originating in the Emilia-Romagna region, it boasts a legacy dating back centuries. Whether enjoyed as a comforting home-cooked meal or a gourmet delight in a trattoria, tortellini soup epitomizes the essence of Italian cuisine, blending tradition and innovation in every steaming bowl.


Step 1
  • Bring the soup to the boil in a saucepan.
Step 2
  • Add the tortellini and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Step 3
  • Meanwhile, roughly chop the basil.
Step 4
  • Serve the soup and sprinkle with basil and cheese.

Questions about tortellini soup

This quick and easy tortellini soup recipe it's fantastic for any occasion. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about it.

What is tortellini soup made of?
Simply add this unique pasta variety (stuffed shells that resemble mini-croissants or wontons) to any soup and you will transform your dish into an Italian classic.
What is the cooking time for tortellini?
Fresh tortellini will cook much faster (typically 2-3 minutes) than dried options (typically 10-12 minutes). While filled pastas, like tortellini, are usually ready when they float to the top, it’s always a good idea to do an al dente taste-test: soft but with a little bite to it.
Can you reheat tortellini soup?
Definitely. Remember that leftovers will compromise on texture and the pasta will soften more with each passing day. An idea is to cook and store the tortellini separately and then simply add to your leftover soup during the reheating process.
How do I cook tortellini?
Cook like any other pasta: add to a pot of gently boiling, salted water.


Mild tomato soup
500 ml
Fresh tortellini
100 g
Fresh basil
4 g
Grated mozzarella cheese
190 g

An Italian classic

While Italy is home to some of the world's most loved and iconic foods, tortellini soup is perhaps one of the country’s best kept secrets: pillows of filled pasta floating in a fragrant base of creamy soup or clear broth. Versatile enough to indulge any palate, this soup will quickly become one of the family’s winter favourites.

Vary with different toppings for extra flavour

Most herbs will add an extra depth of flavour to your soup, especially basil, oregano or thyme. For creamy soups, a generous helping of shredded parmesan cheese, crumbled ricotta or buffalo mozzarella will add extra richness to an already moreish dish.

Tortellini soup serving suggestions

Traditional side dishes will of course be as Italian as your soup: fresh ciabatta bread, bruschetta or a panzanella salad of soaked bread, tomatoes, onions and basil coated in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

How to store soup leftovers

Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to five days. Remember that the pasta will continue to soften and that some texture will be lost as a result. To avoid this, cook and store your tortellini separately and add a few to the soup before reheating.