The night I made this soup for dinner, I was completely exhausted.  I’m not exactly sure why, but if I had to guess I’d say maybe it has something to do with the combination of full time job plus toddler son plus the third trimester of pregnancy.  I was thisclose to scrapping it and going for something like a grilled cheese or a bowl of cereal.  But, I’d already bought the ingredients and I knew this was more nutritious than anything else I might throw together.  I didn’t want to waste the ingredients, and I really try to stick to my meal plans, so I rallied and made the soup.  Not only did it taste far better than I expected, it was so quick and easy it really didn’t require much more effort than grilled cheese.  We were both nuts about this soup and it will be making many reappearances on our future weekly menus, especially during weeks when I know I will be busy and tired.  Win!


1 tbsp. olive oil
½ cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. dried oregano
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juices
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
9 oz. tortellini, any variety (fresh or frozen)
3 cups fresh baby spinach, loosely packed
Salt and pepper
Grated Parmesan, for serving


  • 01

    In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onions to the pan and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add in the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, just until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Mix in the oregano and diced tomatoes.  Add the broth to the pot.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Add the tortellini to the pot and cook according to the package directions.  One minute before the tortellini is fully cooked, stir in the spinach.  Remove from the heat.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve warm with grated Parmesan as desired.


  • Love the ease of this recipe. This is THE ONLY thing my bf makes and his is simply… broth and frozen tortellini… and only when he’s sick! I like your kicked up version. Wonderful post, like always! :)

  • This soup looks perfect! I LOVE tortellini. Mmm.

  • Hmmm. This is something really different, at least for us. I look forward to giving it a try!

  • Jenni

    Annie- I want you to know that I make this EXACT soup regularly. I didnt get the recipe from a cookbook, just from my head! It is my winter go-to!

  • Tortellini in soup is genius–it really makes it into a meal.

  • I made something similar recently and it turned out delicious.. can’t wait to try it out this way.

  • That soup looks wonderful! I’ve printed the recipe and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks.

  • Kera

    I’ve made something like this before and it was great! What kind of bread do you have next to the soup? I might have to make this later this week.

  • Annie

    It is focaccia bread.

  • I love tortellini and soup! This recipe looks pretty easy to put together as well.

  • I am honestly making this for dinner tonight. Easy, healthy, and has to be delicious. I’ll bet you could swap mini meatballs for the tortellini for a different twist. This looks like a very versatile recipe. Thanks!

  • chrissie

    Does this recipe keep well? I’d like to make it and eat it over several days.

  • Annie

    I don’t know, I haven’t tried it over time myself. You’ll have to try it and see!

  • I make a soup very similar to this. It is wonderful to have a meal that can be prepared quickly. Sometimes I add a can of white beans to the soup to make it more filling.

    Congrats on being in the third trimester. The end is near :)

  • penandra

    This is one of my go-to soups for winter and it is delicious. However, since I am cooking for one and will have leftovers, instead of puttting the spinach into the pot, I put a handful of fresh spinach into the soup bowl and pour the hot soup over it. Although when packing this up for work lunches, I put the spinach in the container with a couple of ladle-fulls of the soup and microwave them together.

  • This looks like such a hearty yet easy meal. I have most of these ingredients at home, so I will definitely be giving this a whirl!

  • Annie, I’m so happy you liked my recipe! I agree with you – this soup has much more flavor than you would expect from the simple ingredients and preparation. I hope this recipe helps get you through your third trimester!

  • Oh my gosh. Why do I have to look at your posts right before lunch? This looks so good – I think I can smell it through to computer monitor!

  • Ahhh, that looks amazing!! :)
    I absolutely LOVE your website! :)

  • I love tortellini soup!! Yours looks delicious! I’m going to make this for dinner asap :)

  • I love tortellini soup. I make a similar one all the time. It’s so good on cold nights.

  • This looks SO SO GOOD!! I am def putting this in our meal plan for next week. Thank you. :)

  • Lia

    @Blog is the New Black: Hah! This soup is practically the only thing my BF can make as well!

    Don’t be fooled by it’s simplicity, it is delicious! He treats me to it about once a month :)

    @Chrissie: Keeping tortellini (or any pasta) in liquid for a while can make it quite soggy. If you’re going to eat it over two days, it should be fine. Longer than that and I would either cook the tortellini separately or scoop them out before storing. Rather than adding the spinach directly to the soup, I would put it in the bowls right before serving for the same reason.

    A can of drained and rinsed kidney beans along with the tomatoes is a super yummy addition. We also put a little bit of red wine vinegar for zing! So tasty.

  • payal

    We’ve all been sick and I was just looking for a good tortellini soup recipe! yeah– thanks for an easy, vegetarian recipe that I could actually make on a weekday :) I don’t know how you do it….b/c with two little kids, a full time job, and single parenting during the week, I feel exhausted every night!

  • Megan

    I made this tonight – I shredded some chicken in it too. Delish!!

  • Such a great and easy recipe! I made this tonight with whole wheat tortellini. Delicious, quick and healthy. Can’t beat that. Thanks for sharing.

  • jamie

    thank you SO much for posting this! i made up a very similar soup a couple weeks ago and didn’t write any notes down. i also added some carrots and cannellini beans. soooo good! i’m feeling the exhaustion of the last few months of pregnancy myself, and i’m going to make this soup tonight. woo-hoo!!

  • Roz Bickel

    I cannot wait to make this. Looks so delicious and healthy. Beautiful! Thank you! I love your site!

  • Tanya

    I make a recipe that’s almost identical to this whenever I have cravings for Italian food but don’t want to load up on too many carbs with pasta. The only changes I make are using stewed Italian-style tomatoes and and adding chopped Italian-style chicken sausage. It’s delicious and even makes great leftovers (if it gets that far).

  • Tanya

    I’ve made this type of soup before and found that it keeps pretty well for 4-5 days as long as you don’t overcook the tortellini.

  • Bless your heart. By the time I got to my third trimester I was like put a fork in me, I’m done.

    I have a similar recipe that I make all the time. It’s one of my favorite soups!

  • Michelle

    I made this soup for dinner last night after my girls had swimming lessons. It was quick and very yummy! My five year old had two bowls full and asked me to make it again. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful recipes.

  • I can’t even tell you how often I only manage to stick to my menu plan because it’s healthy and I already have the ingredients. But on those nights, I tend to skip photographing dinner. “If it’s good, I’ll make it again, and if not, there’s no reason to take pictures anyway.” I fall into that trap almost weekly.

  • Looks great! I printed this out! Thinking I want to make it next week! Looks quick and yummy!

  • Meghan

    I found this recipe in Cooks Illustrated a few years back and it has been a staple in my family ever since! I actually top it off with slivered fresh basil too. One of my absolute favorites!

  • Nancy

    This is so awesome! I made it tonight and it was so easy and quick to fix! The taste was incredible! Thank you so much, Annie, for posting such great recipes!!

  • Heather

    I made this tonight and for being a super easy meal, the presentation was wonderful when paired with the herbed foccacia and a mixed greens salad. I will definitely be making this again, along with the focaccia (YUM)! Thanks! My husband and little ones thank you as well.. I think they were getting sick of what seemed to be the same old recipes on repeat each week!

  • I made this for dinner Friday night. Mine turned out more as a pasta dish because I grabbed the can of crushed tomatoes instead of the diced and it thickened up more than soup, but it was still yummy. Hubby is eating the leftovers right now.

  • mary

    I made this soup this evening- super easy & so good!

  • Duveen

    I made this soup for the first time last week on a snowy winter evening in Nebraska, and it was absolutely fabulous! To go with it, I also made a quick & easy flatbread, brushed with oil olive and sprinkled with kosher salt. The result was a meal that was as delicious to eat as it was simple to prepare! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  • Jamie H

    This was delicious! Quick and easy…what a perfect soup for a cold night.

  • Kimberly

    I made this soup the other night and added a bit of chopped up zucchini for some additional vegetables/nutrition. It was simply wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Made this recipe a week ago and just posted about it today. Really enjoyed it. Thanks!

  • Jennifer

    I made this last night and it was so yummy! I’m more than seven months pregnant and so tired, so I was tempted to send my husband out for take-out, but since it looked quick and easy I went ahead and cooked, I served it with a nice salad and some fresh asiago cheese bread, definite keeper! Thanks!

  • Just wanted to let you know that this has become a standby at my house…I have made it too many times to count since you posted it. The tortellini makes it a kid pleaser and it has veggies in it! Plus, with mainly pantry/frig staples, it’s so easy to fall back on for nights when I don’t feel like making a big meal. I made it tonight with your honey yeast rolls and a pan of your triple chocolate fudge brownies for dessert. It’s an Annie’s Eats night! Sometimes it’s nice to go with a no brainer entree like this soup and then really doll it up with some fancy homemade rolls and a delicious from-scratch dessert.

  • Linda

    I’ve made this recipe twice so far – even though it’s summer and I live in Florida. My husband, who is not big into soups as main courses, loves it. I added some shredded chicken to up the protein and make it a little more hearty for him. Can’t wait until I can really enjoy this recipe in the fall.

  • Danielle

    I made this for lunch today and my husband and I were surprised at how delicious it was!! We live in Alaska where it’s cold year round, so I’m glad we’ve found another healthy dish to add to our menu! Thanks! :)

  • Jessica

    Made it for dinner, yummy!

  • Melissa

    I make a soup very similar to this except I add sausage and half a green and red pepper. It’s my husbands favorite soup!

  • arenda

    Annie, we love this recipe! We have it once a week for dinner it’s so delish. It was great for camping, too (nice + easy to prepare, yet filling).

  • barb miller

    love this soup!! Had your scones with berries, loved them.
    please post recipe

  • Aubrey

    I made this soup last night, and it is amazing. But sadly i didn’t have any spinach to put in it so I just left it out. My brother complained and said it was to tomato-y but every one else loved it, we served with some garlic Parmesan bread and it was one of the best soups i have ever made! (Its one of those soups that just makes you not care about the spoon and drink it right out of the bowl like cereal milk!!) Thanks for the recipe!!

  • You certainly have every reason to be tired! Looks like a yummy soup. I have less reason to be tired, but I still like to make some quick meals once in a while.

  • Karen B

    I just made this soup for dinner and I LOVE it! I added some navy beans and crushed red pepper but otherwise stayed with your recipe. Thanks for the great dinner idea! I will definitely be making it again.

  • Amanda

    Hello! I found your website from pinterest and made this soup last night. It was so good! But the best part was that my basement apartment smelled amazing for hours afterwards. Love your site!

  • Jessica

    Quick and DELICIOUS! I added some sliced avocado to each serving with mozzarella cheese. In place of the tortellini, I used cheese/chicken stuffed ravioli because I couldn’t find any tortellini stuffed with meat… my husband is never satisfied unless he has meat with his dinner :)
    I will be making this over and over again! Thank you!

  • Jessica

    I just made this, substituting red pepper flakes for the oregano. It is delicious – clean, balanced. I made a double batch, so I put a few ladlefuls in a separate pot to cook the tortellini and spinach for two servings. The remaining broth will freeze for future meals. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Megan

    I just finished making this (and eating it!), and it is fantastic. I have ALWAYS loved tortellini soup but I normally just throw some Lipton in a pot. This is simple and delicious – I even drank all the broth! Thanks! Now I just have to see how well it saves…Next time I might cut the recipe in two :)

  • Megan

    Oh, and I used basil instead of oregano due to personal preference. Still turned out great for all of you oregano-haters out there! ;)

  • Robin

    I LOVED this soup!! The only thing that I added was some grilled chicken breast. Thank you so much for your blog. Since I discovered it, I have been inspired to cook at home even more than I was before.

  • We loved this soup! Thank you so much for sharing! The only thing I did differently was used Italian Diced Tomatoes, instead of just plain diced tomatoes. It was scrumptious! :-) Thanks again! <3

  • Kathleen

    We made this for dinner last night. It was wonderful! So simple, yet so good! Thanks for the recipe. I’m attempting the baked spinach tonight! Can’t wait :-)

  • Looks delicious! I am definitely going to have to try this!

  • Valla

    I make a version of this using Knorr Vegetable Soup mix, broth, garlic pepper & salt. I bring to a boil and add acini pepe pasta (a small bead like pasta) to add texture. I then add the tortellini for the last 5 minutes. I make this by request from my family and friends. It is wonderfully filling and tastes great!

  • Aina

    I made this soup today for me and my roommate and it’s delicious! We loved it! Thanks!

  • Bo Jacober

    I added rotel tomatoes to it instead, it gave it a little bit of spice! It was awesome!

  • Brittany

    I made this a couple of nights ago, and it was so GOOD! A few things I did differently to kick up the spice was to add crushed red pepper to the the onions while they were cooking. I also used bay leaves with the chicken stock for more flavor. Thanks so much for this delicious recipe!

  • Jordan

    Just made this tonight and like Annie I was not in the mood to cook tonight but boy am I glad I did. This soup was light and hearty! Delicious! I added chicken and pureed the tomatoes.

  • Abi Hunter

    finally got round to trying this! its a variation on but definitely inspired by yours, thanks :)

  • Bridget Moran

    This looks amazing! Can anyone tell me how much it makes? I’m having a dinner party and need to feed 7

  • annieseats

    I would probably double it to serve 7. I would say it makes about 4-5 servings, conservatively.

  • Laurie Morgan

    I’m a fan of quick and easy soups and this one is a keeper! I was out of onion, so I used a shallot, along with some sad looking carrots in the fridge that needed somewhere to go. I increased the broth by 1 cup, and added a can of white beans for extra protein. I also found this recipe via Pinterest and will now subscribe to your RSS. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Renee

    I made this tonight… added some carrots, zucchini and mushrooms that needed to be eaten & it was so yummy! If I add 3 things, does that even count as your soup? I don’t know but the tortelini in it was delicious!

  • Christina Munoz

    I made this tonight. Loved it. I’m going to add some Italian sausage next time.

  • Ann Grismore

    I’ve made this with chicken sausage and my husband loved it! I love being able to make him a lighter soup & salad style dinner that is still filling. Delicious!

  • Ann Grismore

    This soup is so darn good exactly as written and I love that it lends it well to alterations, as well. As soon as the weather turns cold here in Seattle this soup goes into our weekly menu rotation. Sometimes I make it earlier in the day so I can have it for both lunch and dinner! My husband loves soup as much as I do but he was in the mood for something a bit heartier so I just made a few small additions and it was just as delicious as the original recipe. I sauteed double the amount of onion with 2 peeled, diced carrots and 2 cleaned and diced celery stalks. I used a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, and one small can of tomato paste and added one pound of cooked, spicy chicken sausage. Because of the seasoning in the sausage I didn’t add the oregano, salt, or pepper and didn’t miss them. I put a large handful of the spinach leaves in the bottom of each bowl and ladled the soup on top. Adding the extra veggies, sausage, and tomato paste made for a thicker soup. It was filling and delicious! For the leftovers I will reheat them with an extra cup or 2 of broth and we’ll have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I served it with a warm, crunchy piece of garlic bread. Yum!

  • Melissa Brooker

    I made this last Saturday for the first time and today for the second! My husband and I loved it so much that it was gone super quick! I feel like this will be a go to meal for me this fall and winter! Super easy and quick, most ingredients I always have on hand, and now tortellini will be a freezer staple in case the urge for this arises! Thanks so much for such a delicious soup! I love it with a grilled cheese, but I would go well with so many things! I can always count on you Annie!

  • Danita Day

    I made a double batch last night and used diced tomatoes with oregano and garlic. I added a Parmesan rind from the freezer and let the broth simmer for an hour before adding the tortellini and spinach. It was delicious. Thanks for another great recipe Annie.