Quick Tortellini Soup with Greens

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Warm up to a bowl of comfort with a family favorite recipe for Quick Tortellini Soup with Greens.

Two bowls containing Quick Tortellini Soup with Greens topped with pesto

When it comes to store-bought shortcuts, refrigerated tortellini is one of the grocery store’s greatest gifts. It can be elevated with such ease, quickly transforming into a crispy appetizer, a 5-star pasta salad or a super-quick soup.

In this recipe, it works its magic alongside leafy greens (we’re getting a double dose with both kale and Brussels sprouts), as well as plenty of shaved Parmesan cheese and even a basil pesto drizzle.

Chopped kale and Brussels sprouts on a cutting board with a knife

Is This Tortellini Soup Vegetarian?

It absolutely can be! There are just two small tweaks to transform this recipe into a vegetarian-friendly feast:

  • Use cheese or veggie tortellini
  • Use vegetable stock (instead of chicken
Sautéed Brussels sprouts in a large stockpot

What Are the Best Soup Garnishes?

This fresh and flavor-packed tortellini soup is finished with a squeeze of lemon to brighten your bowl. It’s also topped with a drizzle of basil pesto (homemade or store-bought) and plenty of freshly shaved Parmesan cheese.

A hand holding a lemon squeezing lemon juice into a large pot of soup

Get Inspired with Refrigerated Tortellini Recipes

There’s nothing this versatile store-bought pasta can’t do! Check out a few of my favorite refrigerated tortellini recipes below.

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Quick Tortellini Soup with Greens

Grab a spoon and warm up to a bowl of healthy comfort with a family favorite recipe for Quick Tortellini Soup with Greens.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 4 votes
Two bowls containing Quick Tortellini Soup with Greens topped with pesto
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 (5-oz.) wedge Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 9 oz. refrigerated tortellini of choice
  • 2 cups shredded kale leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Homemade or store-bought pesto, for serving


  • Using a vegetable peeler or cheese grater, shred ½ cup Parmesan cheese and set it aside. Reserve the rind. 
  • In a large heavy-bottomed stock pot set over medium-low heat, add the olive oil and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the Brussels sprouts and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add the chicken stock and Parmesan cheese rind. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. Add the tortellini and cook until the tortellini are tender, about 7 minutes. 
  • Turn off the heat then immediately stir in the kale lemon juice. Taste and season the soup with salt and pepper. (If the Parmesan rind hasn’t fully melted, discard it from the soup.)
  • Divide the soup into serving bowls. Garnish with reserved Parmesan cheese and pesto. 
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Calories: 419kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 1040mg, Potassium: 650mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 2711IU, Vitamin C: 62mg, Calcium: 406mg, Iron: 3mg


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  1. 5 stars
    YUMMY! We’ll be making this again for sure. Maybe not as quick as I would have liked, by the time I diced the onion, mince the garlic, trimmed and sliced the Brussels sprouts and shredded the kale leaves. But after that, it comes together quickly. Our kale was very curly and firm and we were afraid adding it at the would now give it time to soften/wilt so we added about half way thru the tortellini cooking. Looking at the other comments, maybe we’ll try spinach next time. Definitely makes 6 meal size services. Thanks Kelly.

  2. 5 stars
    I added kidney beans and substituted spinach for kale, and this recipe was outstanding. I made a vegetarian version.

  3. 5 stars
    I made your last night and loved it. I had a container of mixed baby kale and spinach and used it instead of all kale. I think the next time I might add some shredded carrots. Quick, delicious and repeatable. Thanks!