One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

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Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot with ladle scooping.  It's silky and creamy with  onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Man, do I love me a good creamy soup!  But toss in some cheesy tortellini and salty sausage and I am in heaven.  That’s what we have here with my One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup.  The base is a silky, creamy chicken broth thickened with a simple roux and milk.  Carrots, onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  Oregano brings an herb-y flavor and the tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

You know what makes this recipe even better?  It cooks entirely in ONE POT!  Talk about easy clean up and a super easy Dinner!

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Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Balanced Meal in One Pot

The beauty of this Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup is that is a complete and balanced meal with protein, grains, vegetables all in one pot.  There are many pasta recipes out there that tout their easy preparation in one pot or pan.  But to be fully balanced, they really need to provide protein and vegetables too.

Here are some other balanced One Pot or Pan Meals to try!

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl with spoonful of soup above bowl. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

For this recipe, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven is great.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

As this is a One Pot meal, everything cooks in stages in one singular large pot!  However, you could speed things up a bit by searing the zucchini in a separate pan while you make the soup.  I would still sear the sausage in the soup pot, however, as it imparts great flavor to the soup.

For the prep, you can peel and dice the carrots and onions up to 4 days ahead, along with with the minced the garlic.  These 3 veggies can be stored together.

You can also slice the zucchini and the sausage into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and store separately in the fridge up to 3 days in advance.

Can I use raw or pork sausage?

Yes, you definitely can add in the sausage of your choice.  Raw Italian sausage links would be great and are traditional.  Simply buy the meat in bulk or squeeze it out of the links to cook it before the soup.  

What else can be added to this soup?

I love the sweetness of the carrots and hearty bite of the zucchini in this soup.  But there are many other veggies that would be great in here.  You could add kale, spinach, mushrooms, or peas.  You can also add in white beans for more protein and to bulk it up.  It’s really up to you and your family preferences here, so have fun with it!

COOK YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

Preheat the large pot on Medium heat. Add Olive Oil and then the sliced zucchini in a single layer. Cook on the first side for 3-4 minutes to brown. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Do the same with the sausage and transfer to the same plate with the zucchini.

Sausage slices in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Add another tsp of olive oil to the pot and add the carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the butter, olive oil, and flour. Stir so all flour is moistened and combined with the veggies. Whisk in the milk.

Carrots and onions in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Flour being added to carrots and onions in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Milk added to roux and carrots in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Stir in the broth and then bring soup up to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add back the sausage and the zucchini, plus the frozen tortellini. Stir, then cover and bring to a simmer, then cook for a final 10 minutes until the tortellini are warmed through.

Thickened soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Tortellini added to soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

How many days ahead can I make this?

You can cook this entire soup up to 5 days in advance!  Store it in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.  You can also portion it out and freeze it for up to 4 months.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
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One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

This One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup is just heavenly and so easy to make ahead for an easy family dinner!  The base is a silky, creamy chicken broth thickened with a simple roux and milk.  Carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  Finally the salty and cheesy tortellini round out this hearty and complete balanced one-pot meal! #onepotmeals #easysoups #tortellinisoup #easyfamilydinners

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken sausage, chicken soup, easy dinner, One Pot Meal, soup, Tortellini, zucchini
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 571 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Zucchini and Sausage

  • 1 Large Zucchini
  • 4 Precooked Chicken Sausage links
  • 4 teaspoons Olive oil

Other Soup Ingredients

  • 1 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced (3 cloves)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 cups Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 12 ounces Frozen Cheese Tortellini

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Peel and dice the carrots and onions. Mince the garlic.

  2. Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise and then slice those halves in half. Slice into 1/2 inch triangles. Slice the sausage links into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.

Cook

  1. Preheat the large pot on Medium heat. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Olive Oil to the pot and then the sliced zucchini in a single layer. Cook on the first side for 3-4 minutes to brown. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. To the same pot, add another 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil and then the sausage slices in a single layer. Sear the sausage on the first side for 5-6 minutes. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to the same plate with the zucchini.

    Sausage slices in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
  3. Add another tsp of olive oil to the pot and add the carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the butter, olive oil, and flour. Stir so all flour is moistened and combined with the veggies. Whisk in the milk.

    Milk added to roux and carrots in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
  4. Stir in the broth and then bring soup up to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add back the sausage and the zucchini, plus the frozen tortellini. Stir, then cover and bring to a simmer, then cook for a final 10 minutes until the tortellini are warmed through. Enjoy!

    Tortellini added to soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

10 Easy & Tasty Soup Recipes for Dinner!

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It’s that time of year again…Soup Season!!  And, I have some Easy & Tasty Soup Recipes comin’ your way.  When a chill hits the air, warm and comforting food, especially soup, is what I crave.  Soup not only warms the body, it truly can warm the soul.  Soup fills your home with comforting aromas and calls everyone to the kitchen together.  It really is for everyone, anytime, anywhere. 

But, in my house, I especially love making Soup for Dinner!  I make it a weekly theme night and will often be found turning leftovers into a hearty soup for round 2.  Soup for Dinner has to deliver on 3 critical criteria:

  1. It must be tasty – for both kids and adults
  2. It must be easy – even on busy weeknights
  3. It must be filling – enough for a meal

Here are 10 of my favorite Easy & Tasty Soup Recipes that are Perfect for Dinner! 

10 Easy & Tasty Soup Recipes for Fall and Winter:

1.  Slow Cooker Light & Creamy Broccoli Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Broccoli Soup in a bowl with second bowl in back. This is easy, comforting, and delicious! With Carrots, Broccoli, Onion, Garlic, and Oregano, this is one flavorful soup. And, there is no heavy cream, just milk and a little half and half mixed with cornstarch, so it's healthy and gluten free!

First up on the list, is this irresistible Creamy & Light Broccoli Soup.  It’s easy, creamy, comforting, and delicious!  I mean, who doesn’t like a creamy soup!  With Carrots, Broccoli, Onion, Garlic, and Oregano, this is one flavorful soup. And, there is no heavy cream, just milk and a little half and half mixed with cornstarch, so you can feel good about eating this gluten free veggie-loaded soup.  Best yet, this cooks in the slow cooker, so it’s super easy too!

 2.  5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup

5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is creamy without the cream (in fact, there is no dairy at all in this dish).  It's chunky but somehow still light.  And with loads of chicken, carrots, and peas, t's full of flavor and texture even though it only has 5 ingredients.

Seriously, who needs noodles when you have such a thick, hearty, creamy, and chunky chicken soup like this one? This 5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is one of those recipes that warms the belly as well as the soul. This Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is creamy without the cream (in fact, there is no dairy at all in this dish). It’s chunky but light because you don’t have the heavy noodles. And with loads of chicken, carrots, and peas, it’s full of flavor and texture even though it only has 5 ingredients.

3.  Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Soup

Chicken and Mushroom Soup in a Slow Cooker Pot with wood spoon on counter with cutting board next to it and raw mushrooms and carrots around. This Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Soup is warm, hearty, comforting, earthy, and just devine. The mix of blended and chunky mushrooms with carrots, onions, celery, shredded chicken, and herbs gives you a perfect bite every time.

There’s seriously nothing better than the comforting aroma of a hearty soup cooking in the house.  Actually, there is one thing better.  Walking into your own house and smelling that comforting soup waiting for you!  This Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Soup is warm, hearty, comforting, earthy, and just devine. The mix of blended and chunky mushrooms with carrots, onions, celery, and shredded chicken gives you a perfect bite every time. Oregano takes it over the edge with flavor giving this soup an herby taste that pairs just beautifully with the mushrooms.

 4.  Creamy Golden Corn Soup

Chilled Golden Corn Soup in a bowl with pot of soup behind and turmeric spice in a bowl on the side. Scallions on top for garnish. It's thick, creamy, silky and delicious.  The entire family will love this easy stovetop corn soup! #summerfood #cornsoup #corn #vegetarian #vegetablerecipes #sides

This Golden Corn Soup is thick, creamy, silky and filled with fresh corn flavor and a warm golden turmeric backdrop. The incredible flavor in each spoonful immediately hits your tongue with bright creamy sweetness from the fresh sweet corn. Then it finishes with a silky, warm spice from the turmeric. The entire family will love this corn soup! Oh, it’s also a stovetop quickie, so of course that makes me happy!  While I originally posted this recipe as a Chilled Soup, it’s just as good hot!

5.  Creamy Ground Chicken Tomato Soup

This Creamy Ground Chicken Tomato Soup is creamy and chunky and has a ton of deep flavor.  AND it is healthy!  It uses all white meat ground chicken that you cook until it is incredibly browned for some serious flavor.  Then tomato paste adds the flavor back drop for the soup and a flour roux plus broth creates the amazing creaminess!  Finally Spinach is your veggie boost.  So delicious and so EASY!

6.  Zesty Pea Soup

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick…this Zesty Pea Soup with Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on the traditional Pea Soup recipe! You get the sweet fresh flavor of the peas with the cool mint, followed by the peppery kick from the jalapeño that gives you a wonderful warmth (not spicy hot) feel in your mouth and keeps you coming back for more. They blend together for the perfect Zesty Pea Soup.

7.  5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale

Chicken Tortilla Soup with sour cream on top in bowl on counter

Now, I love my slow cooker for soups, but sometimes, you need a quick fix! This 5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup is comforting, quick, it’s easy, it’s delicious AND…it’s an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes, this soup will become your new favorite!

8. Slow Cooker Detox Cabbage Soup

Comfort soups can be good for you too.  This Slow Cooker Detox Cabbage Soup is really easy, low-calorie, veggie-packed, which is a great way to kick off a system cleanse! This soup is light, but filling with cabbage, tomato, carrots, onion, and garlic. It is also so easy because it is made in the slow cooker, but you can make it faster on the stove as well. It is so good for you and so low calorie, that this makes a great dinner, lunch the next day, and snack whenever you get hungry!

9.  Creamy Carrot Soup with Kale and Roasted Chickpeas

Carrot Soup close up in a bowl with a another bowl in back. Creamy Carrot Soup with Kale, Roasted Chickpeas and Thyme is a creamy, textured, easy-to-make soup! It's great as a starter, but hearty enough to be a meal with Kale and Chickpeas. Not only does this soup taste delicious, it's also incredibly healthy with vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and protein!

Carrot Soup with Kale and Roasted Chickpeas and Thyme is a creamy and textured make-ahead soup! The carrots give this slightly sweet flavor and creaminess to the soup, while the Chickpeas give it more depth and thicken it up. The thyme brings a gentle earthy and lemony flavor to the dish that blends so beautifully with the carrots for an addictive taste. Finally, the kale gives you texture, something to chew on and brings another hearty layer to this amazing soup!

10.  Thick, Creamy & Healthy Mushroom Soup

Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup in a pot with ladle filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Now this is a bowl of love. Creamy, delicious, and healthy looooveee, AKA, my Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. This soup is filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful herby oregano, and bright chives. And it’s made without cream or flour, so it’s lighter and gluten free. But oh so thick and creamy and scrumptious. Definitely a bowl of love.   Check out the recipe!

What are YOUR favorite Fall Soup recipes?  Please share in the comments!

😍 Carrie