To wrap up my fall posts featuring fresh zucchini, today I’m sharing this amazingly delicious, Italian-inspired Tortelloni Soup with Sausage, Carrots and Zucchini.

Bowl of soup with tortelloni, sausage, zucchini and carrots

The weather in Denver is finally starting to feel like fall, and that means it’s one of my favorite seasons – soup! My husband Robert and I both love soup for dinner, especially on chilly fall and winter evenings. Tortelloni Soup with Sausage, Carrots and Zucchini is one of our new favorites. Not only is it super easy to prepare, it’s overflowing with delicious flavors and textures.

I first had this soup at the beautiful Breckenridge home of good friend Carol McDermott. While she was preparing it, I could tell just from the list of ingredients that it would be scrumptious. Well, it didn’t disappoint! So much flavor going on in one bowl of soup.

Bowl of soup with tortelloni, sausage, zucchini and carrots.

Italian sausage, onion, garlic, fresh carrots and zucchini are combined together with tortelloni in a seasoned tomato-red wine broth. After simmering to allow the flavors to combine, this Italian-inspired soup is topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. What more could you ask for? Well, maybe a loaf of warmed, crusty bread and some butter on the side – and now you have a one dish, super delicious dinner!

[A few notes on my version of this dish: first, Carol uses tortellini instead of tortelloni. I think it’s delicious either way. It’s a bit more filling with the larger tortelloni. She also cooks the sausage separate from the onion and garlic. I just throw it all in the pot together – again, it will work either way.]

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Bowl of soup with tortelloni, sausage, zucchini and carrots.

Tortelloni Soup with Sausage, Carrots and Zucchini

Super easy to prepare, this hearty soup is overflowing with both delicious flavors and textures.

  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x



1 pound bulk Italian sausage (pork or turkey, spicy or mild)

1 cup chopped onion (around 1/2 large)

1 heaping teaspoon chopped garlic

5 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup dry red wine

1(15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained (see Note)

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 cup sliced carrot, slices halved if large

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

8 ounces fresh tortelloni or tortellini (I like 5 cheese flavor)

1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced

1 large green or yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped

3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley

Kosher salt, to taste

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. In a large stock pot, combine the sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat. Cook, stirring and breaking up the sausage with a spatula, until the onion is soft and the sausage is no longer pink.
  2. Stir in broth, water, wine, tomatoes (with juice), tomato sauce, carrot and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally
  3. Skim fat from top of soup (I use a paper towel). Stir in tortelloni, zucchini, bell pepper and parsley. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese (or on the side).


Note: can substitute 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes for canned; increase chicken broth by 1/2 cup.

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Category: Main dish, soups, easy entertaining
Bowl of soup with tortelloni, sausage, zucchini and carrots.

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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