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Quick and Easy Spinach Tortellini Soup

Are you looking for a simple and healthy recipe that you can make in minutes? Wait until you try this quick and easy tortellini soup recipe.

I make this tortellini soup recipe at least a few times a month all winter long.

One of the best things about it is you can make it minutes with ingredients you have on hand.

And this quick and easy tortellini soup has lots of flavors.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of quick and easy meals that are healthy and pack a lot of flavor.

Like this baked shrimp scampi.

Or this no-mess shrimp boil foil packets.

And this spinach salad takes minutes to make and is totally delicious.

But during soup season, I’m all about the soups!

Like this recipe for chicken soup homemade.

Or THIS heartier soup.

And while I love all of those dishes, this recipe for spinach tortellini soup is the bomb and is a go-to favorite when the temperatures are low!

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Is Spinach OK in Soup?


Not only does spinach add color and flavor, but it adds a ton of health benefits as well.

I’m always looking for ways to get more iron in my diet and this soup is a great way to add some.

Mincing garlic

Can I Add Frozen Spinach to Soup?

Yes you totally can.

This recipe for spinach tortellini soup can be made with either fresh or frozen spinach.

When I don’t have fresh on hand, I grab a 10 oz. package of frozen spinach and let it both that and cook right in the soup!

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Do You Need to Defrost Frozen Spinach?


Allow it to thaw and cook directly in the soup.

Can I Substitute Frozen For Fresh in Soup?

Yes, it works great!

In general, a 10 oz package can replace about 1 – 1.5 pounds of fresh spinach.

If using fresh spinach, you’ll want to saute it while cooking the garlic.

However if using frozen, I add it after the broth comes to a boil.

What is Tortellini Soup Made Of?

While there are lots of versions of tortellini soup, some are more hearty than others.

This version is a great vegetarian option because there is no meat used and you can swap vegetable for chicken broth.

Typically, you’ll see broth, tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, and sometimes chicken or beef.

But with soup, you can add beans or make more of a soup base with celery, onions, and carrots.

And while you can make it how you want, this recipe for spinach tortellini soup is super simple and not much work.

Which is why it is a go-to dish for me.

Wait until you see how quick and easy this is to make!

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Spinach Tortellini Soup

I started making this recipe years ago when my kids were very young.

One of the reasons I loved it so much was it is so easy to make and packs a lot of nutrition.

Back in the day, I made it often with diced tomatoes, but when my kids would pick them out every meal, I got smart and omitted them.

And you know what?

It’s really good without the tomatoes too!

Plus it was a go-to for me when we were running from activity to activity. I love that it takes minutes to make, is kid-friendly and packs a lot of flavor.

Oh and my kids weren’t fans of the spinach either, but I kept telling them if the meal has pasta in it, they had to eat it.

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And you know what?

They did!

This tortellini soup recipe is also a great way to use fresh spinach from the garden. However, frozen spinach works just as well.

Wait until you see how good this tortellini soup is!

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Close up of quick and Easy Tortellini Soup

Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup

Stacy Ling
This tortellini soup can be made a few ways with ingredients you have on hand.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 169 kcal


  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 package fresh or frozen spinach
  • 60 oz can of chicken stock
  • 28 oz petite diced tomatoes (optional)
  • 1 package fresh dry or frozen tortellini
  • parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Heat extra virgin olive oil.
    Close up of quick and Easy Tortellini Soup
  • Add garlic and saute until it softens and releases that odor.
  • If using fresh spinach, add fresh spinach and saute until cooked down.
  • Add chicken stock and heat to boiling.
  • If using frozen spinach, add it and cook it directly in the soup.
  • If adding tomatoes, add it now too.
  • Cook for about 7-10 minutes so flavors combine.
  • Add tortellini and cook according to package directions.
  • Top with parmesan cheese.


This recipe can also be prepared ahead of time. Just wait to cook the tortellini until prior to serving.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 10gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 581mgPotassium: 696mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 313IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
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    1. Hey Kathleen! Nope you can just drop them right in the soup! Just make sure they are fully cooked before serving.