Easy Tortellini Soup

This nourishing, vibrant soup is on the table quickly, making it the perfect weeknight meal. The broth is delicate and creamy, thanks to the Parmesan rind, while dried basil adds an herbaceous note. We call for cheese tortellini, but you can easily swap in your favorite kind.

a recipe photo of the Easy Tortellini Soup
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Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 2 small leeks, trimmed, cleaned and finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 6 cups lower-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 Parmesan cheese rind (1 ounce)

  • 1 (20 ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini

  • 2 cups diagonally sliced asparagus

  • 1 ½ cups frozen green peas

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and leeks; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in basil, salt and pepper.

  2. Add broth and Parmesan rind. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a simmer. Add tortellini; cover and cook until al dente, about 4 minutes. Add asparagus and peas; cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are bright green and tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and discard the Parmesan rind.

  3. Divide the soup among 6 bowls. Top each with 2 teaspoons Parmesan and serve with a lemon wedge.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Add more broth, if necessary, when reheating.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

432 Calories
14g Fat
58g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 432
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Vitamin A 2683IU 54%
Vitamin C 18mg 20%
Vitamin D 11IU 3%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 61mcg 15%
Vitamin K 40mcg 33%
Sodium 735mg 32%
Calcium 251mg 19%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 25mg 6%
Potassium 247mg 5%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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