Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Chicken Tortellini Soup — All the comforting flavors of chicken noodle soup, but with the unexpected twist of using cheesy tortellini instead of egg noodles! This is hearty comfort food that’s EASY to make!

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup - An fun spin on classic chicken noodle soup using cheese tortellini!! Fast, easy, comfort food that just hits the spot! You'll make it over and over again!!

Easy Cheese Tortellini Soup … with Chicken!

I’ve been on a major soup-making kick lately. I love making soup because it’s easy and makes enough for plenty of meals to come.

Planned leftovers are my friend. My soup recipes are usually done in about a half hour and this chicken tortellini soup is no exception.

I used my Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup as the base and swapped out egg noodles for cheese tortellini. It has all the comforting qualities you want in classic chicken noodle soup but with the unexpected twist of cheesy, tender tortellini.

There’s sweet Vidalia onions, carrots, celery, thyme, oregano, and parsley to add texture and depth of flavor amidst all the juicy chicken and tortellini!

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup - An fun spin on classic chicken noodle soup using cheese tortellini!! Fast, easy, comfort food that just hits the spot! You'll make it over and over again!!

Chicken Tortellini Soup Ingredients

To make this quick and easy tortellini chicken noodle soup recipe, you’ll need the following: 

  • Olive oil
  • Vidalia onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery 
  • Garlic
  • Chicken broth
  • Cheese tortellini
  • Bay leaves
  • Fresh thyme
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shredded cooked chicken
  • Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • Lemon juice

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup - An fun spin on classic chicken noodle soup using cheese tortellini!! Fast, easy, comfort food that just hits the spot! You'll make it over and over again!!

How to Make Chicken Cheese Tortellini Soup

If you know how to chop up vegetables, then you can definitely handle this simple recipe. To make your life easier, buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, shred it up, and use the meat in this soup. Saves you the time of chopping up raw chicken!

Here’s an overview of the cooking process:

  1. Add the oil, onion, carrots, and celery to a stockpot and sauté until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute or two until fragrant. 
  3. Stir in the chicken broth, tortellini, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, and pepper and bring to a boil.
  4. Let the soup boil until tortellini are tender and cooked through.
  5. Add the pre-cooked chicken, parsley, and lemon juice, and continue boiling until the chicken is warmed through.
Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup - An fun spin on classic chicken noodle soup using cheese tortellini!! Fast, easy, comfort food that just hits the spot! You'll make it over and over again!!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Omit the Chicken? 

Yes, you can certainly omit the chicken and make a delicious vegetarian cheese tortellini soup instead. 

Can I Freeze Chicken Tortellini Soup? 

Yes, this chicken tortellini soup can be frozen for up to 6 months. Just note that the texture of the tortellini will change once frozen, so if possible I recommend freezing the base of the soup (i.e. the entire recipe minus the tortellini) and adding the cheese tortellini to the pot when reheating the soup.

What’s the best tortellini for using in soups?

I recommend using fresh tortellini for this recipe, which is stored in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store. I don’t care for the dried tortellini sold on the shelves, as it lacks flavor and doesn’t have a great texture in my opinion.

Can I make the tortellini chicken noodle soup with a different type of tortellini?

Of course! I used cheese tortellini, but you may use any kind of tortellini you like.

Can the tortellini be substituted?

The star of this cheese tortellini soup with chicken really is the tortellini, but you may of course replace it with another type of noodle or pasta. Use whatever you have on hand!

Chicken Tortellini Soup — This chicken tortellini soup has all the comforting qualities you want in classic chicken noodle soup but with the unexpected twist of cheesy tortellini.

Tips for Making Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken: To save time, use store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that you have on hand. Of course you can roast or pan sauté chicken, if you prefer.

Salt to taste: Make sure to salt your soup to taste. I use low-sodium chicken broth and add a bit of salt to my soup so I can control the overall salt level. The saltiness of the chicken broth, rotisserie chicken, and tortellini all vary, as do personal preferences, so salt to taste.

If your soup is too thick: If at any time while making the soup the overall liquid level is lower than you like and you prefer more broth, adding a cup or two of extra chicken broth or water is okay. 

What to Serve with Chicken and Tortellini Soup

Serve this hearty tortellini chicken soup with one or more of the following side dishes:

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Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup

By Averie Sunshine
This chicken tortellini soup has all the comforting qualities you want in classic chicken noodle soup but with the unexpected twist of cheesy tortellini.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5
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Ingredients  

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, peeled and diced small (about 1 large onion)
  • 1 ½ cups carrots, peeled and sliced into thin rounds (about 2 large carrots)
  • 1 cup celery, diced small (about 2 large stalks)
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 64 ounces 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 10 ounces cheese tortellini
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, use storebought rotisserie chicken to save time; or roast or cook your own chicken in a skillet
  • cup fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, stems discarded, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Instructions 

  • To a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add the oil, onion, carrots, celery, and sauté over medium-high head for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir intermittently.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, tortellini, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, pepper, and bring to a boil.
  • Allow mixture to boil gently for about 5 to 6 minutes or until tortellini are tender and cooked through. Stir intermittently. At any time while making the soup, if the overall liquid level is lower than you like and you prefer more broth, adding a cup or two of extra chicken broth or water is okay. At the end you will adjust the salt level.
  • Add the chicken, parsley, optional lemon juice (brightens up the flavor), and boil 1 to 2 minutes, or until chicken is warmed through.
  • Taste soup and add salt to taste. I added about 1 teaspoon but this will vary based on how salty the chicken broth, rotisserie chicken, and tortellini are, and personal preference. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, herbs, etc.), remove the bay leaves, and serve immediately.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 627kcal, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 43g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 138mg, Sodium: 12581mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 21g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. My new surgical Stainless Steel With A Life Time gar. arrived Today ! Been feeling awful, lost voice & wanted something better then chix noodle soup.
    Googled for Chix Tortelli. Among many, chose yours as only 30 Min AND Lowest calories. Didn’t hurt it looked yummy! And it was.
    Now I Need to bookmark as I seen blueberry bars made with greek yogurt! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us!

  2. Finally made this. It took me awhile to remember to buy tortellini. Definitely a hit! Good with your quick-and-easy breadstick recipe …

    1. You and the breadsticks! You’re the only person who reminds me of that recipe of mine :) So thank you!

      And glad this was a hit and that you remembered tortellini!

  3. I’ve never imagined tortellinis being a soup ingredient. I like the idea though (pictures look good too). I’ll give it a try.

  4. I love that this is made in only 30 minutes! I’m sure the tortelli noodles make the best addition ever! I just wish I had a big bowl right now!

  5. Great idea to add tortellini to the soup. I don’t often make chicken noodle because it doesn’t seem hearty enough to me–but this would!

  6. I’m going to make this next weekend with leftover turkey. Thanks for the recipe! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. DELICOUS!!! Easy soups that we can have leftovers of is perfect! The tortellini you added in just makes it that much more filling of a soup and has me over here droooooooooling!

  8. Yum–this looks hearty and delicious ( with more food than broth)! It’s soup weather here so this is on my to- make list in the coming weeks. We had our first few inches of snow and it stuck?

  9. Mmm.. tortellini! Only saying this word makes my mouth water. At this time of year this is just the perfect soup to have. Yours look so delicious!