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Easy Instant Pot Tortellini Soup Recipe

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Instant Pot Tortellini Soup is a quick and easy hearty tortellini soup that is bursting with flavors. Savory sausage, cheese tortellini, vegetables all in a savory and tomato-based broth. This tortellini soup instant pot version is the best.

tortellini soup in white bowl with instant pot behind it

If you are looking for more comfort foods, I got you covered. Try my Zuppa Toscana soup, loaded potato soup, or even this Philly ground beef and rice.

Instant Pot Tortellini Soup

Sasuage tortellini soup is one recipe I love to toss into our rotation when the weather gets cold. There is nothing more comforting than a cheese tortellini soup. Am I right?

Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

How to Make Instant Pot Tortellini Soup

Full ingredients list and recipe card is at the bottom of the post!

sausage, carrots, and onions cooking in Instant Pot

Step 1: Start by turning your Instant Pot to saute. Then add in your sausage once the pot is hot. Cook until the sausage (try this meat chopper) is browned and fully cooked. You will add in your carrots and onions as it cooks as well to help soften them up.

Step 2: You will now turn the saute feature off and remove any excess grease from the sausage. Just be cautious as pot is really hot. Once done, add in your garlic and stir.

Step 3: Add in your chicken broth and then use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of your pot. It is important or you will run the risk of getting a burn notice if food is stuck on the bottom.

process image of cheese tortellini soup

Step 4: Now toss in your Italian seasoning, cheese tortellini, and salt and pepper. Then place your tomato paste on top. DO NOT STIR.

Just make sure all the pasta is submerged in liquid.

kale in soup in instant pot

Step 5: Seal and pressure cook on high/manual for 4 minutes. Followed by a quick release. Now turn on the saute mode, and pour in your heavy cream and diced kale.

Mix until kale is wilted to your preference! Then ladle up and serve your incredible cheesy sausage soup.

instant pot sausage tortellini soup

How to Thicken Tortellini Sausage Soup in Instant Pot

Want a thicker consistency? Turn the Instant Pot to saute, and then in a small bowl add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water.

Pour into the pressure cooker and then stir until the tortellini soup becomes ultra-creamy. This is optional!

fresh tortellini soup

What Is The Best Tortellini To Use

When you go to make this Instant Pot sausage tortellini soup, you have options. From frozen tortellini to going to your refrigerator section at the store for fresh tortellini.

You can even buy dried tortellini if you prefer. I personally love fresh tortellini as it offers the best flavor for us. I buy the Rana brand the cheese one. But feel free to buy what works best for you!

What Does It Mean To Quick Release Pressure

If you are new to the Instant Pot, welcome! To quick release means once your timer is up on cooking, you will use a wooden spoon to push down or twist the valve on top of the Instant Pot.

This will release all the pressure that is built up in your pressure cooker. A lot of steam will spray out. This is normal and once the silver pin drops, you can safely open the lid.

Natural release means you let the screen show L and then a timer will begin. If you do a 10 minute natural release you would then wait for it to say L010. Then you would release any pressure left with a spoon, and then once pin drops open your lid.

Could I Use Ground Beef Instead Of Sausage

If you don’t have or care for sausage go ahead and cook up some ground beef. It will not be as flavorful, but it can be swapped. You can also do chicken diced up if you prefer.

Just make sure to cook up your chicken fully or use pre-shredded chicken.

I hope you guys love this cheese tortellini soup!

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Can I Swap Kale Out In This Recipe

Feel free to use fresh spinach leaves, or leave the greens out altogether if you are not a fan! I love the color it adds and flavor but it doesn’t have to be used in the recipe.

tortellini soup in a bowl

Instant Pot Tortellini Soup

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

Instant Pot Tortellini Soup is an easy and savory cheese tortellini soup. Sausage, cheese tortellini, veggies, kale and more come together! This is my favorite Instant Pot soup recipe that will blow your mind. You can make a thin or thick sauce as well! Plus I share slow cooker instructions as well.


  • 1 pound ground pork sausage (I used 16 ounces)
  • 1 cup carrots, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cups chicken broth (can sub vegetable broth)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 package cheese tortellini (12 ounces)
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  1. Start by turning your Instant Pot to saute. Then once the pot is hot add in your ground sausage, carrots and onions. You will cook until the sausage is fully cooked, crumbled and browned. Drain off excess grease when done.
  2. Now turn off the saute feature, and stir in your garlic. Stir for just a few seconds. You want it to become fragrant.
  3. Pour in the chicken stock, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot. You need to lift up any stuck on food, as this can give you a burn notice.
  4. Now you will add in your Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper, tortellini, and push the tortellini into the stock so it is all covered. Add in your tomato paste, DO NOT STIR.
  5. Place your lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure your valve is sealed on lid. Select high pressure/manual for 4 minutes. Followed by a quick release.
  6. Open the lid and pour in your heavy cream and kale. Stir until the kale wilts to the texture you want.
  7. Now you can mix the cornstarch and cold water together and stir into soup to help it thicken up if you want a thicker broth. If not you can skip this part.
  8. Serve your sausage tortellini soup with parmesan cheese on top!


Slow Cooker Directions

Step 1: Cook your sausage, carrots, and onions in a skillet on the stove on medium heat. You will cook until fully cooked. Once done pour into your slow cooker. Remove excess grease.

Step 2: Add in your chicken stock, Italian Seasoning, Garlic, tomato paste, and cook on low for 6 hours.

Step 3: Then pour in your tortellini, and heavy cream. Stir and cook for another 15-30 minutes or until the tortellini is cooked. 7 minutes before you are ready to serve, toss in kale and let it wilt down.

Stove Top Directions

Step 1: You will saute your sausage, carrots, and onions just as the other versions on the stovetop in a heavy-duty pot. Once fully cooked stir in the garlic and mix until fragrant.

Step 2: Drain off excess grease and then pour in broth Italian seasoning and bring to a boil. Once it reaches the boiling stage, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: Now stir in your heavy cream, diced kale, and tortellini and mix well and cook on simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Step 4: If you want to thicken make the cornstarch slurry and turn heat up to medium and stir it in, and mix until thickens.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1021mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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