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Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup (with Slow Cooker Option)

Chicken Tortellini Soup is a hearty soup that will warm you up on a cold winter day. Loaded with lots of fresh vegetables, tender chicken and cheesy tortellini, it is a meal in a bowl! Tomatoes and herbs add an Italian twist that the whole family will love.

A pot full of chicken tortellini soup made with tomatoes.

This delicious soup is a perfect cold weather meal that is sure to become a family favorite. Lentils and Rice is another hearty satisfying soup that we love to make all winter long.

Chicken Tortellini soup is easy to make and customize, so you can satisfy even the pickiest eater in the house. With plenty of vegetables and juicy chicken it is loaded with lots of flavor. The cheese filled tortellini, make this a truly great soup that is fun to eat!

Why You Will Love Homemade Chicken Tortellini Soup

  • This chicken soup starts by searing skinless chicken thighs until they are golden brown, to create a beautiful fond. This adds an additional layer of flavor that you don’t get from simply adding raw chicken to broth or stock.
  • Chicken thighs are tender, flavorful and budget friendly.
  • This recipe uses simple ingredients that create deep, rich flavors.
  • The aroma of the simmering soup will lure everyone to the table!
All of the ingredients needed to make chicken soup with labels on each item.

Ingredients And Substitutions

  • Chicken Thighs: I prefer to use skinless, bone-in thighs to garner the most flavor and because they tend to be more tender then white meat. I also like that chicken thighs are a fairly lean protein.
  • Carrot, Onion and Celery: Dice the vegetables so that they are about the same size and will cook evenly.
  • Italian Seasoning: The dried Italian blend is easy to find in local grocery stores.
  • Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth: Store bought or homemade chicken stock can be used.
  • Chicken Bouillon: This adds great flavor to the soup, but it can be left out if you don’t have it.
  • Canned Tomatoes: Use whole canned tomatoes in puree or juice, and crush them by hand. This adds to the Italian flavors and provides texture to the soup. To add a little smoky flavor to your soup you can use Fire Roasted Tomatoes in place of regular canned tomatoes.
  • Cheese Tortellini: You can use frozen or fresh tortellini.
4 photos showing browning chicken, sauteing vegetables, cut up chicken and completed tortellini soup.

How To Make Comforting Chicken Tortellini Soup

  1. Brown the chicken: Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then sear it until it is golden brown on both sides. Place it on a plate and set it aside.
  2. Sauté the vegetables: Add the onions, carrots and celery to the pan. Mix in the Italian seasonings, slat and pepper and cook until the onion is tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Cook the soup: Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, and bouillon to the pan, then return the chicken and juices to the pan. Cook over medium heat until it comes to boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Cut up the chicken: Remove the cooked chicken from the soup and allow it to cool for a few minutes so that it is easy to handle. Remove the chicken from the bone and chop it into bite size pieces, then return the meat to the soup.
  5. Cook the Tortellini: In a separate pan bring water to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook for 3-5 minutes or until they float to the top of the water. Drain the tortellini and add then to the soup.

Slow Cooker Option

  1. To get the same flavor that you would in the stove top method, go ahead and brown the chicken in a skillet. If you don’t have time you can skip this step.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the crockpot and add the carrots, onion and celery and mix well.
  3. Add the chicken and the remaining ingredients, except the tortellini, to the slow cooker and set it to low heat for 6 hours.
  4. Follow steps 4 and 5 above.
A white bowl with a tomato and chicken with tortellini soup in front of a pot of a red pot of soup.

Cooking Tips

  • To get the chicken nicely browned, work in batches and don’t overcrowd the pan or the chicken will steam rather then brown.
  • Cook the Tortellini separately and add it to the soup when you are serving it, rather then cooking it in the soup. The longer the pasta sits in the soup the more liquid it will absorb and you will end up with really big tortellini that are much too soft.

Recipe Variations

This chicken tortellini soup recipe is very easy to adapt to suit your tastes.

  • If you don’t have time or if you have leftover chicken, go ahead and use that in place of starting with raw chicken. Rotisserie chicken is also a great alternative.
  • Add other vegetables and make it really hearty. Green beans, fresh spinach, corn or peas are great options.
  • Want it spicy? Add red pepper flakes to the onions, carrots and celery when you sauté the vegetables.
  • If you want a creamy chicken tortellini soup, stir in a cup of heavy cream at the very end.
  • For added flavor drop a parmesan cheese rind in the soup during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

What Can You Serve With Chicken Tortellini Soup?

If you are looking for something to serve with this hearty soup, a salad and a nice loaf of bread would be delicious. You might want to try my homemade bread or focaccia.

A bowl of a tomato chicken soup with tortellini.

Storing Leftover Tortellini Soup

Leftover chicken tortellini soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days if sealed in an airtight container. To freeze the soup place it in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 2 months. I would recommend storing the tortellini separate from the soup to keep it from absorbing too much of the liquid.

Equipment that you will need

Cutting boards: I suggest that you have two cutting boards; one for preparing the raw chicken and one for cutting your vegetables. This way there is no chance of cross contamination.

Large Dutch Oven or a Sauce Pan: A 4-5 quart capacity pot will be large enough to hold the soup comfortably.

FAQ’s

Should I rinse the tortellini after cooking it?

No you should not rinse pasta after cooking it. Rinsing it removes the starches that helps sauces adhere to it. The only time that I would recommend rinsing the tortellini is if you are using it in a cold pasta salad.

Should I thaw frozen tortellini before cooking it?

No, you should add the frozen tortellini directly to the boiling water. Like fresh pasta, the frozen tortellini will float up to the top when they are done.

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A pot of chicken tortellini soup with a ladle in the pan.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken Tortellini Soup is so loaded with chicken, vegetables and tortellini that it is a meal in a bowl. Tortellini, pieces of tender chicken and a medley of diced vegetables create a soup that is so hearty and satisfying that it is sure to fill you up!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 589 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Sauce Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • lbs Chicken Thighs skinless, bone in, about 8 thighs
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper ground
  • cups Onion diced
  • cups Celery diced
  • cups Carrots diced
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 8 cups Chicken Stock or broth
  • 1 tbsp Chicken bouillon 1 cube
  • cups Tomatoes canned and crushed by hand with juice or puree
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper ground
  • 1 lb Tortellini frozen or fresh

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan. Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. Working in batches, brown the chicken on both sides. About 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, carrots and celery to the pan. Stir in the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Sauté the vegetables until the onion is tender, about 2-3 minutes. Stir often and scrape up any of the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the chicken stock, tomatoes and bouillon to the pan. Return the chicken and any juices to the soup. Bring the soup to a boil then lower the heat to medium low and allow the soup to cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and allow to cool enough so that you can handle it with burning yourself. Then remove the meat from the bones and shred or cut it into bite size pieces. Then return the chicken to the pan.
  • Bring the soup to a boil once again, then stir in the tortellini and cook until they float up to the top of the soup. Follow the cooking instructions for the tortellini. This may take 3-5 minutes. Salt and pepper the soup to taste and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 8servingsCalories: 589kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 35gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 1305mgPotassium: 744mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 4438IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cheese Tortellini, chicken, carrot, onion, celery, tomato, hearty, comforting, satisfying
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