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Instant Pot Tortellini Soup

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This Instant Pot Tortellini Soup is packed with Italian sausage, tortellini, and veggies, and it is a deliciously easy and quick weeknight meal that can be on your table in just 30 minutes.

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Tortellini soup with sausage is a rustic, hearty, and tasty soup that is also low-cost and easy to make. This Instant Pot recipe is perfect for families. It includes fresh or frozen tortellini, ground pork or chicken sausage, and seasonings.

All of this simmers together in a savory tomato broth, making it an easy one pot meal that’s ready in just 30 minutes!

Why We Love This Easy Instant Pot Recipe

As you know, I am a big fan of one pot, one skillet, sheet pan, and one pan dinners of different kinds. Above all, though, I absolutely love to use my pressure cooker for easy weeknight meals.

I prefer using an Instant Pot over a one-skillet recipe for quick and easy dinners. Why? Meals in the Instant Pot usually need less hands-on and overall cooking time. So they’re the best versions of one of the best kinds of recipes!

Like my favorite Instant Pot ravioli lasagna and lasagna soup, this tortellini soup tastes like it was made from scratch. But, it only takes around 30 minutes to prepare.

Just brown Italian sausage and aromatics in a pot to make this dish. Then add your choice of fresh or frozen tortellini and zesty diced tomatoes. Lock the pot and set the timer, and you’re done!

Before the family can ask you when dinner is, they’ll be greeted by the smell of delicious sausage and cheese tortellini soup.

If you love fast 30-minute Instant Pot recipes, try our easy lasagna, acorn squash soup, salsa verde chicken, chicken tenders, and calico beans.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Tortellini Soup

  • Ground Italian sausage – your choice of ground pork, beef, or ground chicken sausage
  • Yellow onion – peeled and diced, for a sweet but still pungent flavor
  • Chicken broth – or chicken stock plus water
  • Water – I suggest using hot water to help the Instant Pot heat up faster
  • Tortellini – fresh or frozen *see notes
  • Seasonings – bay leaves, Italian seasoning, and salt

Note: To cook frozen tortellini, add 1 minute to the pressure cooking time for a total of 2 minutes.

Instant Pot tortellini and Italian chicken sausage soup ingredients: Ground chicken or pork sausage, diced canned tomatoes, chicken broth, gluten free fresh or frozen tortellini, and spices.

Equipment Used for this Instant Pot Soup

You can make this Instant Pot Italian sausage soup in these popular brands of pressure cookers: Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, Crockpot ExpressCuisinart Pressure CookerGoWISE USA, and Chef IQ.

45 minute timer set on the pressure cooker Instant Pot.

New to Instant Pot cooking? Read How to Use the Instant Pot 101 first! And, then Tips & Hacks for the Instant Pot is terrific for new owners and seasoned IP-ers alike!

How to Make the Tortellini Soup in Instant Pot

Sauté. Set the pressure cooker to “sauté” and prepare your ingredients while it heats up.

chopped onions, garlic and basil leaf on top of a black chopping board with a knife.

Add the sausage and onion, breaking up the ground sausage. Stir often until sausage is cooked through and onion is soft for about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

Ground chicken or pork Italian sausage browning in the Instant Pot.

Mix in the Ingredients. Stir in tomatoes, broth, water, seasonings, and fresh tortellini pasta. Gently stir everything together. Do not fill the instant pot past the “maximum” line.

Tortellini and diced tomatoes added to the pressure cooker.

Pressure cook. Secure the lid of the Instant pot and seal the pressure valve. Then set the pressure cooker to “high pressure” and set the timer for 1 minute.

When the pressure cooking is done, twist or press the steam valve to let the pressure out.

cooked Tortellini Soup inside the pressure cooker.

Ready to serve. After the pressure pin has dropped, carefully open the Instant Pot.

Remove the bay leaves. Dish out soup, and feel free to top it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Recipe variations

  • Instant Pot chicken tortellini soup – if you don’t want to use ground sausage or meat, you can replace it with ground chicken to make this Instant Pot chicken tortellini soup.
  • Instant Pot vegetarian tortellini soup – skip the sausage and use vegetable broth to make this Instant Pot tortellini soup vegetarian. To make this a vegan recipe, you can also use your choice of plant-based option for the cheese tortellini.
  • Instant Pot tortellini soup with cream cheese – for a creamy tortellini soup, stir in 4 ounces of cream cheese after pressure cooking and stir until melted.
  • Instant Pot vegetable tortellini soup – swap 1 cup of chopped zucchini for ground sausage, beef, or chicken.

How to Serve Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

I love to serve this Instant Pot sausage tortellini soup with a salad and bread. If you want a more filling meal, you could add some brown rice or quinoa to your soup.

My favorite bread is garlic sourdough bread or rosemary garlic rolls. It soaks up all that broth and pairs well with the savory flavors of the soup.

a bowl of Instant Pot Tortellini Soup.

How to Store

Instant pot Italian sausage soup is a great dish to make ahead of time and you can store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.

You can easily reheat your food in the microwave. Just put it in for 30 seconds and it will be warm. You can also reheat it on the stovetop if you want, but make sure it’s on low heat.

Cooked tortellini in Instant Pot does not freeze well and is not good to be frozen and reheated.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you cook frozen tortellini in an Instant pot?

To cook frozen tortellini in Instant Pot, add 1 minute to the pressure cooking time for a total of 2 minutes.

Does tortellini get soggy in soup?

If you cook the pasta correctly, it will not get soggy. My easy to follow steps will ensure that your pasta is perfectly tender every time!

What vegetables are in tortellini soup?

You can add other veggies like spinach or kale to this recipe! Stir them in after you release the pressure and remove the bay leaf. When they have wilted, the soup is ready to serve.

How do you make this a vegetarian Instant Pot tortellini soup recipe?

Skip the sausage or use your favorite plant-based ground meat option. Use veggie broth in place of chicken broth and you’ve got a tasty vegetarian soup!

Can you make creamy tortellini and sausage soup?

Adding 4 oz. of cubed cream cheese to the soup after the pressure has been released will make it even more delicious!

Pro Tip: If you’re starting to make this recipe, set out the cream cheese to soften. Softened cream cheese is much easier to melt.

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Instant Pot Tortellini Soup

This Instant Pot Tortellini Soup is a quick and easy pressure cooker meal. Everything cooks right in one pot, even the fresh or frozen tortellini. Use gluten-free tortellini for a gluten-free pasta soup.
Course Soup, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, American
Keyword Soup, Pasta, Main Course, Dinner, One Pot Meal, Easy Dinner, 30 minute meals, Instant Pot, instant pot soup, pasta dinner, instant pot recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
time to pressure up pot and pressure release 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 323kcal

Equipment

  • Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces ground Italian sausage, ground chicken, or ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 cups water (using hot water helps the Instant Pot heat up faster)
  • 1 package (9-12 ounces) tortellini, fresh or frozen* *see notes for frozen
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt

optional garnishes

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded or shaved
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Set the pressure cooker to “sauté” and prepare your ingredients while it heats up. Add the sausage and onion, breaking up the ground sausage. Stir frequently until sausage is cooked through and onion is soft (about 5 minutes). Add minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomatoes, broth, water, seasonings, and tortellini pasta. Gently stir together. Do not fill the instant pot past the “max” line.
  • Secure the lid of the Instant pot and seal the pressure valve. Set the pressure cooker to “high pressure” and set the time for 1 minute
  • Once the pressure cooking is done, perform a quick release by twisting or pressing the steam valve to “vent” the pot (release the pressure).
  • After the pressure pin drops and it is safe to open, carefully open the Instant Pot. Remove the bay leaves. Dish out tortellini soup, and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Notes

*To cook frozen tortellini, add 1 minute to the pressure cooking time for a total of 2 minutes.
** Nutritional facts based on using Italian Sausage. 1 serving = 1.5  cups of soup

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cups | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 1649mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg

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