Take-out Tuesday, Spinach, Sausage & Tomato Tortellini Soup with Panini Toasts

Soup season has officially begun

and I’m sharing a wonderful soup to kick things off!

This irresistible soup can be made on the stove top,

in the instant pot, or in a slow cooker

This beautiful presentation is brought to you by my son, the “Chef”

When he is creating in the kitchen

I love to follow him around with my camera so I can share his recipes

He made cheesy tomato panini toasts for dipping

that are swoonworthy!

He made this soup in our Instant Pot

and started by browning the sausage with the saute function

Once the sausage is browned,

push it to the side and use a paper towel

to soak up excess grease

{be careful not to burn your hand}

Turn the instant pot to slow cook mode

Add tomato soup, chicken broth and diced tomatoes

Cover and set the pot to cook for 6-8 hours

About 30 minutes before you want to eat, add the cream cheese

Stir to get it to start melting

Then stir in the spinach and add the uncooked tortellini*

He used refrigerated tortellini

{if you want to use dry tortellini you will need to boil it first

or try adding it earlier, but I haven’t done that so not sure}

Put the lid back on and cook for 30 more minutes

Put soup in bowls, top with Parmesan

and add Cheesy Tomato Panini Toasts for dipping

This recipe is adapted from Plain Chicken

Spinach, Sausage & Tomato Tortellini Soup

This soup is super easy to make and can be made on the stove top, in an instant pot or slow cooker. The stove top method can be found in the notes section at the bottom of this recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Course Instant Pot, Main Course, slow cooker
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • dutch oven, slow cooker or instant pot


  • 1 lb breakfast sausage or Italian sausage*
  • 1 32-oz container chicken broth
  • 1 28-oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 10.5-oz cans tomato soup
  • 2 8-oz containers chive and onion cream cheese spread, softened
  • 1 20-oz package refrigerated cheese tortellini, uncooked
  • 1/2 bag fresh baby spinach
  • grated Parmesan cheese


  • In an instant pot on saute mode, or in a skillet on medium, cook sausage until browned, breaking up into small pieces. Drain excess grease. Transfer cooked sausage to slow cooker or turn instant pot to slow cook mode
  • Add chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato soup to pot. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours.
  • Thirty minutes before serving stir in cream cheese and stir. Add spinach and stir then add cheese tortellini. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15 to 30 minutes, until tortellini is cooked.
  • Serve soup in bowls and garnish with Parmesan and Cheesy Tomato Panini for dipping


If cooking stove top, brown sausage in a dutch oven or large pot. Drain excess grease. Add tomato soup, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Stir well. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add cream cheese to the soup and whisk to incorporate. Add uncooked cheese tortellini pasta and cook until the pasta is tender.
*Omit sausage if you want a meatless soup
Keyword easy tomato soup, instant pot soup, slow cooker soup, spinach, sausage and tomato tortellini soup, tomato tortellini soup

Cheesy Tomato Panini Toasts

fingers of grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches that are perfect for soup dipping or served with salads
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 toasts


  • panini press or skillet


  • 4 slices sturdy bread such as rye or sour dough
  • 2 oz. grated cheddar or cheddar slices
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • butter


  • Butter one side of bread slices
  • Put halved tomatoes on unbuttered side of 2 bread slices
  • Top with cheese and cover with remaining bread slices buttered side up
  • Place in panini press or in a skillet and cook until cheese melts and bread is toasted, on both sides. Time will vary according to bread type and method
  • Cut sandwiches into fingers to serve
Keyword easy grilled cheese sandwich, grilled cheese and tomato sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich, grilled tomato panini, panini toasts, soup dippers


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29 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Spinach, Sausage & Tomato Tortellini Soup with Panini Toasts”
  1. Mary says:

    Sounds so satisfying, especially with the panini toasts Jenna! I’m ready for soup weather. 🙂

  2. I love soup Jenna so this recipe will be pinned. You are so luck to have a “chef’ in the house who’s a lot like you being creative in the kitchen. This soup sounds like just the right choice for a football weekend! Happy fall……..

  3. Bernadette says:

    This looks fabulous, Jenna. I especially like the panini toasts.

  4. I can see there’s quite a bit of cheese there…must be very yummy!

  5. My family loves soup! What a good chef you have to create such a cozy feast!

  6. I’m in a soup mode these days. These look terrific. I love cheese!

  7. Great job to your son! I bet the house smelled wonderful!

  8. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this soup looks scrumptious! I love a good soup, and I am so ready for soup weather. Happy Tuesday!

  9. lghiggins says:

    It is currently soup weather in northern NM, so this dish looks perfect. I’m glad you included the panini recipe as they certainly look good together!

  10. Pam says:

    Jenna, this soup looks delicious. Kudos to the Chef! I am ready for soups and cooler weather. This morning was perfect!

  11. Jenna, as usual, this soup looks positively delish. I can’t wait until it gets cold enough in Texas to eat it!

  12. This looks so good – and you always post such wonderful recipes!

  13. Looks like a very satisfying soup Jenna. The weather is changing so I am wanting some soup. Happy weekend.

  14. Easy and delicious, it doesn’t get much better than that.

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