Thermos Tomato Tortellini Soup

This creamy tomato tortellini soup is a quick and easy meal you can make for dinner or pack for a hot thermos lunch! 


  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage, optional.
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto, optional
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 9-ounce package cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, brown sausage over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped red pepper and sauté till tender. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Drain any additional grease from the sausage.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes with liquid, basil pesto, broth, half and half, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir in tortellini and parmesan cheese.
  6. Continue to simmer until cheese is melted and tortellini is cooked.
  7. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  8. Serve with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  9. To pack for lunch, reheat a portion of soup in the microwave or on the stove-top until it’s 212F or 100C. 
  10. Meanwhile, preheat a thermos container with boiling water. 
  11. Drain the hot water and transfer the soup into the thermos. Top with lid and seal. 



 Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 


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