Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Light and cozy Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup, a lighter version of a beloved classic comfort dish!

Light and Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe. A cozy blend of chicken, vegetables, spice, cheese, and tortellini in a thin creamy broth. Lightened-up! #ASpicyPerspective #chicken #soup #healthy
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Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe

Today’s Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup is a health-ified version of a heavier cream-based soup.

I haven’t removed the essential elements that make it special such as tender chicken, hearty cheese tortellini, and even a little cream. I’ve just reduced certain ingredients, so you can feel good about serving this Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup to your family.

And maybe even having seconds.

Light and Creamy Tortellini Soup Recipe. A cozy blend of chicken, vegetables, spice, cheese, and tortellini in a thin creamy broth. Lightened-up! #ASpicyPerspective #chicken #soup #healthy

Make this Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup to warm up this fall!

We are deep into our fall routine.


The kids have settled in school. We are outside as often as possible, enjoying the crisp fall weather and turning leaves. We hike. We wear hoodies. We pick apples. We start the occasional fire in the fire pit. And we make soup.

There is nothing, nothing, as comforting as walking into the house after a long day to the wafting aroma of chicken tortellini soup.

My family deserves that at least once a week, in my opinion. Pure cozy goodness to relax the mind and sooth the soul.

Light and Creamy Chicken Soup Recipe. A cozy blend of chicken, vegetables, spice, cheese, and tortellini in a thin creamy broth. Lightened-up! #ASpicyPerspective #chicken #soup #healthy

Creamy Tortellini Soup

I used plenty of fresh veggies and herbs, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and DeLallo Three Cheese Tortellini found in the dried pasta section of your grocery store.

I am partial to DeLallo products because they take such care in making sure they import and produce the very best Italian foods in the country.

DeLallo Tortellini

Starting from humble beginnings, selling Italian imports from the back of a truck, this family business has grown into the true American dream. The grandchildren now carry on mom and dad’s vision with a DeLallo Store in Jeanette, Pennsylvania and DeLallo products sold in supermarkets from coast to coast.

I just love that!

How to make Tortellini Soup Recipe. A cozy blend of chicken, vegetables, spice, cheese, and tortellini in a thin creamy broth. Lightened-up! #ASpicyPerspective #chicken #soup #healthy

Light and Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe. A cozy blend of chicken, vegetables, spice, cheese, and tortellini in a thin creamy broth. Lightened-up! #ASpicyPerspective #chicken #soup #healthy

I stay stocked up on DeLallo olives, olive oil, pasta, and tomatoes. This dried tortellini is a marvelous pantry item, because it allows to you to keep rich luxurious tortellini on hand all the time.

Adding it to this Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup gives it the extra something that makes it a true fall favorite.

Healthy Chicken Soup Recipe. A cozy blend of chicken, vegetables, spice, cheese, and tortellini in a thin creamy broth. Lightened-up! #ASpicyPerspective #chicken #soup #healthy

This Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup is quick and easy to make, yet offers so much wow-factor, your family will ask for it again and again!

Light and Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe. A cozy blend of chicken, vegetables, spice, cheese, and tortellini in a thin creamy broth. Lightened-up! #ASpicyPerspective #chicken #soup #healthy

Want to find out more about DeLallo Foods?

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DeLallo Foods. All Italian-loving opinions are my own.

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Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup |
4.89 from 43 votes

Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
32 mins
Total Time
42 mins
Light and Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe. A cozy blend of chicken, vegetables, spice, cheese, and tortellini in a thin creamy broth. Lightened-up!
Servings: 6 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 1441mg 60%
Potassium 908mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 170.8%
Vitamin C 72.5%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 9.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 tablespoon, extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, 2 large breasts
  • 9 cups chicken broth
  • 8.8 ounce package, DeLallo Three-Cheese Tortellini Pasta
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons packed frozen spinach 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil and chopped onions. Saute for 3 minutes to soften. Then add the chopped bell pepper, carrots, and garlic. Saute another 3 minutes.
  2. Add whole raw chicken breasts, chicken broth, dried thyme, crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper to the pot. Bring to a simmer. Lower the heat a little and simmer 15 minutes, until the chicken in cooked through. Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board.

  3. Turn the heat back to medium. With the broth still simmering, stir in the DeLallo Three Cheese Tortellini. Stir well so it doesn't stick together. Then chop or shred the chicken and place back in the soup.
  4. Once the tortellini is cooked through, about 10-14 minutes, turn off the heat. Stir in 1/4 cup heavy cream, spinach, and parsley. Add a little more cream if desired. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

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104 comments on “Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

  1. Mike Hultquistposted October 19, 2016 at 8:44 am Reply

    This looks great, Sommer. Nice and creamy. Looking forward to trying it! Thanks for keeping it spicy. =)

  2. Jenny Flakeposted October 19, 2016 at 8:51 am Reply

    My kids love soup night, this looks fantastic!

  3. Maria Lichtyposted October 19, 2016 at 9:43 am Reply

    Perfect weather for soup!

  4. Marla Meridithposted October 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Such a tempting soup!

  5. Heather Christoposted October 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm Reply

    What great comfort food!

  6. Emily @ Life on Foodposted October 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm Reply

    This looks so good. I am a huge fan of soup. Once it is cold I could eat it every day. And just about do. Adding this recipe to the list.

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  8. Jordan @ Read and Eatposted October 20, 2016 at 7:11 am Reply

    This might seem kind of weird, but I’ve kind of only recently discovered how good tortellini is, so I’m excited to give this recipe a try!

  9. Mary pandremmenouposted October 20, 2016 at 10:47 am Reply

    Tortellini, chicken and soup…all in one dish…this will probably make my kid taste soups!!!! Marvellous!

  10. Gaby Dalkinposted October 20, 2016 at 5:03 pm Reply

    The flavor combo in this dish sounds amazing!!

  11. Reta Myersposted November 5, 2016 at 9:08 am Reply

    I’m excited to try this recipe. It sounds so delish!

  12. Sudha Steinposted November 12, 2016 at 9:38 am Reply

    I made this soup last night, delicious!!!!  A slight variation, used Italian sausage instead of chicken, but with chicken stock & added a spoonful of Lemon pickle to spice it up a bit. Perfect for my taste buds. Thank you

  13. Anne Hurrle-Kazekposted December 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm Reply

    9 cups of chicken broth?!? I am going to try this recipe tonight…just wanted to double check on amount of chicken broth…thanks!

    • Sommerposted December 6, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply

      Hi Anne,

      Yes, 9 cups. How did it turn out? :)

  14. Maureenposted December 11, 2016 at 10:24 am Reply

    I need to feed 5 people of which 4 are boys .

    This recipe says it yields 6 servings . Is this pretty accurate ? If so I would need to double receipe.

    Thank you 

  15. Kristiposted December 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Honwant to make this ahead for a party.  Would this be ok to keep in a crockpot or will noodles get funky??

    • Sommerposted December 15, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply

      Hi Kristi!

      If you plan to make the soup a day or two ahead, I would make the soup base, but not add the pasta until the day of the party. Then bring it to a boil before your guests arrive, and simmer as directed. You can put it in a crockpot to keep it warm after that. :)

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  17. Richelleposted December 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm Reply

    This soup is delicious!  I’ve made it twice and we love it!!

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  19. BAposted January 4, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply

    How does this soup freeze? Thanks!

    • Sommerposted January 9, 2017 at 9:19 am Reply

      Hi Brandi,

      Yes, however I would freeze it right away so the tortellini doesn’t absorb too much of the broth and turn soggy.

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  23. Sarahposted January 22, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply

    Could this be made in a crockpot ? 

  24. Michelleposted February 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm Reply

    The soup is awesome I added extra veggies and diced the chicken before I cooked it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Sherry Claridaposted March 13, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

    I would like the recipe for Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup. Thank You

  26. Kristin Avrilposted March 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm Reply

    I made this EXACTLY as written with one minor exception: I left out the crushed red pepper since I didn’t have any. Everything else was the same, and it was soooooo delicious! I love soup, and this really hit the spot. I will say that because of the tortellini, it was incredibly filling, so plan to eat less than you normally would with soup. I made a small bowl and still ended up not finishing it because it was so filling. Brava!

  27. Michelleposted April 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm Reply

    It was so good! Definitely be making again, its been a great meal in our unfortunately sick house!

  28. Bethposted May 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Made this Sunday for lunches this week and its amazing!!! Looking like I will have a lot leftover. Do you think it will freeze well, or should I try to use up the leftovers quickly.

    • Sommerposted May 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply

      Hi Beth!

      Tortellini doesn’t usually freeze very well, but you could give it a try. If you do, let me know how it thaws out! :)

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  30. Thelma Richardsposted June 28, 2017 at 11:05 pm Reply

    Tried this soup yesterday and we LOVED it. Can’t wait to make it again

  31. Laurenposted July 10, 2017 at 10:38 pm Reply

    It’s okay to add the raw chicken to the soup to cook? 

    • Sommerposted July 11, 2017 at 3:13 am Reply

      Hi Lauren,

      Absolutely! The chicken cooks in the soup while it’s simmering. :)

  32. carolposted July 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

    Have a grandson with dairy allergy. Wondering if this fantastic looking soup would work with other than cheese tortellini ? Any suggestions for an alternative? Thanks

  33. Micheleposted August 13, 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply

    Great recipe. We skipped the bell pepper since my daughter hates them, used the fresh spinach option and probably put more cream than strictly necessary. Very tasty and everyone in the family thinks it is a keeper. Thanks!

  34. Wendyposted September 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Out of this world delicious!! My kids and hubby raved.
    I thickened it just a tad by whisking flour into my chicken stock. So good!

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  36. Carlieposted September 15, 2017 at 11:36 pm Reply

    This looks delicious, can’t wait to make this. Thank you for sharing . By any chance do you know how long this will keep?

    • Sommerposted September 16, 2017 at 10:49 am Reply

      Hi Carlie,

      Soups usually last about a week in the refrigerator. However, the pasta will absorb the broth and break up after the first 3-4 days.

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  39. Rochelleposted October 2, 2017 at 11:48 am Reply

    This recipe turned out perfectly and was delicious!! Destined to become a family favorite!

  40. Nancy H.posted October 2, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply

    This is the MOST delicious thing I have made in a long time. I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter. Didn’t really measure. Eyeballed the seasonings and used chicken and  mozzarella  tortellini rather than three cheese, and three chicken breasts not two. Adding the cream is where the magic happens. It’s not thick, but there is a creamy consistency  to it. Absolutely fantastic!!!!!

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  42. Becky S.posted October 8, 2017 at 7:41 pm Reply

    This is our favorite go to soup! So easy and so yummy! My picky toddler loves it too. Thank you!!!!

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  44. Ginaposted October 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm Reply

    Everything I drooled—I mean, dreamed—it would be. 

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  46. ellenposted October 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

    ridiculously simple and amazingly delicious! one of our new favorites!

    • ellenposted October 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply

      was supposed to have been 5 stars! don’t know what happened. :(

  47. Adrianne Steetsposted October 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

    I just made this , this week and is was so good . Will definitely make this again.

  48. Cindyposted October 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm Reply

    Could you use milk instead of heavy cream, and then thicken with flour/water mixture?  I don’t have any heavy cream.

    • Sommerposted October 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm Reply

      Hi Cindy,

      You could! The texture will be slightly different though. :)

  49. Vanessaposted October 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Can substitute greek yogurt for heavy cream?

    • Sommerposted October 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

      Hi Vanessa,

      You can definitely make this swap! Just whisk it in a little at a time so it doesn’t clump.

  50. Allison Mposted October 27, 2017 at 11:30 am Reply

    So good! My fiance loves this soup, as do I. I told him I was making it again tonight and he was very excited. Can’t wait! Going to add celery just because I have it and want to use it up.

  51. morganposted November 10, 2017 at 4:56 am Reply

    amazing soup! i eyeballed some of the measurements since i was just making it for me alone but it turned out delicious! thank you so much haha

  52. Jenniferposted November 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply

    I just made this and it is delish! I did add just a little frozen broccoli and a few tips of asparagus. Wow this is a winner!

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  54. Leilaposted November 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Can you share how to make this soup thicker?

  55. Zachary Wposted December 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Whole family loves it!!

  56. Madisonposted December 14, 2017 at 8:41 pm Reply

    This soup was amazing. Last night I had left over chicken, so I used shredded chicken from last night in the soup instead of cooking the chicken in the soup. I also added extra heavy cream. My husband loved this. He is taking it to work tomorrow’s work tomorow to share with his co-workers. We couldn’t possibly eat it all.

  57. Aggieposted December 19, 2017 at 5:06 pm Reply

    It probably will. But that doesn’t mean it can’t taste great. Curious, do vegetarian friends of yours eat dairy? If not, you will also need to substitute the cheese tortellini and the cream. Try spinach filled Tortellini instead of cheese, and coconut or cashew milk instead of cream. You can also thicken the soup with a small amount of mashed potato, pureed in a blender. It will be different but probably still taste outstanding.

  58. Carolynposted December 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply

    Great and easy

  59. Christine Turnerposted December 20, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply

    I’m totally making this tomorrow!

  60. Toriposted December 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Soooo good!!! 

  61. annieposted December 22, 2017 at 11:05 pm Reply

    i love this recipe. I make it about once a month. the thing i love about it is that i normally have most of the ingredients and can also just kind of throw in whatever i have around the house too. Tonight i had few strips of bacon leftover, i cooked those up first and then cooked the onions in it and followed the rest of the recipe. It turned out fantastic! i also always use a handful of fresh spinach because that is generally what i have around. thanks for the recipe! this also makes a VERY hardy 6 servings, if you have a little side of bread or something with it, you can definitely get a few more servings.

  62. Rachelposted December 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Easy and delicious. I would use a little less thyme, but will definitely make again!

  63. Colibriposted December 29, 2017 at 11:01 pm Reply

    I made it for supper tonight!  It was delicious, and my whole family enjoyed it!  Thank you!

  64. Mindy Fewless (Coco and Ash)posted January 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Made this for dinner tonight and it will definitely be made again!! 

  65. Loriposted January 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm Reply

    I made this tonight…’s really good! The thyme is a little over powering so next time I may use less. I also added a little more cream to it and used shredded canned chicken. Overall it’s delicious….even the kids loved it! 

  66. Donna Bruderposted January 23, 2018 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Very good. A tad too spicy.  A bit too thin. At the end I thickened it a bit with cream and flour mix. 

    • Robinposted February 4, 2018 at 1:18 am Reply

      I thought it was much too thin, and thickened it too. I only used five cups of water mixed with Better Than Boullion. I added two teaspoons of cornstarch.

  67. Deborahposted January 27, 2018 at 4:36 pm Reply

    This was a delicious soup. Thank you. Made by recipe. It’s now on my go to list. Sorry never thought yo take s picture.

  68. Robinposted February 4, 2018 at 1:17 am Reply

    I made it tonight. I only used five cups of broth (Better Than Boullion and water), and thickened it with about two teaspoons of cornstarch. Served it with Cheddar Bay biscuits. My husband isn’t much of a soup guy, but I enjoyed it. Thanks.

  69. Kari Dposted February 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm Reply

    I made this recipe! Just so wonderful! 

  70. Annetteposted February 20, 2018 at 8:37 pm Reply

    This soup is delicious! I added some celery, and more fresh parsley. I also added a little Garam Masala. Next time, I may add coconut milk instead of the heavy cream. This soup has tons of tweaking possibilities!

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  72. Donnaposted February 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Delicious! My picky family LOVED it! My husband and son had 3 bowls. Very, very good!

  73. mary snyderposted March 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm Reply

    We made this soup using chicken filled tortellini. Its was awesome. Very good & very filling.

  74. Lauraposted March 10, 2018 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Is NOW a family classic!!!!

  75. Cassadyposted March 16, 2018 at 6:47 pm Reply

    This is the perfect comfort food,made this tonight, and it is delish!!

  76. Rosaposted April 6, 2018 at 8:14 pm Reply

    Made this for my family tonight! Sooooo good. Beefed it up a bit and added more tortellini and more fresh spinach! GreT flavor! Thank you!

  77. Deborah Collinsposted June 15, 2018 at 5:45 pm Reply

    I’ve made this dish several times, and my family enjoys it. It would be easier to follow , though, if the ingredients were listed in the order in which they were added.

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  79. Jennposted June 24, 2018 at 5:45 pm Reply

    I have used this recipe many times and I swear I came to use it for dinner tonight and it looks like some of the ingredients (garlic, carrots) are missing from the Ingredients list suddenly. Could anyone shed some light on this? Thanks!

    • Sommer Collierposted June 26, 2018 at 12:24 am Reply

      Hi Jenn,

      I’m so sorry about that! We are using a program to convert our recipes into a more functional recipe form, but there have been a few glitches. Thanks for helping us fix this one!!

      • Jennposted June 26, 2018 at 9:55 am

        Awesome! I was able to guesstimate (because I have made it SO many times!) and make it, but I was so confused as to why it had changed! My husband finally told me to let it go because he was hungry and ready for dinner. 😂
        Thanks so much, we LOVE this soup!

  80. Andreaposted July 24, 2018 at 5:17 pm Reply

    This is phenomenal!  I added some Italian seasoning and fresh grated Parm to the soup in the last ten minutes of cooking.  Great recipe.  Will make again soon!  Thank you!

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  82. Gena Halpinposted August 14, 2018 at 7:21 pm Reply

    I made this with trepidations as the last couple of recipes I’ve made from Pinterest have fallen short.  It was wonderful.  I could not find the mentioned tortellini but what I used was fine.  I used a fresh spinach and arugula mix and it was great.  The amount of red pepper was just enough .  I’ll definitely make this again.  

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  88. D Bakerposted September 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm Reply

    O M G !!! This soup to die for. Just loved it and will definitely  make it again. 

  89. Lorraineposted September 18, 2018 at 1:38 am Reply

    I made this tonight for the first time. I didn’t change a thing, and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  90. Ashleyposted September 19, 2018 at 12:35 pm Reply

    This soup has become a staple in our house! We love it! I do make some slight variations. Instead of adding Bell pepper and crushed red pepper I use chopped celery and sometimes leek. I also use fresh chopped spinach. I recently added finely chopped kale and that was good too! The kicker for our house though is instead of adding heavy cream we add a few tablespoons of sour cream and shredded parmesan cheese! This gives the soup a little tang, which we like!

  91. Andreaposted September 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm Reply

    We made this tonight for dinner and it is excellent! We love soups especially in fall. Today was the perfect weather to try this out and we are so glad we did!

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