Spring Tortellini Soup: This is a really easy soup to toss together. It's filled with fresh spring veggies and tortellini. Ready in about 30 minutes! | macheesmo.com
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Spring Tortellini Soup

Spring Tortellini Soup: This is a really easy soup to toss together. It's filled with fresh spring veggies and tortellini. Ready in about 30 minutes! | macheesmo.com

I feel like I didn’t really get my fill of good soup recipes this year. Maybe because it was unseasonably warm in Denver this winter (I only had to shovel snow once), but I just didn’t cook that much soup. As the seasons change, I was still craving something in the soup category, but lightened up a bit. This Spring Tortellini Soup checks all the boxes!

My favorite parts of this recipe are twofold: First, it uses store-bought tortellini which I think is fine for soups like this. I used a cheese variety but you could use your favorite. It makes it really fast to make and fills out the soup nicely. Second, I love the beets in this recipe. I used golden beets to keep the soup from staining red and also used the beets AND the greens which adds an extra element to it.

At the end of the day, it’s my favorite kind of recipe. Not fussy at all, but it does show off some great spring veggies.

Serves 4.
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Spring Tortellini Soup

This is a really easy soup to toss together. It’s filled with fresh spring veggies and tortellini. A great lighter soup to bring in spring.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 leek, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bunch golden beets, plus greens
8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
9 oz. tortellini pasta
1 cup sweet peas
Salt and pepper
Fresh oregano, garnish
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  1. Prep leeks by chopping them in half lengthwise and rinsing them well. Then chop into half-coins. Prep beets by peeling them and then cubing them into small cubes. Rinse the beet greens well and cut out any large stems.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, add olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped leeks, cubed beets, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes until veggies soften. Make sure leeks don’t brown at all.
  3. Add garlic and cook for another minute or so.
  4. Stir in chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Turn heat down to low and add washed and chopped beet greens and peas. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add tortellini and cook for another 4-5 minutes until pasta is floating and cooked through. Season soup well with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve soup garnished with a few leaves of fresh oregano.

Spring Tortellini Soup

The beets prep is probably the hardest part of this recipe, but it really does add some nice flavor to the finished soup so I wouldn’t skip it unless you just can’t find them. I bought one big bunch of golden beets which is usually 3-4 beets and the greens.

Spring Tortellini Soup


You can just peel and cube the beets into about 1/4-inch pieces. For the greens, rinse them really well. Beet greens tend to be really dirty and the leaves catch dirt like crazy. When they are really well washed, cut off any super-thick stems and then just roughly chop them.

To start the soup, sauté the leeks and beets in a little olive oil over medium heat. Cook them until the veggies start to soften, but don’t brown the leeks at all. A pinch of salt and pepper is a good idea right now.

Spring Tortellini Soup

Good start.

Then add in the garlic and cook for another minute or so. Then add in the stock and bring to a simmer. When the soup is simmering, turn the heat down to low and add the greens and peas. Simmer that until the greens are wilted and tender, just a minute or two.

Spring Tortellini Soup

Simmer simmer.

Then toss in the tortellini and cook it until it’s just floating.

Spring Tortellini Soup

In the pool.

Be sure to taste the finished spring tortellini soup. It might need an extra pinch of salt and pepper or you could add some red pepper flake if you wanted a little heat in it.

I garnished mine with a little fresh oregano, but that’s very optional.

It’s a great soup because it’s fairly light actually and filled with great veggies.

Try it out if you are ready for spring, but still need some soup in your life!

Spring Tortellini Soup: This is a really easy soup to toss together. It's filled with fresh spring veggies and tortellini. Ready in about 30 minutes! | macheesmo.com

13 comments on “Spring Tortellini Soup

  1. Nick, are you able buy golden beets at your local megamart? Or do you need to buy from a specialty store?

    1. My local store carries them (King Soopers) but def most speciality stores will have them also. You could use the red versions but it just stains the soup…

  2. I’m looking forward to trying this! If I can’t find the beets, will spinach or kale be a good substitute for the greens?

  3. I read through the directions again and saw a mention of peas…but I didn’t see them in the ingredients. I do see them in the picture. How many?

  4. OK, this falls under the category of …… looks good to me, but what will the family think? So what did I do? Made it anyway of course : )

    Was a total homerun! not just liked, but loved by all…… my 16 year old son said; “what are those things in there, potatoes?” When I said beets, he said; “did you forget I don’t like beets? but these are really good!” It was my first time using the beet greens in a recipe (I pickle beets all summer) and while I expected them to be slightly bitter, they were not……. simply delicious.

    I doubled the recipe and only change I may make next time is to make more broth as I added extra tortellini…… the Costco tortellini are great btw…

    Thanks! Andrew

  5. Hey Nick! Tried this out. Love all the flavors but my husband hated the beets. What consistency should the beets have… ours came out kind of crunchy?

    1. Hey Pamela! They should be fork tender so it might be that you needed to let them simmer for a few extra minutes. I usually try a few to make sure they are cooked through before I pull it off the heat!

  6. Hello!
    I just tried that recipe from your blog and i’m eating right now and that’s really good! I like the idea of tortellini in a soup – never tried that before. I noticed some other recipes here that I definitely need to try. Think I’ll be back soon :) Thanks for sharing!

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