Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

February 18, 2022
Recipes - Main Meal - Pasta - Weeknight Meals
This is the best, most comforting tortellini soup with kale and roasted garlic.

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup is a super fast and ultra-comforting, hearty winter meal with kale, chicken broth and a hint of warming spice. 

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

When soup season rolls around, this hearty and creamy tortellini soup is always on the menu at my house. It's so warming and comforting, but a total breeze to make. It also makes your entire house smell delicious with the aroma of roasting garlic. If you love garlic and pasta,  you're going to fall in love with this wintertime soup. 

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

Ingredients in Creamy Tortellini Soup

It's surprising that this soup has such a short and sweet ingredient list, when you consider how flavor-packed it is. This is a great pantry recipe to whip up on a weeknight with the following ingredients:

  • Cheese tortellini. Pick these up in the refrigerated or freezer section of the grocery store. 
  • Garlic. You'll want two whole bulbs for the rich garlic flavor in this soup. 
  • Chicken stock. You can also use veggie stock to keep this dish vegetarian. 
  • Heavy cream. For the rich, creamy body in the soup. 
  • Kale. Any kind of kale will work!
  • Paprika and chili powder add a hint of spice to the soup. 
  • Parmesan to add savoriness and melty cheese flavor. 

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

Ingredient Swaps

If you'd like, it's easy to mix up the ingredients in this soup to use whatever is in your pantry. here are a few swaps and substitutions to try:

  • Use a different green, such as chard or spinach instead of kale. 
  • Try grana padano or a different grated cheese instead of parmesan. 
  • Use coconut milk to replace heavy cream for a dairy-free version (you'll also need to use dairy-free cheese and dairy-free tortellini). 
  • Choose vegetable or beef stock instead of chicken. 

You can also add more veggies, such as carrots, onions, celery, or parsnips to the sou for added nutrients and color. 

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

Storage Suggestions for Tortellini Soup

Store leftover roasted garlic tortellini soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to six months. Defrost the soup overnight in the fridge, then reheat on the stove or in the microwave. 

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

What to Serve with Tortellini Soup

This is a hearty soup that makes a complete meal on its own. If you want to add something bright and refreshing on the side, try a Orange Kale Salad or Fall Harvest Apple Kale Salad. For added heartiness and to soak up the creamy broth, serve with Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon.

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

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Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup

5 from 2 votes
Make the best, most comoforting creamy tortellini soup with raosted garlic and kale for a hearty winter meal.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Serves: 4 servings



  • 2 medium garlic bulbs (See Notes!)
  • 1-2 Tbsps Extra virgin olive oil + 1 tablespoon for cooking!


  • 1 (8 oz.) pacakage organic cheese tortellini
  • 4 cups organic chicken stock (You can use veggie stock as well!)
  • 1 cup organic heavy cream
  • 2 cups kale, ribs removed + chopped
  • sea salt + black pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon smoked parika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ cup freshly-grated parmesan



  • Begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and preparing a large piece of foil paper. Add each garlic bulb to the center of the foil paper, drizzle with olive oil and wrap tightly with foil paper.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the garlic bulbs are cooked through and super fragrant, tender, and browned on the edges. Let it cool a bit before removing the garlic from their bulbs + mincing them.


  • Begin by cooking tortellini pasta according to the directions of the packaging (about 3-4 minutes) and drain. Set aside.


  • In a medium size dutch oven over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once heated, add minced roasted garlic and sauté until translucent + fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add the salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and chili powder, and mix together until combined.
  • Add in the chicken stock, heavy cream, and kale, stirring everything together until combined.
  • Let everything boil for 1-2 minutes and then reduce heat to low to allow a simmer. Add in the parmesan and cooked tortellini, stirring to combine. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • At this point, the soup should be thickened, but if it's not to your desired consistency----simply add 1 tablespoon of arrowroot starch or flour to 2 Tbsps warm water (mix together) and add to thicken soup more. Simmer for another minute or two.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately into prepared bowl(s) and enjoy with a side of bread, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, for optimal freshness. Can also be frozen for 4-6 months. To defrost, simply place soup in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before re-heating on the stove top to serve.
  • GREENS: If preferred, you can always add greens other than Kale, like Spinach or Collard Greens to soup for more richness.
  • GARLIC: If you're a fan of garlic flavor, you can add up to 3 bulbs of garlic for bolder flavor.


Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 849mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4535IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 3mg


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Creamy Roasted Garlic Tortellini Soup.


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  1. Was planning on making this soup this weekend anyway and it rained all day so I think it was meant to be? Maybe? Prepared the ingredients as listed and did 1tsp salt and ¼tsp pepper. All of the flavors were there and the kids loved it too! Served it up with grilled cheese. Not bad for my first time making soup. Will definitely try the other recipes at some point. Good job Chef!

    • Hi! OMG---yay! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed it and it turned out great! Definitely meant to be. Haha. Thanks so much for choosing to make it! 🙂

    • Hi! It looks like the two additional garlic cloves were listed incorrectly. Please disregard. You'll only need the roasted garlic bulbs. 🙂

    • Hi Brett! You actually add the roasted garlic after the olive oil in the heated dutch oven! 🙂