Braces-Friendly Recipe: Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup


When it's chilly outside, all I want for dinner is hot and savory soup. This recipe is SO GOOD, and SO EASY to make. All the food groups are incorporated into one big pot of goodness... So you don't need to mess with side dishes or clean up extra pots and pans. Bonus: It's a braces-friendly dinner option for family members in the process of transforming their smile!

Serves 4


  • 1 lb mild italian sausage, ground
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 (14 oz can) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed
  • 1 (10 oz) bag cheese tortellini, fresh (not dried)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sausage, onions and garlic to the pot and and sauté until the onions are soft an translucent, about 5 minutes. (Drain off any excessive fat.)
  3. Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Whisk until tomato paste is fully incorporated.
  4. Bring to a boil, season with salt then simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Add the kale, tortellini and heavy cream.
  6. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until the kale is wilted and the pasta is tender.
  7. Serve with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes if desired.


A Hungry McFarland Orthodontic Staffer


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