Crockpot tortellini soup is a creamy bowl of comfort food that everyone will love. Quick and easy to throw together with frozen pasta stuffed with cheese or meat! Just $15 serves a family of 5 for dinner.
If you’ve never made Crockpot tortellini soup, you’re missing out. For under twenty bucks you too can make a pot of this slow cooker recipe to serve to everyone tonight.
You only need 6 ingredients, a slow cooker and a ladle when you’re done. Pair it with some bread and BAM…dinner is done!
This is a Crockpot sausage tortellini soup version here.
You can see the ingredients here. Swap out meat for cheese filled pasta, or use ground beef if you prefer that over sausage. You could even shred rotisserie for Crockpot chicken tortellini soup! Either way this slow cooker soup recipe is incredible.
Under $20 to feed a family of 6??!! Totally. Of course if you buy brand names it may be a bit more, organic meat is pricier too. As you can see, 3 out of the 6 are Great Value (Walmart) brand which saves bunches.
- If you’re really opposed to vegetables you could leave the spinach out, but really it offers a nice texture and flavor to the dish. Only have vegetable broth on hand? NO worries, use that!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this slow cooker creamy tortellini soup
- Bag of frozen tortellini noodles
- stuffed with meat or cheese tortellini, your choice
- Ground sausage
- or ground beef, ground turkey, chicken sausage or half and half of any of them would be fine
- If you had leftover chicken that would work too
- precooked on the stovetop, could add 1/2 diced onion in the mix too
- Chicken broth
- or make homemade chicken broth
- Cream cheese
- don’t use low fat, come on now we want it creamy and we aren’t counting calories today
- Fresh spinach leaves
- Large can of diced tomatoes
- could use 1/2 or 1/3 Rotel and the rest diced if you wanted to add a bit of heat
This is a bit like our Instant Pot sausage soup! If you have a pressure cooker and want to make this in a fraction of the time you could follow those directions. There aren’t noodles in that one but you could add them at the end and cook on high 1 min. too.
What’s inside tortellini? They can either have a based filling, or they’re filled with ricotta or spinach. Traditionally cooked in water or broth until tender, tortelloni can also be added to soups and become tender that way (as in this case).
- To start you’re going to want to saute your ground meat on the stove top over medium heat. When the pink is gone, turn the pot off, drain grease and pour this into your Crock.
Then you’re going to add the diced tomatoes, broth and cream cheese. In order to get a very smooth consistency and not have that separate it is best if you allow the block to come to room temperature first.
Another tip is to cut it into small blocks or cubes before adding it into your Crock pot. This way it melts easily, and when you stir it it dissolves pretty quick.
- Like I said, if you’d like it to be a bit spicy you could substitute some tomatoes for Rotel.
- Alternatively a bit of red pepper flakes could be stirred in.
Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Ideally you’d be able to stir it twice in this cooking time but if you are unable it is not a deal breaker. Personally I do not like to cook less hours on high because I feel it turns out best low and slow.
Once this time is up, stir and add the tortellini and spinach leaves. Cover and allow to cook again for an additional 30 minutes so they can get nice and tender.
What is the difference between ravioli and tortellini? Ravioli is two layers of pasta in traditionally a square shape whereas tortellini is one piece of pasta folded into dumpling like shapes.
- I suppose you could use either or but the latter I feel holds up a bit better since the noodle is a bit thicker.
Want to try another version of this, but cooked a lot quicker with a tomato flair? Try our Instant Pot tomato basil soup with the same pasta.
How long does tortellini soup last? Well that is IF you have any leftovers, what do you do with them? Allow it to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container or freezer storage bag. Keep in fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in microwave in 30 sec. intervals.
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Crockpot Tortellini Soup
- On the stovetop, brown your ground sausage or ground beef. (you could alternatively shred some rotisserie chicken and add that instead). Drain grease from pan and add into your Crockpot.
- Pour in your can of tomatoes, broth, and cubes of cream cheese. Stir to combine.
- Cook on low for 5 hours. For best results stir twice during this time.
- After this time, add the frozen tortellini and fresh spinach leaves. Cook an additional 15-30 minutes until noodles are warmed into the center and tender.