Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

 Continuing with this week’s theme of “I Just Don’t Have Enough Time in the Day, so Let’s Make Something Easy”, I offer you this crazy good, super simple Crock Pot meal.  It’s another Pinterest find, and the original recipe is over at the blog Little Fellows.  I’ve tweaked the recipe just a bit, but didn’t touch how simple it is.  My family loved it, and I hope yours does too.

I started by browning up a pound of Italian turkey sausage.  You could use whatever sausage sounds good to you.  I went with turkey to try and lighten things up a bit.

As the turkey was browning, I got together the rest of my ingredients.

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Once the turkey sausage was browned, I drained it and added it to my slow cooker, along with all of the other ingredients.

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I gave it a good stir, set the cooker to LOW, and let it cook for about five hours.

I stirred it a couple of times during the cooking process, but other than that, it was hands off.  When it was time for dinner, I had a huge pot of delicious, hearty soup in front of me.

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 I served it up with some crusty bread and a salad, and we were good to go!

How’s that for easy?

Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup


Adapted from Little Fellows

Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
  • 1 (19 oz.) bag frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 lb. Italian turkey sausage
  • ¾ - 1 bag fresh spinach
  • 2 cans Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans low-fat chicken broth
  • 1 (8 oz.) block low-fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
  1. Brown the sausage in a skillet on the stove top until cooked and crumbled. Drain.
  2. Add the sausage and remaining ingredients to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook, on LOW for 5 hours, stirring twice during cooking.
  5. ENJOY!

50 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

  1. Wow!! This looks so amazing I’m practically licking the screen!
    Too bad my better half doesn’t like any sort of pasta…or soup 🙁
    I might have to try it some time though 🙂

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  3. Tried this recipe yesterday with one change. The recipe calls for a 19 oz. bag of tortellini. I found only 16 oz. bags, so I used two bags in the recipe. It was very thick as the pasta sucked up the liquid… but it sure was good!!! When I try it again, I’ll add a third can of broth.

  4. This is one of the best soups I have ever made…..according to my family with this recipe we should start up an eat street soup truck

    • Sounds like a great plan! 🙂 My husband used to joke that he liked my chicken salad so much that I needed to open up a restaurant called “Christine’s House of Mayonnaise Based Salads”. Maybe I should move it into a truck and we could partner up!

  5. You could also skip the browning step by buying the precooked sausage crumbles in the bags by the bacon. That would make it super easy and it’s actually pretty good! Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

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  7. You did not say if we are to drain the tomatoes or not……so I poured them in – (juice included). I felt it may add flavor to the broth. It is cooking now – will let you know!

    • Not too bad, they definitely soften a lot, but not mushy. If you’re worried about that, you could add them later in the cooking process and they’d still be ok.

      • Thanks! I am trying it tomorrow and im very excited! I will let you know how it goes 🙂

  8. A friend recently brought a soup to share during a girls weekend golf trip. People loved it and she refused to share the recipe…WHAT? Well, I think yours is very very close. HA!!!!! So, thank you for sharing <3.
    Jackie, Cleveland Ohio

    • “What?” is right! That drives me nuts when people do that. I, clearly, don’t have a problem sharing recipes, so I hope this is the soup you’ve been looking for! You should make it for your friend sometime! 😉 Glad I could help!

  9. Delicious! I added some diced onion I had on hand, and substituted escarole for spinach. Husband raved and even my toddler enjoyed it (well, maybe not the green stuff…). Thanks!

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  11. This was a hit. Only my family doesn’t like ground turkey, so I used hot Italian pork sausage instead. Also, the tortellini was a little too mushy, so next time I won’t put it in the crock pot until the last hour or so of cooking. It was delicious!

  12. I sent my son to the store and he brought back fresh tortellini. Will that work or will it be too mushy?

  13. I make this soup at least once a month…I make it on the stove,let it simmer a couple hours, then add spinach,tortellini and some shredded cheddar cheese before serving with crusty bread..everyone loves it, I also add a few spices just for the heck of it

  14. One of the best recipes I have found on Pinterest. Our family loves it!! I do wait and put the tortellini in the last hour of cooking because I use fresh.

  15. I hardly ever bother commenting on Pinterest recipes I find but I had to leave a note here. This recipe was phenomenal and so simple even for a rookie cook like me. I use my crockpot several times a month and I must say this is the best meal I have made in over a year. Paired it with some fresh italian bread. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. I only have frozen spinach, suggestions on if i should thaw it first or just put it in frozen?

  17. Made this tonight and the whole family loved it! Keeper recipe! Followed recipe exactly. NOTE: I would not cook this longer than the recommended 5 hours and you need to do the stirring two or three things while it is cooking. If not the noodles will get over cooked/brown on the top.

  18. I made this tonight – DELICIOUS!!! I have to say, it serves more than 4!! We had 4 at the table and two had seconds, AND I have about 4 servings put away for tomorrow!!!

    I did add some pressed garlic (we love garlic), some red pepper flakes to my own dish, and some salt. Great stuff! My 8 year old son said it was a KEEPER!!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  19. Units of measure that are more common than can or bag are great, especially when there are multiple sized cans and bags.

    • Sorry. There is a picture of the cans and bag in question. The tomatoes and broth are regular, 15 oz. cans. The bag of spinach was a 5-6 oz bag. Sorry about the confusion.

  20. What do you recommend if you want to feed more people? Will it still all fit in the crock pot?

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