Nothing beats a warm and comforting bowl of soup. And when it comes to comforting soups, few can compare to a creamy and hearty tortellini soup. This slow cooker tortellini soup is so easy to make, and it's packed with flavors and textures that will have you coming back for seconds. Get ready to cozy up with a delicious bowl of soup.
There is something about a bowl of soup that is so comforting - especially when that soup is packed with cheesy pasta pockets!
That's right; we're talking about sausage tortellini soup in the crockpot - the ultimate comfort food that's sure to satisfy.
This hearty pasta-filled bowl is perfect for busy weeknights, lazy weekends, or any time you're in the mood for something delicious.
What we love about this crockpot tortellini soup is just how easy it is to make. All you need is a few simple ingredients, a slow cooker, and some time to let everything simmer together. The result is an incredibly flavorful and satisfying soup that's perfect for a weeknight meal and makes great leftovers for lunch.
In this blog post, we'll share our favorite recipe for making this delicious and hearty slow cooker creamy tortellini soup.
We'll cover everything from choosing the right ingredients to getting that perfect balance of flavors and textures.
Plus, we'll share some tips and tricks for making this soup recipe your own, like adding extra veggies or swapping out the sausage.
So get ready to cozy up with a bowl of this delicious soup - it's sure to become a new favorite in your household!
- Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter; just take into consideration what you used before adding additional salt.
- Onion: I like sweet yellow onion, but you can use whatever type of onion that you have on hand.
- Carrots: Pre-shredded carrots are a great way to save time.
- Sausage: Any kind of sausage (ground pork, beef, chicken, etc.) will work. Just make sure to remove the casings and break into pieces before adding it to the recipe.
- Garlic: Nothing beats freshly minced cloves of garlic but jarred minced garlic, or frozen garlic will work. Two cloves garlic gives just the right punch to me, but feel free to adjust to your liking.
- Thyme: Fresh thyme gives the best flavor, but you can substitute a teaspoon of dried thyme if needed.
- Salt and pepper: Adjust these to your own preference.
- Chicken broth: Both homemade and purchase broth work well in this recipe.
- Cream cheese: When making crockpot tortellini soup with cream cheese, it is best to bring the cream cheese to room temperature before adding it to the soup.
- Parmesan cheese: For a flavor boost, use freshly grated parmesan cheese.
- Tortellini: Any variety of tortellini will work. Just make sure you are using dried tortellini, as frozen will get mushy in this recipe.
- Spinach: Use fresh spinach for the best flavor and texture.
- Half and Half: You could use heavy cream or whole milk if you like.
Step by Step
For the full recipe with measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
Tips and Tricks
- Choose the right ingredients: For the best flavor, choose high-quality ingredients like fresh spinach, good-quality sausage, and flavorful chicken broth when making creamy tortellini soup in the crock pot. You can also use homemade broth for even better flavor.
- Don't overcook the tortellini: Because frozen and refrigerated tortellini cooks quickly, we use dried in this recipe. If you want to use frozen, it's important to add it to the slow cooker during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking time to prevent it from becoming mushy.
- Experiment with different veggies: While fresh baby spinach is a classic addition to tortellini soup, feel free to experiment with other vegetables like kale or Swiss chard. A can of diced tomatoes transforms this recipe into a delicious slow cooker tomato tortellini soup. You also can add celery when you add the onion and carrots if you like.
- Consider swapping out the sausage: If you're vegetarian or just looking to cut down on your meat intake, consider using a meatless sausage or omitting the sausage altogether. You could also substitute the sausage for diced chicken breasts or chicken thighs to make chicken tortellini soup in the crock pot.
- Don't forget the toppings: Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, chopped herbs like thyme, oregano, or basil, and a drizzle of olive oil are all great toppings for tortellini soup. Don't forget to serve it with some bread for dipping.
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- Slow Cooker - You can use a multi-cooker like an Instant Pot, Instant Pot Dutch Oven, or Ninja Possible Cooker, or a Crockpot.
- Skillet - You'll need a skillet if you don't use a multi-cooker with a saute function.
- Whisk and Spoon
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- Once you make this Crockpot broccoli cheese soup, you will wonder why you ever made it any other way.
Creamy Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 pound Italian sausage casings removed and broken into pieces
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 6 ounces cream cheese cubed
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 16 ounces dried cheese tortellini
- 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
- 1 cup half and half
- Melt the butter using the saute function of your slow cooker. If your slow cooker doesn’t have a saute function, melt the butter in a skillet on the stove over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion and carrots and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the sausage, breaking it up with the back of the spoon. Cook for 5 minutes, until the sausage is browned.
- Add the garlic, thyme, salt, and red pepper and cook for another 30 seconds.
- Hit cancel if you are sautéing in your slow cooker. Alternatively, transfer the mixture to your slow cooker.
- Add the broth and cream cheese and cover. Cook on low for 4 hours.
- Add the parmesan cheese and whisk to combine.
- Add the tortellini and make sure the pasta is submerged in the liquid. Cook for another 1 hour on low.
- Add the spinach, and press down into the liquid. Cook for another 10 minutes, until the leaves are wilted.
- Add the half and half and stir to combine.