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Am I the only one who is a bit skeptical of slow cooker recipes? While we do have some fabulous, healthy slow cooker recipes in our recipe index, I for sure have tried MANY others that have turned out pretty bland or dry. My husband is especially skeptical of crock pot recipes. I think I’ve scared him one too many times with the promising smell of dry chicken.
While this recipe may not score the highest in the “healthy” department, it for sure gets high rankings in the, “I’m a busy person who needs a quick and easy recipe that my family will like,” department.
I also beg of you to not rule this recipe out because it calls for two cups of fresh spinach. It feels like a lot when you put it in but when the spinach cooks down, it is barely visible and easily sneaks into bites unnoticed.
It’s also worth mentioning that the soup gets a bit creamer than in this post’s pictures. Some of my cream cheese hadn’t quite dissolved yet. While this didn’t affect the flavor, it might cause someone to ask questions.
So, all disclaimers aside, this soup was great in my opinion. I’ll for sure be making it again. And then probably again. You get the point.
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- 1 pound ground Italian pork sausage (sub: turkey or chicken sausage)
- 2 (15 ounce) cans Italian style diced tomatoes, juices and all
- 1 (32 ounce) carton of low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, cut into cubes (do not use low fat)
- 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 1 (19 oz.) bag frozen cheese tortellini
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- In a large skillet, brown the sausage over medium high heat until there is no more pink showing. Drain any excess grease.
- Add the sausage, tomatoes, chicken broth and cream cheese into a standard sized slow cooker. Stir to combine.
- Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring one or two times to help the cream cheese dissolve.
- Then, stir in the spinach and frozen tortellini and cook for about 45 more minutes, until warmed through.
Gluten-free option: Cook your favorite gluten-free pasta and stir it in at the very end. (Do not cook it at all in the slow cooker.)