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Slow Cooker Sausage and Tortellini Soup

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Finally, a slow cooker recipe that is SUPER easy to make yet packed with flavor. The creamy goodness of this sausage tortellini soup is a win with all ages and makes for great lunch leftovers.


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, brown the sausage over medium high heat until there is no more pink showing. Drain any excess grease.
  2. Add the sausage, tomatoes, chicken broth and cream cheese into a standard sized slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  3. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring one or two times to help the cream cheese dissolve.
  4. Then, stir in the spinach and frozen tortellini and cook for about 45 more minutes, until warmed through.

Notes

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.)