This yummy recipe for crockpot tortellini soup with Italian sausage and has spread like wildfire throughout my family! It makes for a quick and delicious dinner any night of the week. Your family is going to love it too!
This soup is easy to make in a crockpot or on the stove top.
Choose your method. Put everything except the tortellini in the crockpot on low and cook it with a timer then add tortellini right before serving, or you can throw everything together when you get home and serve right away.
Use fresh or frozen tortellini.
Either one works. Frozen may take a couple minutes longer to cook if you put it in the soup frozen, but you absolutely can do that. The trick is finding a good brand of tortellini to suit your taste buds. Luckily, there are all sorts of choices — dry, frozen or fresh. Or heck, make your own tortellini if you have those kind of skills! You don’t have to be Italian but I’m sure it helps. 😉
I like to keep it easy.
As are most of my recipes, this soup is so so so easy! So you might guess that I opt for the dry tortellini to keep it easy and to save freezer space. another trick is the sausage. You can choose Italian sausage or you can try other breakfast sausages. I really enjoy the sausage with thyme added, gives it a nice twist if you make this a lot and want to mix it up. As far as veggies go, feel free to add kale in with the spinach if you are like me and usually have a giant bag of it and don’t know what to do with it all!
For a light broth, there’s a ton of flavor.
This is not a creamy broth but you won’t miss the cream and you’ll save yourself a boatload of calories. The spinach and carrots add flavor and vitamins making this one of the more hearty and healthy soups you can make in a slow cooker. The chicken-based broth is light yet full of flavor.
Everyone loves this soup!
It’s just so full of flavor, hearty and so colorful! Everyone always raves about this soup whenever it’s made. I just made a batch yesterday actually when my aunt and cousin were in town for a visit and it came out better than I’ve ever had it.
One last thing I want to mention is… the big soup mug. I just love my soups in a big warm mug on a cold day. Add in a soft blanket, some Netflix, the hubs and the kiddos and you have figured out my favorite way to spend and evening. So the mug in the photo above was purchased from The Christmas Tree Store but I found this cute striped one on Amazon in case you want to be soup mug friend. 🙂
This Crockpot Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage was featured on Menu Plan Monday!
Crockpot Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage
- 1 package Italian sausage
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- ½ white onion chopped
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 16 oz cheese tortellini
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- In a dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat, sauté sausage with carrots, celery and onion for about 12 minutes, stirring frequently and breaking up sausage into small chunks. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.*If finishing in a slow cooker, transfer everything to your crockpot when done.
- Add chicken stock and bay leaves and bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low.
- Add fresh tortellini and fresh spinach. Cook on medium low for 3 minutes then serve.*If using dry tortellini, add that first and cook for 10 minutes, adding the fresh spinach the last 3 minutes of cooking.