This Cheese Tortellini Soup is a flavorful, easy slow cooker meal. Tortellini, sausage, and spinach in a creamy tomato soup and slow cooked to perfection.
I love using pasta in soup! I think it gives it such a good texture and it makes it more filling. Sometimes using soup as a main dish doesn’t fill me up, but with the sausage and the pasta, this soup definitely does. Make sure that you drain the sausage really well — the soup will turn out greasy if you don’t. This soup is so simple and it is easy to tailor to your family’s preferences. For a vegetarian variation, you can use mushrooms instead of sausage and substitute vegetable stock for chicken broth. If you like your food spicy, you can add a few shakes of red pepper flakes to the crock pot before cooking. To make it a little healthier, you can use turkey sausage and non or low fat cream cheese. If you use neufachtel (1/3 fat of cream cheese) be prepared that it doesn’t melt as well and leaves little curds. This soup pairs well with a green salad and a toasted bread that you can dip in the soup.
Cheese Tortellini Soup
1 lb Italian sausage, browned and drained
1 (16 oz) bag of frozen cheese tortellini
1 (5 oz) bag of fresh spinach
2 (14.5 oz) cans of Italian style diced tomatoes, drained
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened and cut into chunks