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Crockpot Tortellini Soup with Sausage

This Crockpot tortellini soup with sausage is a comforting, hearty, and easy to prepare slow cooker soup. Italian sausage, tomatoes, cheese tortellini, a splash of cream, and spinach make this one delicious soup.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Crockpot tortellini soup with sausage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Natasha Bull

Ingredients

  • 1 (17.6 ounce) package Italian sausages see note
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots sliced or chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped finely
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (9 ounce) packages refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 3/4 cup heavy/whipping cream optional
  • 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Take your sausages out of their casings and crumble them into a skillet. Add the chopped onion. Sauté for about 7 minutes. Add the garlic in towards the end so it doesn't burn. Spoon out most of the fat (you don't need to be precise... fat gives the soup more flavor). Add the sausage mixture to your Crockpot.

  2. Meanwhile, chop your carrots and celery. Add all ingredients except for the tortellini, spinach, cream, and salt & pepper to the Crockpot. Keep in mind that if you want the soup to cook in 3-4 hours, the carrots will have to be chopped pretty finely. If you're cooking it for 7-8 on low or 4-5 hours on high, you can chop them larger.

  3. About 30 minutes prior to serving, add in your cheese tortellini, cream, and spinach. Give it a stir occasionally. Season with salt & pepper as needed prior to serving. 

Recipe Notes

  • I used a 5-pack of Johnsonville mild Italian sausages. Anything in that ballpark will work quantity-wise (you can even use ground sausage meat if that's easier). Also, feel free to sub with spicy sausage!
  • The leftovers of this soup do soak up the broth a lot, so this soup is best eaten when it's fresh. I suggest adding more chicken broth to leftovers if you need to.
  • This is the 7-quart Crockpot I used to make this recipe. My Crockpot was pretty full by the time I added the tortellini. 
  • You can make this soup without the cream and it'll still taste good.