Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini Soup

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it.  It comes from Little Fellows.  This is my new FAVORITE soup!!  I love how easy it is!  I am modifying the recipe by recommending adding the spinach during the last hour, so that it will stay green and not turn brown, but it tastes fine either way.  I actually added some at the beginning, but couldn't fit it all.  I added the rest during the last hour, that is why you can see some green spinach and some that is brown'ish'.

Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:
1 bag of frozen tortellini (10-12 oz)
1 small bag of fresh spinach
2 cans of Italian style diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 box or 4 cups or chicken broth
1 block of cream cheese (8 oz), cut into cubes
1 lb. of roll(ground) sausage (I used hot)

Directions:  Brown the sausage and put all ingredients(except spinach, if you want it to stay green) in crock pot. Cook on low for 3-4 hrs.  If you don't add the spinach at the beginning, add it ~1 hour before serving.  If the 'sauce' is too thin, leave the lid off during the last 1/2 hour of cooking and it will thicken slightly.  I topped mine with some grated Parmesan cheese.
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19 comments:

  1. Do you think you could use refrigerated tortellini rather than frozen?

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    1. I'm sure the refrigerate tortellini would work great, but...I would wait until the last 30-60 minutes to add them.

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  2. Can vegetarians add vegetable broth instead of chicken broth?

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  3. Veg broth should work fine.

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  4. Made this yesterday and it was a big hit!!!

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  5. Can you use broccoli instead of spinach ?

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  6. Veg broth would work fine? That would also mean no sausage. What would you do to flavor the soup?

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  7. Do you have any idea of the nutritional facts per serving? :)

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  8. Do u drain the tomatoes first?

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    1. I don't drain the tomatoes first. I am making this for dinner tonight. Can't wait...so yummy!!

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  9. How much does it make? I have a 7+qt crock pot.

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    1. I'm not sure exactly how much it makes...between4-5 quarts, I would guess. I have a 5 qt crock pot and it fits perfectly.

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  10. Could you use crushed tomatoes instead of diced?

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    1. I'm sure you could. The 'sauce' would probably look a little more like tomato soup. Also, you might want to add some basil and oregano for flavor since the Italian style diced tomatoes have some herbs in them.

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  11. my bag of frozen tortellini is 20 oz. 10-12 oz seems small- is that correct?

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  12. This is amazing. I used regular canned tomatoes and a couple teaspoons of Italian Seasoning. So so good. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  13. I'm making my second pot of this today. Made it a couple of weeks ago and it was gobbled up by everyone! I pureed my tomatoes beforehand as I have some non chunky veggie lovers.

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  14. Do you think this would freeze well?

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