Crock Pot Cheesy Tortellini

Vickie Parks


This is so easy to prepare and quite tasty, at least we thought so.

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10 Min


3 Hr 30 Min


Slow Cooker Crock Pot


1 lb
ground sausage
8 oz
low-fat cream cheese
19 oz
frozen cheese tortellini
5 oz
fresh baby spinach (i used all of a 6-oz bag, and it worked well)
28 oz
italian-style diced tomatoes (do not drain)
3-4 c
low-sodium chicken broth (start with 3 cups and add 1 (or more) cups as needed for consistency)
2 tsp
fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp
dried oregano

Directions Step-By-Step

Brown the sausage in a skillet. Drain fat, and add cooked sausage to crock pot.
Slice cream cheese into several small chunks and soften (about 30 seconds or so) in microwave oven to help it melt thoroughly during slow cooking. Add softened cream cheese to crock pot.
Add all remaining ingredients to crock pot. Place lid on crock pot, cook on low for 3 1/2 to 5 hours, stirring about half through the cooking time, or until tortellini is cooked through and the sauce is of a creamy texture. Stir well, and serve hot.

If sauce is too "soupy", leave lid on for last half hour or so of cooking.

If you use nuefchatel cheese (instead of low-fat cream cheese), keep in mind that it doesn't melt as thoroughly as cream cheese, and it tends to leave small curds.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy