The month of October is being dedicated to soups. I love starting a crock pot meal in the morning, especially during the fall months, and coming home to our house smelling delicious! Therefore, be prepared for some great soup recipes over the next 5 Wednesdays.
I’m proud to say that I have some Italian roots in my heritage that I enjoy embracing throughout my cooking. Don’t know if the hubby enjoys it as much, but I like to think he does :)
Tortellini are a fantastic invention from the Italians. For those of you out there who do not know what they are, you’ve definitely been missing out. They are a ring-shaped pasta that is stuff with meat, cheese and/or spinach.
They are sometimes described as a pregnant women’s belly button because of their shape. Odd, isn’t it?!
Moving on. I combined these delish little creations with some other ingredients to create a quick and painless soup. Enjoy!
What You’ll Need:
- 1 bag (19 oz or so) of Frozen Tortellini (whatever flavor you desire)
- 1 bag of Fresh Spinach
- 2 cans of Italian-Style Diced Tomatoes
- 1 lb. of Ground Chicken Sausage (OR Italian flavored Turkey sausage)
- 3 cans of Chicken Broth (OR 5 cups OR 5 Bouillon cubes & 5 cups of water)
- 1 cup of Water
Here’s How You Make It:
Cook the sausage in a skillet. Drain any extra fat and set aside. (For me, I cooked mine the night before for ease).
Spray the crockpot with non-stick spray, so the tortellini doesn’t stick. Then add the tomatoes (and their juice), plus the chicken broth and water, to the crockpot.
Next, add the cooked sausage.
The spinach is next. For this, add as little or as much as you like. We really like spinach in our household, so I always add quite a bit.
Lastly, add the tortellini to the mixture and make sure to stir.
Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. If your crockpot is like mine, it switches to warm after the time is up, which is great! If yours doesn’t, it can be cooked on LOW for 8 hours, no problem.
The noodles will soak up the majority of the liquid. Resulting in this look:
If you want a little more liquid, there are a couple of options. You can add some more water and let it simmer on low for another 30 minutes. OR You can let it simmer on HIGH without the liquid for a little while. I usually choose the water bit. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy this tasty treat.
Want to print off a recipe card? Click here: Tortellini Soup Recipe Card