Friday, November 11, 2011

THE BEST Crockpot meal I've tried yet:

Crockpot Cheese Tortellini  

I made this for the first time last night and it was super super yummy! My hubby and son devoured all of it. Then begged for more! ...The response to this recipe has been fantastic. I am glad so many of you enjoy it.
*Vegetarian Option  

Above, I used ground sausage (pork, cooked before I added it)

Your ingredients! Here I tried chicken sausage (roasted garlic and asiago kind), as seen above.


The only prep work is to brown your sausage, whichever kind you choose.
This kind of chicken sausage, although fully cooked, just needs to be browned for extra flavor.


Ingredients:
1 (19oz) bag of frozen cheese tortellini
1 small bag of fresh spinach (I used about half of a 5 oz package, but more is better!)
2 (14.5 oz) cans of Italian style diced tomatoes, drained
1 block (8 oz) of cream cheese** (softened in microwave)
1 lb. of ground sausage or chicken/turkey sausage
3-4 cups of chicken broth (start with 3, add 1 more if it looks like it needs it)

Brown the sausage and put all ingredients in crockpot,
chunking up the cream cheese.
Cook on low for 4-6 hrs.

Serves 4-6

*Keep an eye on your tortellini, it may be done sooner.
*If still soupy, leave lid off for the last half hour or so of cooking.
*For a vegetarian version, omit sausage and use vegetable broth instead.

**If you use neufachtel (1/3 fat of cream cheese) be prepared that it doesn't melt as well and leaves little curds. 


How can these ingredients not be delicious?
But hey, I'll do anything to get Calvin to eat spinach like that.

Try it!!!!

191 comments:

kateekw said...

Neufchatel cheese will knock off 1/3 the fat.

Amanda said...

Do you drain your tomatoes?

Amanda said...

Your sauce looks so creamy, mine came out more liquidy and not as yellow

Smart and Tart. said...

I made this. I added more spinach and added water. I only cooked it for 4 hrs on low. It came out perfect!! Thanks fr the recipe :-)

Katie Deitrich said...

@Amanda I didn't drain my tomatoes. Next time try letting it simmer without the lid until it thickens up a bit. But haven't had a problem with that.

Emily said...

What size package was your tortellini? Mine doesn't have much sauce to it at all and I'm wondering if I used more tortellini and it absorbed it all?

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Katie Deitrich said...

Hi Emily,

I have used a frozen package and the kind in the specialty cooler section (by the cream cheese etc.) on different occasions. I can't remember the exact size, but I will adjust the recipe to be more specific. You are prob. right about too many tortellini soaking up the sauce. You can always add a bit more broth or water. Or you can not let it cook quite as long, which is what I usually do so the tortellini don't get overdone. :)

Valerie Hart said...

How many servings does this make? Trying to figure out the nutritional facts on my fitness pal.

Katie Deitrich said...

Hmmm, let's see... depending on the size package of tortellini, I would say 4-6 servings is that specific enough?

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Linda Isbell said...

What is roll sausage?

nancy lang said...

Roll sausage is "breakfast" sausage....comes in a wrapped on a little roll.

Katie Deitrich said...

Yes, that is a good way to describe it. Does it not have a more formal name? I couldn't think of how to describe it. Kind of like ground meat with seasoning in a plastic little tube.

Mary Guerre said...

Jmmy Dean type

Katie Deitrich said...

Yes! Perfect. Thank you.

Shadowlyte said...

I used fresh tomatoes, and chicken sausage. I had to add oregano, paprika, garlic,and basil, as well as a bit of sugar. tasted like a cheesy, creamy, soup.

Katie Deitrich said...

Yes, I've tried making it without the specific "italian style" diced tomatoes in the can. It really needs extra spices if you don't use that. :)

jw said...

Did you set the cockpot at low or high for a 5-6 hour cook time. I'm guessing low?

Katie Deitrich said...

Yes, low. And check it a little sooner, sometimes the tortellini is more than cooked.

Jessica Dean said...

This is one of the best crockpot meals I've ever made! Thank you! I cooked mine for 3 hours on high and it was cooked perfectly. Will be recommending to everyone!!

Katie Deitrich said...

Yay! So glad you enjoyed it! Isnt it great?!?!

jw said...

I made this last night and it was a success. Added a little bit of suger and garlic. It was yummy. My roommate and boyfriend loved it!!! I cooked it on high for an 1 and low for a couple more hours. I might have over cooked the noodles a little bit but it was still amazing. Thank you!!! I'll be cooking this again :)

Katie Deitrich said...

It's a crowd-pleaser :)

Amanda Jackson said...

What size can of tamatoes? I got 14.5 oz cans.

Amanda Jackson said...

Tomatoes*

Audra said...

Hey there, I think this looks amazing, but I have an extremely picky husband who can't stand tomatoes! Is there a different veggie I can replace this with, or do you think it would taste fine with the tomato omitted? Thanks!

Opal Naphaphone said...

I cant's seem to find frozen tortellini! Can I use fresh tortellini?

Katie Deitrich said...

Audra- You could try omitting the tomatoes. If you do that I would definitely add some spices that are in the italian style tomatoes, like garlic or garlic powder, italian seasoning and even a little sugar!

Katie Deitrich said...

Opal- Most bigger grocery stores have it frozan, but yes you can use the fresh kind too. Just cook on low and not for the full amount of time. :)

Hope that helps guys!

Melanie Van Blarcom said...

Made it with neufchatel cheese and turkey sausage. Big hit with the hubby, and my step-girls even ate some. I didn't have time for the crockpot and just made it on the stove and it turned out relish

Heather Axsom said...

how many srvings does this make? im looking to feed 4 adults and 2 kids will that be enough?

Katie Deitrich said...

If you serve it with a salad and bread it should be enough for 4 adults and 2 kids, but it really depends on what size tortellini package you use. You can always add more and more broth with it.

Katie Sechrist said...

I cooked this on high for 5 hours and the cream cheese didn't melt all the way. It still had microscopic grains of cream cheese, and was way too liquidy. I cooked on high without the lid for 30 more minutes and it was a little better. Still not creamy. After we ate I let it continue to cook for another 1.5 hours and it finally got creamy and lost all the liquid, but the noodles were overcooked. With some adjustments, this would be perfect because the flavor was excellent!

Katie Deitrich said...

I think you will have some differences based on your specific crockpot temps etc. Mine is usually way hotter and does not take so long. Could be that maybe the microscopic bits of cream cheese were tiny curds? Could have curdled if it got too hot,sometimes dairy products do weird things. Also, you can add the cream cheese later. Hope you figure out the adjustments needed. I think we all need to do that to perfect it.

Heather Axsom said...

Was the best meal I've cooked :) tastes even amazing for left over! Family and boyfriends parents were in love

Ashley Davidson said...

This was delicious! I worried about my sauce thickening also, especially when I added the tomatoes in all their juice, but I didn't need to. It turned out perfect. :)

I made a few changes also, like slightly less chicken broth and fresh tortellini, but I also swapped the sausage for chicken because my husband is so picky. I cubed the chicken and sprinkled with crushed red pepper while it was cooking, and it worked out fine!

MJ said...

Omg, this was great. This was amazing and easy. I had no trouble what so ever. Thanks for a new family dinner reciepe.

Wendy said...

I am wanting to possibly double this recipe to feed my family. Do you think this is possible with a normal large crock pot and if so, how does that change the cook time and temp? Thanks! Me hungry!!! :)

Katie Deitrich said...

I have a larger crockpot and I'm not sure once the noodles expand that it would all fit if doubled! Your options would be to either buy a larger bag of tortellini (or a bag and a half) and also add more broth to compensate. Or you could double it and cook on the stove in a larger pot. I would just double all ingredients (you could get away with 1.5 cream cheese blocks if you wanted). You can cook the tortellini according to package directions, with broth instead of water. Add the cream cheese for the last half hour of simmering and the cooked sausage, spinach canned tomatoes etc after that. Good luck!

Katie Deitrich said...

If you did cook on stove it would take a lot less time. basically cook the tortellini until done and then until the cream cheese melts and it all sort of gets flavorful together.

Beth Page said...

Made this last night. I placed it on high for three hours. It was amazing and perfect! It made a lot though...will probably half the recipe next time for my family of three. I can't wait to try the leftovers tonight! I am going to be thinking about it all day!

Beth Page said...

Also. I don't know a lot about tortellini. But I used 3 cheese. That was all what I found. Is there a plain kind? I wouldn't change what I used because it was delicious as is... Just curious....

Katie Deitrich said...

Glad you liked it Beth! I have seen other kinds too, like spinach or mushroom stuffed. You could proabably try it with different kinds of ravioli too! There's an idea...

Ms. Coffee said...

Was thinking about trying Italian sausage instead...do you think this would be a good idea?

Becca said...

I have this in my crock pot right now. We can't wait to taste it.

Katie Deitrich said...

Ms. Coffee, I'm sure you could use italian sausage. Do you mean like link style cut up?

Laura Grosvenor said...

Reading through these reviews crack me up! If you change it so much its not the recipe anymore. Ok, just put mine in the crockpot and will check in and let you know ow mine turns out. I did use ground italian sauasge...thats the only thing i did different....

JC594390 said...

What size can of tomatoes?

Katie Deitrich said...

14.5 oz. cans

Haute Mama said...

My cream cheese is still chunky and it's been almost 4 hours?? Is that normal?!

Maranda Dyer said...

Made this for dinner tonight for the first time and it was Amazing! I cooked it on the stovetop though and it was super easy and saved time, only about an hour total. I did not change anything about the receipe except for the cooking method and it was super yummy. Had some crusty Cibatta bread to soak up all the goodness. One of the best receipes I've pinned....thanks for sharing!

Tiffany said...

Has anyone done this without it the spinach?
still as good?
I'm looking for recipes to make out of stuff I already have in my pantry/fridge/freezer.
Plus I have one family member that doesn't like fresh spinach.

Lyz said...

I made this tonight and it was AMAZING! We used the 1/3 less fat cream cheese and Italian style chicken sausage. I also added a lot of extra veggies such as zucchini, yellow squash and carrots. My husband was chopping some cauliflower so we threw in a little of that as well. So good and a great way to hide/use extra veggies as well!

Edith said...

what's the size cream cheese you use? looking forward to making this!

Candy Cane said...

Made this last night and it was like everyone else is saying AMAZING! I also added a few vegetables. I added an onion, celery, and yellow pepper. I sauted them with the sausage meat when it was browned. Will definitely be making this often!... @Edith just the regular size of cream cheese 250g... Although I had an opened container and snuck a bit more in ;) probably about a 1/4 extra.

Ciera Thompson said...

Found this on pinterest and couldn't wait to try it! Yummo! Thanks for the great recipe

Christine said...

Mine was headed toward soupiness too so I added a some sour cream and let simmer on high with the lid off. About 8oz.

Edith said...

I went to the store tonight to get all the ingredients, and they were out of fresh spinach!!! So I bought an onion, a green pepper and a red pepper and sauteed them tonight. Will put everything in the crockpot tomorrow morning before leaving for work. Can't wait to try this. Thanks Candy Cane for confirming the size package of cream cheese. :-)

Amy E. said...

This recipe was spot on for a fantastic dinner. I used Nuefchatel to cut the fat, and low sodium broth. I added the broth as needed because I used fresh Boutoni. I estimate I used 2.5 to cook and an extra .5 c in leftover to compensate for soak up. High 1 hour, then low till noticed it was finished. Stirred once or twice. Used petite diced tomatoes no flavor and added a tsp. garlic and a little adobo seasoning. Thanks so much! We loved it!

Lauren Struwe said...

I'm cooking this tomorrow! So pumped!

mnbuck said...

Looking forward to serving this tonight. Curious if the 19oz bag of frozen tortellini is the correct size????

Rebecca said...

Re: the question about using Italian sausage: many stores sell "bulk" Italian sausage in trays like ground beef--no links to cut open, very convenient to use. Also, Bob Evans makes a one pound tube of the bulk Italian sausage (I believe it's green) in color that is in the refrigerated case with its breakfast sausage.

Bryce said...

if I can not start this until 2 and need it ready at 6, should I do an hour on high and then the rest on low??

Felicia Hernandez said...

this looks so good - i'll be making mine weight watchers friendly though, with fat free cream cheese and turkey sausage (hopefully it comes out as good as it looks!) thanks for posting!

Unknown said...

Has anybody used frozen spinach, I really want to try this, and frozen would be much more convenient then I can just keep all the ingredients in the freezer?

Jessica Ford said...

What size pasta do you use? I got a 13oz frozen bag of tortellini but it just looks so small and not enough. But I was afraid after reading reviews if I doubled the bag it would be to much for the juices and the crockpot. I can't wait to try this- we're having it tomorrow for dinner!!

gatormommy said...

What size is cream cheese? Full package. Also what can we do to prevent chunkiness of cream cheese or runny liquids as described in some previous posts. Makimg this now and excited!

Katie Deitrich said...

An 8 oz. cream cheese. I'm not sure what those people are doing that made theirs turn out that way...but I haven't had too much of a problem with that. Cooking times and temps are probably part of it. Just keep an eye on it and adjust by cooking longer or shorter depending on how it is looking. Sometimes if you add the cream cheese later, it melts better for some reason. I've noticed that the Neufchatel(1/3 less fat) kind of cheese acts differently and sometimes curdles if it gets too hot for too long. That's my best answer, hope it helps!

Katie Deitrich said...

@Jessica Ford the tortellini will expand quite a bit. I can't remember the exact size I used for the tortellini, I need to go to the store and refresh my memory. But as long as you have bread or something else to go with it, should be plenty. You could always try a bag and a half too.

Michelle Leone said...

I have some dried tortellini in the pantry - I'm guessing
I'll have to give them a little help before adding them in... thoughts?

CathieP said...

Sometimes if you use the generic brands of cream cheese they don't melt as well as a brand name one. Maybe this is the problem?

Danielle Bradford said...
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Danielle Bradford said...

I just made this tonight! I started it late on accident so i put the tomatoes tortellini and chicken broth in the crock-pot while i browned the sausage. put it on high for an hour and a half ish and its great! Probably should have let it thicken a bit more but was still delicious!

Alissa Coffelt said...

I'm making this right now and it almost seems like it would be better to cook on high in the crock pot without the tortelli to get the cream cheese to melt all the way them add the tortelli After. I'm using a 4-7 quart crock pot brand crock pot with a low high and warm setting and it seems to boil on high with would melt the cream cheese easier than the low setting.

kevin benedix said...

We had this last night it was really good . Next time i wont use a crock pot ill add all ingredients in a pot on the stove let it simmer for a while till cream cheese melts . Then ill serve it over tortellini .

Jessica Grimes said...

Made this - really tasty- Id cook on high for 3 hrs instead of low- to aid in cheese melting and to not let the pasta get too soggy. I also used hot Italian ground sausage. So YUMMY!

Shelby said...

This is a dumb question but can I make this without putting it in the crockpot?

Traketta Arrington said...

I am planning on cooking this on the stove tonight instead of a crock pot. What would be a god temperature to cook it on, and for how long? Also, is it best to cook all ingredients together on the stove, or add certain ingredients later?

Jessica Reel said...

This looks really good! Can I use a different kind of pasta than the tortellini?
www.lidpocket.com

Katie Deitrich said...

Yes, you can make it on the stove top! I have not done it myself, but I assume that it would be a similar method. Cook the pasta with broth and leave the broth in then add other ingredients and let simmer for a bit. Or someone else said they made the sauce separately and just poured over cooked pasta.

I have not tried other pastas, but I'm sure it would be great! I can see ravioli of different kinds being good too.

L said...

Making this now. The recipe notes on Pinterest didn't mention the sausage though. I guess I should have clicked to have gotten here first. I added a can of red beans for protein though, lets see how that turns out. If it's good, that might be a vegetarian option if used with vegetable broth as well?

Megan Alessi said...

This was unbelievably fantastic- I used Hot Italian sausage to make it spicy for the hubs. He loved it! He also hates soup, so I used half the stock. We're big eaters, and we had tons left- we will probably half it next time!

Amanda J said...

Made this last night...Very delicious meal! Living out of a hotel (working) so cooked sausage In The microwave and dumped all the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot....added some fully cooked kielbasa as well cut up because my hubby loves meat! All the road guys absolutely demolished the whole pot!!!!!! Spinach and all. Thank you for an easy meal to make on the road that is also great! They are already asking me to make it tomorrow night! Love it

Katie Deitrich said...

Wow! That is awesome, cooking in a hotel! What is it that you do? Just out of curiosity....Glad it was a big hit. I love the crockpot. So versatile.

Beth23 said...

Mine did not come out yellow in color. It's a pinkish. Did I do something wrong?

Tina Skolnekovich said...

Absolutely DELICIOUS! The entire family loved it....no leftovers either. Simple and easy.

Tasha said...

Maybe you should go back and change the recipe to reflect amounts/sizes of the ingridients.I am pretty good about guessing for a recipe, but many people are not. Plus it is just nice to have amounts to follow and then change as needed. Just a thought.
BTW it is called ground sausage. I plan to use ground Italian sweet sausage. Thanks for sharing your recipe. It looks so good!

plevin said...

I used sausage that is chicken with garlic and cheese inside, got it at SAMs club...should add additional flavor. I'm not adding tortellini until last two hours, don't like overcooked pasta from crockpot. Thanks for the recipe!

plevin said...

Turned out great with tortellini going in last two hours, could even put it in later.

LeAnn said...

Mine looks like pink soup. I think I should have drained the tomatoes.

thespicykraut said...

I tried this last night--Awesome! My husband said this recipe is a keeper. :) My 13-year old son liked it, too. The only changes I made were that I used a small block of frozen spinach and two small bags of frozen meatballs instead of the bulk sausage. And removing the lid for a half hour or so before eating will reduce some of the liquid. It was creamy and delish! Thank you for this recipe!

Jron7667 said...

You know guys, a recipe is just a guide line- no one in my family has ever cooked by measurements.. and sometimes you have to think for yourselves, figure things out, and adjust a recipe to your needs and your own crock-pot/stove top temps. I made this and it was very good, so I am probably sticking with the original -maybe use different sausages at different times. A big hit here!

Felishanicole88 said...

Being stuck on bedrest I need quick simple recipes to throw in the crockpot in the morning. This was delicious and so simple. My husband loved it, I loved it and my 5 year old even ate it all. Awesome, thank you!

Melissa Zuber said...

Have this in the crockpot now. I just know its going to be delicious! Smells wonderful!

Debra DeBenedetto said...

made this tonight and omg so yummy it's a keeper thanks for sharing

Nicole Olson said...

I read through the comments and didn't see a clarification on whether or not I should drain my tomatoes.. I'm planning to use a 20 oz package of tortellini. I'm planning to make this tomorrow, looking forward to it!

Kathleen Thomas said...

It was one of the first questions asked. She does not drain them.

zach family said...

That tells you that it is a great recipe. Take the basics of the recipe and create new ones! I was thinking chicken and orzo instead of tortellini and sausage......

The Myers Troop said...

I'm making this for the Teacher Appreciation soup luncheon that's at the elementary school tomorrow. I'm a working mom and trying to find the best time to make this. It needs to be ready by 7:15 a.m. tomorrow. I really don't want to wake up at 2:00 a.m. to turn on the slow cooker to cook on low for 5 hours! What do you suggest? Thank you!

The Myers Troop said...

Maybe I should cook on the stove in the a.m. and then move it to the crock pot before I drop it off at school to keep it warm. That way I won't have to wake up before the crack of dawn and can instead at my usual time of 6 a.m.!

Chrissy said...

hello :) i made this today for my 4 kiddos and myself (hubby was working but will be home soon to eat his). it was a huge hit! the 16 yr old said it was the best thing i have ever made (coming from one who doesnt care for spinach nor tomatoes)! HA! the 12 yr old loved it and the 16 month old tore it up! the 4 yr old is picky and wouldn't even try it :/ i liked it more after it cooled off a bit and thickened up. i kept it all pretty much the same tweaking it just a tad.

Ingredients that i used:
1 (19oz) bag of frozen cheese tortellini
1 bag of fresh spinach (I used a full 6 oz. package)
1 (28 oz.) can of Italian style diced tomatoes, NOT drained (i used all the juice)!!
1 block (8 oz.) of cream cheese
1 lb. roll of ground sausage (bob evans, original)
4 cups of chicken broth

i crumbled and cooked the sausage first in a skillet. softened the cream cheese in the microwave for a minute or so then placed it in a 7qt crock pot (a bit big for this but it still worked). added the sausage over the cream cheese, tortellini, spinach, tomatoes w/ juice, chicken broth. cooked on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hrs, stirring occasionally. the crock was set for 4 hrs. on high then it switches to "warm" mode. the kids were home from school before i was home, therefore, that's why they ate it at the 2.5 or 3 hr. mark. lol. the sauce thickened upon standing. delish!! will def make this again!

thanks for sharing!!

also, call me crazy lol but did you update the ingredient list today?? to show the size of the packages/containers that you used? seriously, i might be losing my mind but i SWEAR when i pulled the recipe to buy the items, and to actually make it today, i SWEAR the "details" were not included in the ingredient list. i am almost sure of this as i read thru the comments to see if i needed 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes, and whether or not to drain them. i opted not to drain them as i wanted to be sure the mix stayed wet thinking the pasta would absorb a lot of the liquid. anyways, great recipe!

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The Myers Troop said...

I made it and it was a success! I think all the elementary teachers are going to really like it, hopefully anyway. :) So I went ahead and decided to cook it in the crock pot anyway, even though I think it would be just as good if cooked on the stove. I first browned the sausage (Owens flavored with sage); I then drained it and poured it over the top of my so-called cubed cream cheese. I then added the tomatoes (undrained), fresh spinach, chicken broth and tortellini. I used a 9 oz bag of the refrigerated kind and also some left over in the freezer, so about 12 oz total. I needed more than the 4 cups broth that the recipe calls for, so I used 1/2 a box that I had in the fridge. I also added some water until I reached the desired consistency, considering the tortellini would expand while cooking. I woke up at 4:25am and checked it, tasted it and turned it off. Needless to say, I went back to bed! When I woke up at 6:30, I turned it back on until I was out the door at 7:20. It turned out great and I can't wait to make it for my family! And I love that it is so easy!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Katie Deitrich said...

Haha! I did update the ingredients list to show sizes and posted a pic of the ingredients as well. I thought that might help some people out. As far as draining the tomatoes, I sometimes don't, its more of a personal preference for how soupy you like it. Also, the more spinach the better! Chrissy-so glad your family LOVED it! Yeah!

Katie Deitrich said...

The Myers Troop- Glad it worked out for your teacher's luncheon. It sounds like you worked out a great plan to get it cooked in time. :)

Lisa Z said...

Thought I was going crazy too for a second! ha ha... at first I thought "How did I miss this before???" when I noticed the changes. Thanks for updating the ingredients with package sizes! :) I buy my tortellini at Costco and wasn't sure about the package size in comparison to what you use, now I can compensate properly without the trial and error! :) I'm so excited to try this recipe! Will be doing it stovetop tonight so I don't have to wait until tomorrow when I have time for the crock pot! ...Thanks for sharing!!

leeanndunton said...

This sounds so great. If I can find some vegan cheese tortellini, I'm going to attempt to make a vegan version of this. All of the other ingredients are super easy to veganize. Yum!

leeanndunton said...

This sounds so great. If I can find some vegan cheese tortellini, I'm going to attempt to make a vegan version of this. All of the other ingredients are super easy to veganize. Yum!

Mandy Siloy said...

I tried this and it was unfortunately very sour tasting and the cream cheese was not broken down. I even cooked it for additional time. Was not a fan...

Kristol Brock said...

I made this today and it is SO good!!!! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

Karen Allen said...

I tried this using all Kroger brand items which made it about $10. I bought the Kroger sweet Italian ground sausage in the fresh meat section and used one of the frozen packages of chopped spinach. I did not dran the tomatoes. I thought turn out really well. My one year old loves it!

Kellicipes said...

I thought I posted this the other day but it did not show up. I followed the recipe to a "T" but it turned out to be a huge disaster. Hardly any sauce, just a mush of tortellini, spinach and tomatoes. Not sure where I went wrong! I was so hoping this would turn out well after all the good reviews and even a friend of mine made it and said it was delicious. The only thing that I can think of is that I used the refrigerated tortellini from the store and not frozen. Could that make all the difference? I just don't get it.

Karen Allen said...

it may be the refrigeratored tortellini. even the frozen gets done before thr sauce it done. I would try putting the tortellini in a couple hours after you start the rest

Kellicipes said...

I definitely want to try this again, I just hate to waste food. I mean, we had to throw the whole thing out, it wasn't even edible. I suppose you are right, I will try next time to just make the sauce with the sausage and then add the tortellini in at a later time. :( I was so disappointed.

Katie Deitrich said...

I have made it before with the refrigerated tortellini and it also came out super mushy. I agree with the other lady about waiting to put the tortellini in after two hours or so. Sorry it didn't turn out for you the first time. Just keep an eye on it, sometimes it will be done before the alloted time. But it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.

Bethany said...

Has anyone tried this with dried tortellini? We have some that I want to use.

Katie Deitrich said...

I have not tried dried tortellini. I assume the soak time or amount of liquid would need to be adjusted...? Good Luck!

Rachael Soto said...

Has anyone tried making this using ground beef instead of the sausage?

Jennifer Johnstone said...

Mine is in the crockpot now. As a note to those of you who can't find frozen tortellini - I just bought fresh tortellini and then froze it. Simple. As a person who uses crockpots often, I think it's important that the pasta is frozen when entering the crockpot. If it's not, your noodles will be overcooked for sure. I'll let you know how mine turns out.

Kim Vicario said...

I made this tonight on the stove. I browned chicken sausage In a pot then added all ingredients except tortellini in. I also added minced garlic, oregano and parsley. I let the pot boil with lid on. The took lid off to let it simmer and thicken up. Added tortellini in last 7 minutes. It was delish! The family loved it and it was so easy! From start to finish this took about 50 minutes on the stove. This is definitely a keeper! Thanks for posting!

Bethany said...
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Bethany said...

Just wanted to come back to say that I tried it with dried tortellini and it was delicious! To use the dried tortellini instead of frozen, just cook everything else according to the directions, but wait to add the tortellini until 25-30 minutes before you're ready to eat. Turn the crockpot to high for the last 25-30 minutes to cook the tortellini. It was cooked perfectly! Thanks so much for this recipe!

boshea said...

Just made ths. So yummy! I cooked on high for 3 hours with refrigerated tortellini. I did not drain tomatoes and mine looks orange yellowish Does make a lot! Good to save. Also did ground Italian sausage

crystal decker said...

We loved this recipe! I was worried about the tortellini over cooking with my long day at work so I saved it for the stovetop. I also made it vegetarian. Yummy. Start to finish 30 mins. Definitely going to be a regular dinner for my family!

Katie Deitrich said...

So glad you liked it! I haven't made it on the stove top, but I'm sure it is just as good.I like that it is versatile too. I have made it without meat a few times when the grocery bill was tighter. It is just as good I think. I also think I prefer the ground sausage to the links now that I've tried both.

lori0178 said...

Mine is in the crockpot - I wish I'd read the comments before hand.... Here's hoping the tortellini comes out ok!:)

mamaof4 said...

I started to read all the comments, but there are so many. I have a daughter that has an egg allergy. I am making this now, but I cannot use the tortellini because it has eggs in it. Will regular pasta cook ok in this?

s.duane said...

the flavor of this was nice, my family liked it. my cream cheese didn't melt though i had little white bits throughout so i'm not sure what i did wrong. otherwise it was good.

Jeanne said...

YUMMMM!!! I just made this and it is cooling as not to burn my sweet kids mouths. I was crunched for time so here is what I did. I cooked my sausage and after it was fully cooked I added my cubed cream cheese. That way I felt it would melt fully and not have the white bloobs like other commenters had. Instead of using straight chicken broth, I used a combination of water, the liquid from the drained tomatoes and chicken base and only made 3 cups of it. I did not want it too soupy since I was cutting the cooking time down. I added about 1/2 cup to my pan just to get my cream cheese smooth. Then I slowly added the rest of the liquids and the ingredients. It cooked (simmered) for about 15 minutes until the fresh tortellini was done. SO fast and so easy!!! Now, I just hope the kids like it. I loved it!

Janessa Couch said...

Just made this and it is AMAZING!!!! So glad that I doubled the recipe so I can have leftovers. It is so creamy. Had to leave the crockpot lid off for 1/2 hour for it to thicken but it was absolutely perfect. All of my kids loved it!!!

Trish said...

I've always heard of it referred to as bulk sausage! ;-)

Janessa Couch said...

I have only used the mild italian sausage, not sure how the ground beef would taste. I think it will be fine. Love love love this recipe!

Jamie said...

Soooo happy I tried this! A meal that only takes seconds to throw together AND tastes delicious! Win Win!

Laura said...

Made this tonight for dinner on the stove top. Used Neufchatel cheese light chicken/pork sausage and Costco's tri-color three cheese tortellini. Sopped up the broth with a little Italian bread. Yum! The whole family loved it!

brittney reilly said...

This came out really good! I added some ground hamburger to it. I would have normally used sausage, but I didn't have it on hand. I also added some garlic and diced onions too. Everyone loved it :)

Lisa said...

Followed recipe exactly. After 3 1/2 hrs on low, noodles were too soft, it was pink and runny (I did drain the tomatoes), and I had the same problem with the cream cheese not completely melting. I don't get it. :(

Christy Y said...

Excellent recipe and so easy. I have made this several times after finding it on Pinterest and it has been well liked by everyone! I make it exactly as posted, other than I add more spinach.

Disneypal said...

Just FYI - looks like someone stole your blog post and photo without giving you proper credit - thought you'd want to know

http://pinterest-healthy-snack-recipes.blogspot.jp/2013/01/healthy-snack-recipes.html

shyski said...

I am making this right now!! However, my hubby bought the ingredients and he got Italian Seasoned ground turkey. I would have preferred sausage...but oh well. Got started a little late, so I'm trying it at high for 3 hours like someone suggested. Hoping it tastes as good as it looks!

The Macons said...

This was awesome! Easy and good!

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.suz. said...

this is my new favorite 'go-to' recipe! even my hubby and teen boys love it! i took the lazy, short cut and bought the jimmy dean precooked turkey sausage crumbles and it worked out fab! not sure if you know this, but this recipe officially makes you my new bff! many thanks!

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, I seriously love this recipe! I use turkey sausage and greek cream cheese (double the protein). So creamy and comforting!

Katie Deitrich said...

Thank you Suz! I didn't know they made greek cream cheese! I love that. Glad we are now bff's. :)

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Hi, Katie! I saw your recipe featured at The Thriftiness Miss (http://www.thethriftinessmiss.com/2013/06/summer-slow-cooker-recipes.html) and I'm so glad I clicked through to your recipe, looks delicious!! PInning ;) Thanks so much for sharing! Have a fabulous week and a terrific 4th!! :)

Unknown said...

Do you think frozen spinach would be OK?

Debbie Bammann said...

In crock pot now, I have the lid off hoping it will thicken.Used sweet Italian sausage, diced tomatoes and added my own spices.

miss donna said...

found this via Pinterest...making my list to head to the store now!

Cheryl T said...

I too found this on Pinterest the other day and made it last night. AWESOME!! I used an entire bag of fresh spinach, added in fresh button mushrooms, hot italian ground sausage and garlic. OMG!!! It was SO good! Cooked it on High for 3 hours. The tortellini was kinda mushy (still tasty though). Think next time I'll wait and toss in the tortellini the last hour.

Andrea said...

Made this tonight. It was tasty and easy. Pretty much followed the directions as written. I used a garlic chicken sausage. I just threw in a little extra Italian seasoning. First hour on high, and about 3 more hours on low. The only thing is, the cream cheese didn't quite fully melt. There was some floating chunks. Maybe it's because it went straight from the fridge to the crock pot with no softening time, not sure. Also, the tortellini was quite soft and well apart. I will make again, but make a few revisions, maybe make on the stove. Thanks for the yummy meal!

BurgundyLee said...

I used Johnsonville Italian sausage links, 3 sweet Italian & 2 four cheese. I put them in a skillet with enough water to come half way up the sausages. I put the lid on & steamed until they were firm & then cut them in half & sliced them & put them back in the skillet (sans water) to brown. In the crockpot I added some salt & pepper, sliced fresh mushrooms, & garlic powder. I added some sliced green onions in the last ten minutes. I started too late, so when I noticed that the tortellini were done, I transferred it to a pot on the stove to get the broth hotter. The cream cheese seemed to melt for the most part, there were only a few flecks of white. I used one can of roasted garlic & onion tomatoes & one can of Italian. I'm wondering if the reason some people's is winding up pink (such as mine) is because some diced tomatoes are more watery, whereas some, like the ones I used, are basically a can of super chunky tomato sauce. I sprinkled grated parmesan on my serving. It was amazing!! One of the best things I've ever eaten! The broth was so flavorful! My parents loved it as well. We ate it with buttered Crusty French Rolls.

BurgundyLee said...

I forgot that I also wound up adding 1 3/4 - 2 cups more of broth.

Trish West said...

I found this recipe on Pinterest and have it in the slow cooker as we speak. I used all organic indigence and did turkey sausage instead. It was done in 3 hours, 4hrs would have made my tortellini mushy. It taste so amazing and I have been sneaking back and fourth to the kitchen to dip bread in in while I wait for the husband to get home. Thanks, this is defiantly a keeper!!!!

agent orange said...

Did not like this recipe at all. It was really soupy and bitter tasting. Had to add tons of garlic powder and parmesan to make it edible. Wouldn't recommend it.

Vicki C said...

I made this last night and it turned out perfect! I used Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage and also about 8 breakfast sausages because that is what I had in my freezer. I followed the directions just as written and it came out perfect! Was not watery and tortellini was cooked perfectly al dente. I have a newer crock pot and it seems to cook hotter than my older one so I kept an eye on this.Cooked on high for about 2.5-3 hrs , great! Leftovers were great today.

KrissyDarling said...

Im the most terrible cook ever! But I try these crock pot meals because they are easier. I just now put all the ingredients in but my sauce is a red color from the tomatoes and not a yellow color like yours.. and its filled to the rim of my crock pot... I'm scared its gunna overflow. I hope it turns out good tho!
Is it ok to add garlic powder and onion powder for flavour? Because I added a little bit, not a whole lot!

Katie Deitrich said...

Did you drain the tomatoes? You should. Also, you should put "Italian style" diced tomatoes which have added garlic and oregano etc. but if you used regular diced tomatoes I def recommend adding quite a bit of garlic powder and Italian seasoning, maybe salt too. Good luck!

Sharalyn said...

Several commented that their cream cheese was not perfectly "melted", remained chunky or grainy. I would just say that I have had trouble when I've used some store brands of cream cheese. For most things, I still with Philadelphia as I've never had any issues with it.

I have not tried this recipe yet, but I am going to print it off now so that I can. Sounds great!

Nellie Dee said...

This is in the crock pot right now. It smells so amazing. I somehow missed the part about draining the tomatoes, so I will leave the cover off for the last half hour. (The tortellini is done, but it's soupier and less cheesy than your picture, but it still tastes amazing.)

Amy Schraub said...

I made this very recently, DAMN! Unbelievably good! I added extra spinach and artichoke hearts. My hubby and I both could not get over how good it was. I also used Neufchatel cheese, but i'm tempted to try it without it or cream cheese, i think it would be just as good and then a bit healthier. thanks for this fabulous recipe.

Amy Schraub said...

forgot to mention, i cooked this stove top and it was perfect.

Coty Sandberg said...

@Katie... recipe Calls For Drained Tomatoes, But You Said You Didn't Drain Yours... So, Do NOT Drain Them, Correct? Thanks!

Katie Deitrich said...

No Drain your tomatoes! It will make it less reddish pink. Sorry for the confusion.

Lindsey said...

I featured this recipe on my blog, goodjujublog.blogspot.com!

We can not wait to try some cozy meals this week, and yours fit the bill!

Amy said...

I tried this a few months ago and cooked it for 6 hours. The consistency was too mushy, but the flavor was awesome. I made it again tonight and cooked it for 3 1/2 hours at it's awesome! Great recipe--so easy, so good! THANK YOU!

Denise Mortensen said...

Your directions say to drain them.

Kimberly Carney said...

Tip: for roll sausage you can also use brats just cut the casings off. But you line a cookie sheet with foil and break it up with your hands so you have scrambled looking raw sausage on your cookie sheet. Then bake at 350 for 20 min, and have perfectly cooked/browned sausage for soups with easy clean up. :)

Rachelle Ramsay said...

has anyone tried freezing it afterwards? i like to cook up a bunch of stuff and freeze for grab and go lunches for work, just wondering if the tortellini goes mushy?

Monica Mikucki McKeen said...

I was wondering the same thing as another poster: what is the best way to reheat this from frozen? When I made this for my family, I would just reheat any leftovers in the microwave however, I made a batch for a friend and put it in a freezer bag. She just took it out today for tomorrow's dinner. Any suggestions on reheating from frozen? I don't want it to turn out mushy.

Jeffrey Jennings said...

I made this last night and it was to die for! Instead of the cream cheese, I used heavy whipping cream. Not a fan of cream cheese, except for in desserts. Perfect food for this cold weather!

MomAThaEm said...

Wondering if this would work as a freezer meal? Definitely would keep the pasta separate until cooking...

Katie Deitrich said...

I think it would work as a freezer meal, though not too sure about the cream cheese being frozen, haven't done that one before. But you could cook your meat, add tomatoes and spinach to a freezer bag and freeze that for sure. Let me know how it goes!

Katie Deitrich said...

I think it would work as a freezer meal, though not too sure about the cream cheese being frozen, haven't done that one before. But you could cook your meat, add tomatoes and spinach to a freezer bag and freeze that for sure. Let me know how it goes!

Trish Smith said...

I have this in my crockpot right now!! It looks pretty good and smells pretty good! I used turkey burger instead of sausage. I also added some garlic powder, paprika, and some poultry seasoning!

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Michael Rizzo said...

First attempt failed miserably. I believe your slow cooker must be much lower powered then mine. The first disaster I on high at 4 hours over cooked and the cheese had seperated rather then blended. Next time I read the comments and tried 2 hours high then stir and 1 hour low. Still a bit overdone but the sauce was better. Third time had all the ingrediants except tortellini so I substitued dry pasta and used the same 2 hours high, 1/2 low and stirred more often. Sauce perfect pasta just a tad overdone.
Thanks for a great recipe.

Liselle Parry said...

Hi Katie. This looks so delicious! I am wondering if you have tried this as a freezer meal or not? of corse cooking the meat beforehand, but just throwing all of the ingredients into a bag and freezing it?

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KStevenson said...

I have made this a couple times and it is great! It also makes A LOT so I can eat it for lunch throughout the week. The only change that I had to make was to add the tortellini into the crockpot when there was only 3 hours left so that it wouldn't overcook.

Christi said...

I am thinking about making this tomorrow night for my husband and son. I have a question for you though. My husband isn't much of a stuff pasta eater really, so what are your thoughts on using frozen egg noodles? I know people have used those in crockpots to make beef stroganoff , although I have never and not sure how its done. Wondering if that would be a decent substitute. Your input would be awesome. Thank you!

Cheryl Warren said...

I can't tell you many times I have made this..It is so delish. Only thing is I have never made it in the crockpot alway on the stove! I use the chicken sausage and lowfat cream cheese and for the cans of tomatoes I use one can Rotel mild tomatoes and a spicy diced tomatoes or with garlic.. some times I add in more garlic powder and italian seasoning but normally it is not needed. I never have hardly any leftovers or none.

Katie Deitrich said...

Christi, thanks for your question! I think the trick with any pasta is that it doesn't take very long to cook the noodles in a crockpot. Probably less for egg noodles than frozen tortellini. I would just cook the sauce in the crockpot and when it is almost time to serve, cook the noodles separately on the stove and pour them in and let it set for a little while like 10 minutes. Good luck!

Katie Deitrich said...

Liselle- Hi! I actually have made this as a freezer meal all in one big gallon freezer bag. I cooked the meat and put the rest of the ingredients in there with the tortellini in a separate bag already frozen. I believe it worked, although I don't remember all that well. Good luck!

Helen Harris said...

It looks delicious...Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I am going to try this one Thanks for sharing it here

Unknown said...

Have you ever used dried tortellini? Thanks!

Diana Horger said...

Made this today, added chicken just to check it out.. this turns out great every time for me! I also use frozen Gnocchi rather than Tortellini simply because that is what I have on hand. Also, no broth so used chicken cubes and water to make the broth.. EXCELLENT!!!!

Jennifer Ward said...

THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!!THIS IS A VERY GOOD RECIPE MAKING IT AGAIN AFTER 3 WEEKS PER REQUEST OF MY OLDEST DAUGHTER!!!...I CAN SAY THAT IT DOES ONLY TAKE 3 1/2 HOURS FOR THE SOUP TO GET DONE BUT ME I ALWAYS FOLLOW OUT THE FULL DIRECTIONS AND THE NOODLES WERE OVER COOKED BY THE 5TH HOUR!!,, BUT IT WAS SOO YUMMY!! THAT NO ONE NOTICED
THANKS AGAIN!!!

Genevieve W. said...

Found this recipe via pinterest. I have to say, I have tried a lot of different crock pot recipes, via pinterest, and this was by far my honey's favorite. And SO easy. Thank you so much!

 
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