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Meal Monday: Crockpot Tortellini Soup



My 2014 winter meals can be summed up by two things: the crockpot and tortellini.  Obviously I had to combine the two and the result was nothing short of amazing!  We are still suffering from freezing cold temps in Chicago and there is nothing better than a bowl of steaming hot soup on a cold winter day.  This creamy, hearty soup will make everyone in your family happy.

Shopping List
18 oz frozen tortellini (make sure you use FROZEN, not fresh - fresh will have a much different cooking time)
24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce (I used tomato basil garlic)
1 lb browned italian sausage (I used sweet)
32 oz chicken broth
8 oz cream cheese (don't use fat free/low fat because it won't melt correctly)
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 carrot stalks, chopped


Directions
1) In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown your sausage.  Make sure to not cook all the way through - the center should still be pink!  Takes about 3-5 minutes.


2) While sausage is browning, chop up onion and carrots.


3) In crockpot, layer spaghetti sauce, browned sausage, cream cheese, chicken broth, carrots and onion.


4) Turn crockpot on high and cook for 2.5-3 hours.

5) With 20 minutes left, stir in frozen tortellini.

6) Cook for 20 minutes at high heat.

7) Turn crockpot off and stir VERY well to get out all the cream cheese chunks.

8) Serve topped with parmesan cheese.

Sorry my pictures ended after step 3.  I was at work so my husband had to finish the meal himself - it's so easy it's even husband proof!  And for my sweet friend Courtney, prep time was about 15 minutes and cook time was an additional 3 hours :)

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20 comments

  1. Omg this soup looks amazing! My husband would love it!!

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  2. Why must you do this to me every Monday?! Looks really hearty and good! Happy Monday!

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  3. This looks so yummy! Make sure you link it up tomorrow on my and Emily's brand new recipe swap link up tomorrow ;-)

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  4. Totally adding this one to my crockpot recipes! Gavin somehow still manages to mess up crockpot recipes tho lol still working on that one with him! Happy Monday!!

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  5. Love me some crockpot recipes :) And what a fun giveaway!

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  6. That soup looks amazing!! Love the giveaway, doll!!! Entering now :) Xx.

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  7. This is such a good idea! Pasta in the crockpot! And my husband would probably love the sausage added in- sometimes he's not a fan of just regular ravioli or tortellini if there's no meat involved!

    Also, trying out the baked potato soup recipe today!

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  8. I'm not usually a soup fan but that sounds good!

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  9. That soup sounds delish!! I am entering this giveaway now! Yay!

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  10. I love anything in the crockpot and I have been terrible about dinner lately!

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  11. This is happening except I'll use something to sub in for the pasta. Probably more veggies like cauliflower?

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  12. That recipe looks delish! I will be trying this one out soon...thanks for sharing!

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  13. Aaaand I will be making this. My favorite non-frozen pasta is called "Rana". You can find it right next to the Bertolli. Try it, it's the best thing ever. My grocery was all out of it yesterday and I made them check in the back to make sure! hah!

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  14. TORTELLINI how i miss you!!! Since becoming lactose intolerant I have had to miss out on my favorite 3 cheese tortellini :( But it looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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  15. You had me at tortellini and cream cheese! Yeah for giveaways!!!

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  16. Oh my goodness you can't post things like this...I just want to eat it right now! Looks delish!

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  17. I love tortellini soup. I've never done it in the crock. It looks great!

    Stopping by from the link up.

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  18. This looks yummy!!! I make a tortellini sausage one too but find that my tortellini sucks up all the juices! How do you keep this from happening!?!?

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