Easy Slow-Cooker Tortellini


This tortellini recipe is excellent for a slow cooker. Keep an eye on your tortellini, as it may be done sooner. If it looks soupy, leave the lid off for the last half hour or so of cooking. For a vegetarian version, omit sausage and use vegetable broth instead!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground sausage

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained

  • 19 ounces frozen cheese tortellini

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese

  • 1 (5 ounce) package fresh spinach, or more to taste

  • 4 cups chicken broth


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer sausage to a slow cooker.

  2. Pour diced tomatoes, tortellini, Neufchatel cheese, spinach, and chicken broth into the slow cooker, making sure to chunk up cheese throughout the mixture.

  3. Cover and cook on Low until tortellini has become tender, 4 to 6 hours.

Cook's Note:

You can use cream cheese instead of Neufchatel. Try chicken sausage or turkey sausage, or even just chicken instead of pork sausage, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

609 Calories
33g Fat
48g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 609
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 2159mg 94%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 18mg 89%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 531mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.