This tortellini soup for the slow cooker satisfies a hungry appetite with lots of protein and outstanding flavor. It's made with Italian sausage, diced tomatoes, and cheese tortellini.
The easy 10-ingredient prep is complete in 15 minutes. Once the Italian sausage, onion, and garlic mixture has been browned, the rest of the preparation is very quick.
The tortellini will simply fall apart if it's added at the start with the other ingredients. That's why you'll wait until about 15 minutes before you're ready to eat. Then you'll have tender, delicious bites of cheese-filled pasta in your soup. Yum!
Tortellini is a dumpling made from small circles of fresh egg pasta. A small amount of filling is placed in the center of each circle. The dough is then folded around the filling and pinched so that it forms a little “hat” or “navel” shape.
When shopping for tortellini, you can find it in the dried pasta aisle, cold and tender in the refrigerated section, or very cold and solid in the freezer section. For this recipe, we used a package of dried cheese tortellini. Since this option can be purchased weeks in advance, it's a great option for busy people on the go and means one less item for your immediate shopping list.
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken stock or broth
2 teaspoons dried basil (or 4 teaspoons fresh basil, finely chopped)
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 3 teaspoons fresh oregano, finely chopped)
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes (or 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped)
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
12 ounce package dried cheese tortellini
Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
*If you enjoy spinach in your soup, you could add two handfuls of fresh baby spinach when you add the cheese tortellini.
Poggioli, Sylvia. "Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel." NPR.org. Last modified August 27, 2013. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/08/27/210555719/tortellini-the-dumpling-inspired-by-venus-navel.