This Creamy Crockpot Tortellini is a pasta dish the whole family will love! Made with sausage, spinach, tomatoes, cream cheese, and tortellini it is perfectly creamy & delicious.
Creamy pasta like crockpot tortellini is perfect for a rainy day indoors or after everyone gets home from work, school, or sports! Even better when served with a slice of garlic bread to soak up the extra sauce!
Slow Cooker Pasta Ingredients
A hearty blend of sausage, spinach, tomatoes, with cream cheese, and frozen tortellini, all cooked together in a crockpot and slow-cooked for a few hours. Just set it and forget it!
- If using frozen spinach, simply add to the slow cooker.
- If using fresh spinach, remove the stems before you toss it in the crockpot and chop finely.
- Ground sausage, beef, chicken, or Italian sausage links are also good in this recipe. Be sure to cook them first so you can drain any fat.
- This recipe uses frozen tortellini to ensure it doesn’t overcook. No need to thaw or pre-cook.
How to Make Crockpot Tortellini
The slow cooker is perfect for seemingly fancy recipes like Chicken Cacciatore or making easy, cheesy recipes like this one look like you worked all day!
- Brown sausage and onions (per recipe below).
- Drain and place the meat mixture and all the other ingredients in a 6 qt slow cooker.
It really IS that easy! You can even prepare it in advance and toss all the ingredients together while you do other things!
Do Not Overcook
In just a few hours this Crockpot sausage tortellini will be hot, bubbly, cheesy, and ready to serve! Tortellini doesn’t need long to cook, even right from frozen so be sure you check it after about 2 1/2 hours.
Once it’s done cooking, you’ll still see the cream cheese in cubes. Simply give it a stir until it’s all combined and creamy. Add some garlic bread, or croutons and a crisp green salad and dinner is served!
Saving/Reheating Creamy Crockpot Tortellini
If there’s any left, right? This awesome cheese tortellini and sausage entrée reheats perfectly on the stovetop or in the microwave! This is what makes it so great to take to work or school! It heats up super easy! Feel free to ‘freshen’ it up a bit with some salt and pepper or extra Italian seasoning.
Easy Crockpot Recipes
- Lasagna Soup – perfect weeknight dinner!
- Meatballs – tender & delicious ontop pasta!
- Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna – made with ravioli
- Mac and Cheese – comfort food at it’s best!
- Chicken and Noodle Soup – just 5 mins prep
- Crock Pot Sausage Pasta – so hearty!
Creamy Crockpot Tortellini
- 1 pound Italian Sausage
- ½ small onion diced
- 3 ounces frozen spinach
- 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
- 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 16 ounces frozen tortellini
- 3 cups chicken broth
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese optional
- Brown sausage and onion until no pink remains. Drain fat.
- Place all ingredients in a 6qt slow cooker.
- Cook 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours on low. Once cooked through, stir until sauce is smooth.
- Top with parmesan cheese if desired and serve.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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How do you know if the tortellini is overcooked/ how to avoid it?
If you take a tortellini and it’s too soft or mushy, it is overcooked. To avoid it, check your tortellini at 2 1/2 hours.
Any thoughts on timing of using fresh tortellini? Or maybe I can freeze it first and then put in the cooker?
I haven’t tried using fresh Savina, but I worry that it will overcook. You could try freezing it first or reducing the cook time. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!
I made this last night. I used Johnsonville smoked sausage (precooked) and onion powder instead of chopped onion to make it a one pot dinner. Family loved it and I love how easy it was! Thank you for the recipe!
This is an excellent recipe! It’s now one of my wife’s favourites. I use fresh tomatoes of the same weight as a can of tomatoes, and I do add mushrooms thickly cut, it’s absolutely delicious!!!!!
This recipe sounds so delicious! I get fresh ground sausage from a local farmer. Sent him recipe and now he’s going to try it as well!
I made this for a coworker’s family who was in the hospital. It was absolutely delicious and the family raved about it! Very tasty!
Absolutely love this recipe. I have made it multiple times when i babysit the grandchildren and make dinner for the busy parents. My grandbabies inhale it lol. When i make it it’s just me. Does it freeze well? It’s just to much for me for leftovers.
I haven’t tried freezing this meal after cooking so I can’t say for sure.
Could this be a freezer meal?
I haven’t tried freezing this after cooking. If you were doing meal prep for a freezer meal, you could add all ingredients together (including browned sausage) in a freezer bag keeping the tortellini separate and add it all to the slow cooker to cook from frozen. You would need additional cooking time.
Can this recipe be doubled?
I haven’t tried doubling this but it does fill a 6qt slow cooker quite full so I am not sure if it will fit. For best results, a slow cooker shouldn’t be filled more than ¾ full. Let us know how it goes!
Can I use water instead of broth?
If you replace the broth with water I think the recipe will lack flavor. If you have bouillon cubes, you can use those with water.
Can I leave the sausage out?
I’ve only tried this as written, however, the sausage does add a lot of flavor and bulk to the recipe. If you do decide to leave it out, I would suggest adding extra seasoning and/or another ground meat or even finely chopped mushrooms.
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Can I cut the recipe in half, without compromising taste, to make half of what the recipe requires? I don’t have a big family so I don’t need to make for 8.
Halfing the recipe won’t compromise the taste or the cooking time. You can adjust the serving amount to 4 when you click on the “Print Recipe” button on the recipe page! Hope this helped!
THIS IS AMAZING!!! Even my super picky husband likes it! The only thing I changed was I use sausage links instead of ground sausage. I browned them and then sliced them.
I made this for the first time tonight and it was a huge hit with my family!! I used hamburger instead of sausage and I left out the Italian seasoning because they don’t really like it but even with those changes, it was truly delicious!! We’ll be having this a lot more during the cold winter months. So quick and easy to throw together.
Yummy! I added sausage and shredded chicken. My tortellini was fresh with chicken and mozzarella inside. This is a keeper.
Excellent recipe. I used fresh spinach and fresh tortellini, used rotisserie chicken, did not add onions but sprinkled in both onion powder and garlic powder along with Italian seasoning. Had lots of leftovers and will make again. Delicious!
Made this for first time yesterday, on a snowy day. It was so delicious! My picky kids are already asking me to make it again! Note, I added the tortallini during the last hour of cooking because I prefer it to be a little more al dente. Adding this to my rotation for sure!! SO GOOD!!
Amazing!! So easy and delicious. It’s the perfect weeknight meal.