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!

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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.

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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!

  1. Brown sausage and onions (per recipe below).
  2. 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!

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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.

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Creamy Crockpot Tortellini

Perfectly creamy pasta with sausage.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8
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  • 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.


Slow Cookers can vary. This recipe takes just about 3 hours in my slow cooker, check your tortellini at 2 1/2 hours to ensure it doesn't overcook.
If you'd like more of a soup, add more broth.
4.98 from 231 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 516 | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1339mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1893IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
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  1. After 3 1/2 hours in the crockpot, it seemed too soupy. We poured it into a casserole dish and baked it in the oven for another 15-20 minutes, which seemed to do the trick. Very tasty!4 stars

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Kathy! Sorry it didn’t cook as expected in the crockpot. We have never had that issue with this recipe.

  2. As a novice cook – pretty much ever recipe I have tried thru this site has been a winner. But this is the one that most of my family loves – hands down.5 stars

  3. So easy and a crowd pleaser! Used cheese tortellini from Costco. Doubled recipe but ended up over cooking it. It was still great! Next time I’d cook one batch at a time or maybe 1.5.5 stars

  4. Hey Holly.

    Since we are all working at my house, it’s hard to use the slow cooker.

    Can I do this on the stove top in a Dutch oven type pot?

    Thanks in advance. Looking forward to trying this dish.

    1. Hi Brad, I have not tried this on the stove top so I can’t say for sure. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

      1. I have done it on the stove top. it’s a very quick and easy recipe and turns out great either way.

    1. Yes Kelli, you can! Remove the stems, chop finely, and add it to the Crock Pot at the same time that you would add the frozen spinach. Happy cooking!

    1. I haven’t tried using fresh tortellini Jean, 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!

  5. I made this for a work pot luck. It’s Ash Wed so no meat. I left out the sausage but did saure the onion. I used 12 oz of frozen spinach since there was no meat. I also used the full 6 oz of tomato paste because what would I do with the rest?
    It was great and everyone loved it. Will make again4 stars

  6. If I choose to delete the sausage – can I add raw onion directly to the mix in the crockpot or would I still need to saute the onion first?5 stars

    1. Hi Sonya, I would still saute the onion so it’s soft and not as potent. We would love to hear how it turns out for you!