Creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup

I love anything & everything made in crock-pots.  I have yet to eat anything that didn’t taste incredible coming form a crock-pot. I use my crock-pot at least once a week if not more. Sunday’s I call crock-pot Sunday’s because i’m almost always whipping something up in that sucker.

Yesterday was filled with ice & kid birthday parties. I was caught off guard with the weather and was unable to put anything together in the crock-pot before I started my day. My typical Sunday consists of me waking up, eating breakfast, enjoying a cup of coffee & browsing pinterest for a crock-pot meal to make that day. Since it didn’t happen yesterday, crock-pot Sunday’s was moved to Monday for the week.

My roommate, aka my dad, mentioned how he wanted a creamy tortellini soup with chorizo. I’ve made this delicious Creamy Tortellini Soup from Better Homes & Gardens on numerous occasions. It’s always been a hit.

Tonight I decided to put a little different spin on it. Instead of chorizo as requested, I opted for a roasted garlic chicken sausage to add into the soup along with some carrots for some added texture.

As with almost every crock-pot recipe, you basically throw the ingredients into the crock-pot & let it work its magic! It’s so great. This recipe is basically that. Throw almost all of the ingredients into the crock-pot, wait a couple of hours, throw the rest of the ingredients into the crock-pot for an additional 45 minutes & BAM, you have a delicious soup ready to devour.

This soup is also excellent for the winter. The creaminess of this is perfect for a chilly winter night!


Creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup

Creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup
Creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup

Servings: About 8

Prep Time 20 Minutes    Cook Time 5 Hours & 45 Minutes OR 3 Hours & 45 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Envelope of White Sauce or Country Gravy (2.75 Ounces)
  • 8 Cups of Water
  • 2 Cans of Chicken Broth (14 Ounces Each)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Sweet Onion
  • 1 Cup Sliced Carrots
  • 1 Package of Chicken Sausage, Cooked (4 Links)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 TSP Dried Basil
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Oregano
  • Dash Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 (12 Ounce) Package Dried Spinach & Cheese Tortellini or Plain Cheese Tortellini
  • 2 (12 Ounce) Cans of Fat Free Evaporated Milk
  • 7 Heaping Handfuls of Fresh Baby Spinach
  • Finely Shredded Parmesan Cheese for Garnish (Optional)

Directions:

  • In a large crock pot on the low/medium setting add water & envelope of white sauce. Whisk together until combined & smooth.  Stir in the chicken broth, chopped onion, carrots, garlic, basil, salt, oregano, cayenne pepper & sliced chicken sausage.  Once combined, cover & cook on low-heat for 5-6 hours or high heat 2.5-3 hours.
  • Stir in dried tortellini, spinach & evaporated milk. Cover & cook on low setting for an additional 45-60 minutes or high for 30-45minutes, until tortellini is tender.
  • Sprinkle each serving with a little parmesan cheese & enjoy!
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