Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

This recipe is totally easy, and can be customized to your crowd’s taste buds! We used hot italian sausage because we like things spicy, but you can most definitely substitute whatever you’d like for the sausage, tortellini, and broth flavors. Some great subs I’d recommend would be ground beef, chicken sausage, or veggie-filled tortellini and vegetable broth for vegetarians. Get creative! This is too simple to mess up 🙂

UPDATE: In response to some saying my cook time is too long, I made this recipe again and decided to cut it down a bit.

Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage (We use HOT for the spice, but sub in the meat you’d like best!)
  • 20 oz. Frozen Three-Cheese Tortellini (The Buitoni kind is in the specialty refrigerated case in the deli area of the grocery store. I pop them right in the freezer when I get home.)
  • 32 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes – The kind that are seasoned with basil, garlic & oregano. If you don’t have the seasoned ones, you’ll need to add in your own seasonings.
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese or Neufchâtel Cheese – We use the low fat kind when using cream cheese.
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (not pictured) for topping!

1. Take your cream cheese or Neufchâtel out of the fridge, and let it sit while you quickly brown your meat.

Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

2. Add the sausage and tortellini to your Crock Pot. Pour the tomatoes, liquid and all, and broth over the top. Add your cream cheese to the Pot in chunks.

3. Give your Crock Pot a good stir to get everything evenly distributed, making sure the liquids are adequately covering the tortellini.

Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

4. Cook on LOW for a total of 3 1/2 – 4 hours. Stir at 1 1/2 hours, and again at 3 hours, removing the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking. This will give the sauce some time to thicken up. You can leave the lid off longer if you need more thickening time, but stir every so often.

Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

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456 thoughts on “Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

  1. Do you have to use frozen tortellini? I want to make it tonight and its not going to be frozen. Just add it the last hour to the crockpot? Suggestions please and thank you 🙂

    • You can you fresh tortellini.i make my sauce on the stove because it’s faster.i also mix 2Tbs flour with some milk and at to the end for thickness

    • You can you fresh tortellini.i make my sauce on the stove because it’s faster.i also mix 2Tbs flour with some milk and at to the end for thickness

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      • I browned and drained the sausage, added all ingredients and cooked for about 20 mins on very low heat, added frozen tortellini and cooked for another little while (until it gets to the consistency you want) on very low heat. Keep covered and stir periodically to keep it from sticking. Also, I just sat the cream cheese on top when I put the tortellini in until it was close to being done, then stirred in, that way it’s in there but not completely mixed in. Hope this helps!

  3. I dont the suggested pasta, all i have is elbow noodles. Im going to sub them instead but do i cook them before i put them in the crock pot?

  4. This was amazing! And even better the next day! I didn’t realize I needed to add frozen tortellini – I had fresh. So, I just waited until the last 30 minutes to add it in. The sauce was a bit runny, so I added the sauce to a skillet and boiled it down while adding flour. It worked out, but I will be sure I freeze the tortellini next time. It was a huge hit in my house! Thanks so much!

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  6. I have fixed this recipe 3 times. I did not change any ingredients but did cook it on the stove (only because the first time I forgot it was a crockpot recipe and it was too late in the day to start it).
    This is my family’s FAVORITE recipe! I have to say the first way was the best. If I put all 3 ways down it will be too long so only putting the first way. This was not a soup, it can be if you add ALL the broth (see below)
    I browned spicy sausage in skillet then drained. Started cooking tortellini in pot with chicken broth. While pasta was cooking I added the diced tomatoes and cream cheese to the sausage in the skillet. When pasta was cooked I saved some of the cooking broth and discarded the rest (if you are looking for “soup” save all of the broth but my guys aren’t really soup guys so mine was more of a sauce than soup). I added the sausage mixture to the tortellini then added the reserved cooking broth from tortellini to the sausage/tortellini mixture until consistency I wanted. Serve with salad and garlic breadsticks!
    Thank you for the recipe!

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  8. This is delicious! Because it takes so little time, I cook it on the stovetop. I love the italian sausage and creamy sauce. Yum! It’s one of my favorite recipes.

    I created a spreadsheet a few years ago to help me with meal planning, and have been updating it with every new recipe we try and like. It now contains around 90 meals, each categorized by main ingredient (Beef, Chicken, pasta, etc) and meal type (Mexican, Italian, American, etc), with a link to the recipe – yours included! It has saved me so much time with meal planning and making out my grocery list!
    After talking with some friends, I thought this spreadsheet might be something worth sharing, so I have made it available from my blog to download for free! Now that my readers have your recipe, I’m sure they will be enjoying it as much as we do!

  9. Amazing this today for my wife and kids while I’m at work. Gonna add spinach to it just for added nutrition and color.I am a chef by trade and crock pot is not my favorite method. But this seems the way to go when I work all night.

  10. This is so good! My kids love it too! I have made it in the crockpot according to your recipe and on the stovetop if I have forgotten to get the crockpot started in time!

    I created a spreadsheet a few years ago to help me with meal planning, and have been updating it with every new recipe we try and like. It now contains around 90 meals, each categorized by main ingredient (Beef, Chicken, pasta, etc) and meal type (Mexican, Italian, American, etc), with a link to the recipe – yours included! It has saved me so much time with meal planning and making out my grocery list!
    After talking with some friends, I thought this spreadsheet might be something worth sharing, so I have made it available from my blog to download for free! Now that my readers have your recipe, I’m sure they will be enjoying it as much as we do!

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  12. Hello,

    I dont know if you still keep up with this post because it was four years ago, but I’ve made this dish about 3 times now and I cant get it to thicken!! Please help!

    • Hi Ashley, I actually followed another post and cooked mine on the stove top. I also boiled my pasta in the chicken broth. I then dumped around half of the broth with the pasta in my sasuage, tomato sauce (1can), chopped basil, parsley, and oregano then added the cream cheese and turned it on low. It was thick and creamy. Absolutely delicious.

  13. Absolutely love this! Made it for the second time for a get together and everyone wanted the recipe! I follow the directions completely and it comes out perfect.

  14. I followed the recipe exactly. The sauce was extremely watery and I had to cook it on the stove (not what I was planning since this is supposed to be a crock pot recipe).

    • Yes! I would suggest cooking the chicken in the crock pot with alll of the sauce ingredients (will come out as shredded chicken) and coming the pasta separately. Alternatively, you could cook some cubes chicken on the drive with Italian spices and then add that to the pasta & sauce from the crock pot just before serving.

  15. I’ve made this dish before and my son LOVES it! Thanks you!!! I’m making it tonight and was wondering if I could maybe set my crockpot on high to have it finished sooner? I didn’t get home in time like I had planned and need to get dinner finished. Any suggestions other then stovetop? I already have it in the crockpot.

  16. Have made this numerous times and it’s always asked for again. So this weekend making another batch. I have added fresh spinach in, also carrots cut up a little bit of fresh onions just for some added flavors

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  18. This has become one of our favorites! We ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand just in case one of us decides it’s time to make it again. We do add a whole onion chopped up, but that’s because we like onions. Other than that, I follow the recipe exactly. By the way, We usually freeze two servings to have when we don’t want to cook. Let it thaw for about 24 hours, stick it in the microwave and it tastes just like it did the day I made it! THANK YOU for a FANTASTIC recipe!!

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