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


  • 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

518 thoughts on “Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

  1. This is One of my favorite go to recipes. It always turns out great. Took it to work everyone liked it and wanted the recipes. I use mild sausage because I can’t do the spicy. I have also used hamburger and breakfast sausage(Old Folks). I use block cream cheese not the tubs

    • I’ve seen some others mention that it came out more soupy, and I can’t quite put my finger on the reason why. It comes out great for some and not for others, so it must depend on the appliances and exact ingredients? I guess less broth might be better for you! Or more time with the lid off.

      • Agree. I find myself adding a little more broth and stirring it in when I check it every hour. I also crank it up to high for the last 30 minutes, being sure to stir it every so often if I see it needs it.

    • I haven’t made one of those, but if you have the Reader View option on your computer it creates a smaller, more concise page you may be able to print!

    • Can I used the bags of uncooked tortellini by the spaghetti noodles? do I have to cook them a little first or just throw in the crockpot?

    • Tried it out in my pressure cooker, this is what worked for me. Brown sausage on saute mode. Once cooked add broth. I like it more creamy so I did half broth half heavy cream. Add Tortellini and diced tomatoes. My tortellini was not frozen. Pressure cook on high for 4 minutes. Natural release 10 minutes. Stir in cream cheese. I also stirred in the parmesan instead of just topping it.

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    • I made this the other night on the stove actually! It came out soupy so I have to play with things a bit but here’s what I did. Brown sausage in pot, drain. Then I’m same pot I used 3.5 cups broth, 1 can of the diced tomatoes, all the cream cheese & cooked until cheese was melted added in non frozen tortellini and cooked for desired amount. Next time, I plan on starting with 2c. broth and add more as needed. Kids loved it though!

      • I tried it on the stove. I used 2 cups of broth as you suggested. I cooked the tortellini and then added to the rest of the dish. I cooked it for probably 45 min and it was perfect.

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  6. One of my all time favorite soup recipes! Quick, easy, and bursting with flavor!! I actually prefer mine to stay soupy. Thank you for a great recipe!

  7. How much Italian seasoning to add with just regular diced tomatoes? Thanks for a great recipe! Family favorite!

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