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


446 thoughts on “Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

  1. I made this and my husband loved it so much!! He keeps asking for me to make it again, so I will be making it today!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. The pictures look delicious but when I made this mine turned out very soupy. I had seen mentions of that in previous reviews but thought since the recipe had been updated maybe I would have better luck. I’m trying to get better with my crockpot but have found that it seems to cook quite a bit faster than most crockpots so I kind of have to tinker with recipes. I think this has loads of potential, I just didn’t get it right this time.

    • You need to cook it longer to get the thick consistency. I actually cook mine for 4 1/2 hrs. Taking the lid off the last 30 minutes really helps with this too!

    • I follow the recipe except I use 2 19oz bags of frozen tortellini instead of 1 20oz. It is perfect. I tried it the first time with only one bag and it resulted in more of a soup.

      • I actually did this in my dutch oven and it came out great because I could control the heat on the stove and knew when it started thickening up like what I wanted. I imagine more of a soup wouldn’t be bad either..

  3. I made this recipe as written, I do agree that the tortellini was a bit over cooked but was delish non the less. it was a bit soupy for my likeness so I added bit of heavy cream,and left the lid off to thicken. I also added some red pepper flakes, about 1/4 tsp. to amp up the heat/spice. It was delicious!! My hubby loved it and keeps asking when we will be having it again.

  4. Not sure why there are so many seemingly nasty comments, because I followed the original recipe exactly and it turned out delicious! Thank you!!!

  5. I boiled 2 1/4 cups of dried cheese tortellini for 10 min and used that instead. It’s much cheaper than the frozen tortellini. I used plain canned tomatoes and added 1 tsp each of dried basil, oregano and fresh minced garlic. I cooked everything in the crockpot for 4 hours + 30 min with the lid off but it never really thickened up so I put it all back in the electric skillet to cook down the liquid and thicken it. Very tasty and my whole family loved it!

    • could you just put the dried tortellini in the crockpot without boling it and cook it longer on low? I am looking for ways to cook this while I am away at work.

  6. After reading all these comments I was hesitant in trying this recipe even though it look delicious. I decided to take my chances today and tried it but I took the advice of many of the comments, which was to reduce the amount of liquid aka chicken broth added. I also set my crockpot to the high temperature for 2hrs instead of low temp and 4hrs. I also added the frozen tortellini towards the end about 30 mins left of cook time. It turned out great! Absolutely delicious! Not soupy whatsoever instead it was very creamy. If there’s extra liquid in the crockpot you can add Parmesan/Reggiano to it delicious!

  7. Made this for dinner tonight. It was very tasty. However, I did throw in oregano,parsley flakes and garlic for additional flavor. Also, thickened the sauce with a little flour and Parmesan cheese. Added frozen tortellini about 1.5hrs cooking time. Cooked for 2.5 hrs on high

  8. I made this before and it came out perfect. This time, I accidentally left it on low for 8 hours because I fell asleep. Lol. You guys think I’ll be okay?!

  9. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great!! This was a huge hit with my family I will be making this again. Thank you

  10. So many negative comments. My entire family loved this. I did make a few adjustments: I added more Italian seasoning, onion and garlic powder and along with some red pepper flakes for a little spice. Now about it being too watery I did not add all of the chicken broth I think I added maybe 4-5 1-2 second pours. I let everything cook in the crockpot on low besides the tortellini and then added them the last 25-30 minutes.

  11. I made this tonight and doubled the pasta and sausage, then I replaced one can of diced tomatoes with a can of ro-tel tomatoes and it was amazing!!!!

  12. So followed the recipe with the exception that i added the tortellini after an hour of cooking. A little soupy, could use a little more spice, but still pretty good. Will definitely do this again, just a little tweaking to get it better.

    • The cream cheese gives it that tangy, blush like sauce. You can use cream but if he can’t have milk products it will be more like a red sauce that’s all.

  13. I made this yesterday in my Dutch oven. I also put in carrots celery and onion. The tortellini I made and kept separate and just put it in the bowls. This was so good! Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  14. Do you think you could substitute shrimp instead of sausage? We love sausage, but I bet shrimp would be good also. Of course I would add them later in cooking stage or good them with Italian spices and add towards the end of cooking time.

  15. Made this for our valentine’s day meal. Very good but I agree it was a bit soupy. Day 2 it’s even tastier though. Just curious if anybody knew if I’d be ok to freeze this and recook in the crock pot later?

  16. Agree with the commenter who suggested adding a bag of fresh spinach to it. Boosts nutritional value while adding some beautiful green color. This recipe is very good. Thanks for sharing it!

  17. I have made this recipe twice now and I think its one of my favorite meals now.
    The sauce is just so good. I love it.
    I make it with 2 cans of stewed tomatoes. And 1 can of tomatoe sauce. A little bit of garlic salt. 2 packs of cream cheese and a cup and a bit of chicken stock. Cook it for almost 5 hours though but its worth the turn out. Yum!

  18. Can you do pasta sauce instead of diced tomatoes for this recipe. I already have the rest of the recipe but not diced tomatoes and only pasta sauce? Thanks

  19. I want to make this for dinner tomorrow but I don’t have any cream cheese. Do you think heavy cream would work?

  20. I ended up just making this on the stove top and using the crockpot recipe as a base. I cooked my sausage and then just added a little broth and one can of tomatoes and the cream cheese. Added the cooked tortellini and let it simmer til it was the thickness I wanted. Very good flavor.

  21. My family LOVES this! I did change the tomatoes to Crushed tomatoes. (I don’t like the big chunks of tomato). I also added 2 bricks of cream cheese. It was just creamier and richer. I also tried putting raw sausage in the bottom of the crockpot first and then added everything on top! It came out fantastic! We can’t get enough of this recipe!

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  23. So easy and delicious! It was a huge hit with the family. I added about a tbsp each of dried Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and parsley. I also added 1 tsp salt. Cooked on high for 3 hours. I only added about 8 oz chicken stock and I added the tortellini after the sauce cooked about an hour.

  24. this looks delicious and i have all the ingredients to make this but just realized this is made in the crockpot anyway i can just cook it over the stovetop and for how long?

  25. Made this tonight for the hubby and me. We consider it a “Pump it!” (As opposed to a “Dump it!”) We only used one can of tomatoes bc we don’t like too much tomatoes, and it kept it from being too soupy. The flavor was awesome!!! We will def make it again! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  27. My family loves this!!! I have cooked this in the crockpot as well as on the stove and both were great! I like being able to start in when I got home and not always having to plan. The consistency was a little thicker on the stove but if you cook a bit longer in the crockpot, it will thicken. I placed everything in the pot, frozen tortellini included, chunked up the cream cheese and left it sitting on the top instead of stirring in right away and yumm!

      • I browned and drained the sausage, added the tomatoes and all other ingredients, cook for about 20 mins, then add tortellini and simmer very low for maybe an hour and a half or until it reaches the consistency that you want. Stir periodically so it doesn’t stick. It’s very good.

  28. Made this tonight for the first time and it’s extremely soupy. But it on high for 30 minutes hoping it will thicken 😐

  29. Omg it was delicious I used ground turkey and added a can of green chillies and tomatoes..
    I let it cook for 4hrs30min last 30min lid off

  30. I have made this twice now, it is delicious!!!! I used mild sausage today, my kids like it better milder. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!!!

  31. This came out perfectly just following the directions here. We all love it and it is an all time crock pot favorite!

  32. Having a bunch of people over and im making this if i double the recipe will it effect the cook time? If so by how much??

  33. So many salty comments! Listen, everyone knows that crock pots vary dramatically, which is likely the reason this recipe is not working out for some of you. Not to mention, the recipe doesn’t call for cooked tortellini. I make this recipe frequently in an All Clad crockpot and it works out perfectly everytime without any variation in the recipe. It takes about 10-15 minutes of prep time, really just to cook the sausage. I love it and so does my family! Huge hit.

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  35. I made this today and followed the directions exactly. The flavor profile was very good, however the pasta was overcooked and mushy. My husband and teenage son both commented on the pasta but said it tasted really good though. I will try to make again but i will try putting the tortellini in towards the end so it doesn’t cook as long. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  36. I read all the reviews on this being soupy.i decided to cook it on the stove.after 45 minutes on low I mixed 2 heaping Tsp flour with 1/2 milk and added it slowly it thickened it right up.this was delicious

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