Creamy Tortellini & Sausage Stew (crockpot)

This is an all-time favorite recipe in my home on these chilly Fall (& winter) days.  Now I cannot take credit for this classic crockpot meal delight, but it is SO easy, SO yummy and SO filling that if I can even reach just one person who has yet to taste this…my job is done.  I’m happily passing the torch along from whomever made up this genius and simple meal!

Besides cooking the sausage beforehand (for texture and sanitary reasons ;), this is a “throw it all in one pot” meal and walk out the door.  You’re family will absolutely think you’re something brilliant!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 lb Italian sausage (cooked)
  • 1 bag frozen cheese tortellinis, aboubt 1lb
  • 32oz box of chicken broth
  • 2 cans Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 1 block cream cheese, 8oz, cubed
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 bag spinach leaves, about 8oz

Garnish (optional)

  • Parmesan Cheese (shredded/grated)
  • Pesto Sauce   

Starting off with the sausage…now to each their own here, but in my home we prefer ours cooked and sliced.  This way adds a bit more texture and bite to the stew.  Alternatively, you can absolutely remove the sausage from the casing and cook as you would ground beef.  The flavor will be the exact same..promise. 

   That all being said, I seared each side of the italian sausage hot links for a few minutes per side.  I then took them off the heat to a cutting board and allowed to cool down (rest) for about 5 minutes before slicing up. 

 Next, coat your crockpot with non-stick spray (optional) and then lay the sliced onions on the bottom.  Follow that with the rest of the ingredients.  Layer the frozen tortellinis, cooked sausage, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, cubed cream cheese and then the spinach leaves.   

         Stir together as well as you can (uncooked spinach can be a pain) then cover, set to low and allow the flavors to meld together for about 5 hours.  Remember, this is a crockpot, so if it is cooking away even longer on low, it is No.Big.Deal!!

Once you’re meal is ready, I like to top each bowl with a bit of shredded parmesan cheese and serve with crusty bread and butter.  Enjoy! 

 *At times I will put just half of the bag of spinach in at first and then a couple of hours in I’ll stir in the rest (so it all fits)!.

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