Crockpot Tortellini Soup is a creamy and tasty soup filled with Italian sausage, vegetables, and cheese tortellini that is hearty enough to be a meal. Try my Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup if you are a fan of tortellini!

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Crockpot Tortellini Soup

With all the varieties of tortellini, cheese is still my favorite. This recipe takes tortellini and spices it up a bit with a creamy sauce, added veggies, and Italian sausage. Plus, after browning the sausage, all the work is done by the slow cooker. So, you can walk away, get some things done, and come home to a hearty soup.

Raw Ingredients for Crockpot Sausage Tortellini Soup

Crockpot Tortellini Soup Ingredients

Italian Sausage: I love the flavor of Italian sausage in this soup. But, you could also use ground beef, ground turkey, or even chicken (like rotisserie chicken).

Chicken Stock: Here is how to make your own chicken stock to have on hand when needed.

Cornstarch: The cornstarch and water mixture is a slurry that is added to the soup to thicken it up a bit.

Tortellini: As I mentioned, I love plain old cheese tortellini. But, you could definitely try some other flavors, like spinach and cheese tortellini, mushroom tortellini, or Italian sausage tortellini, just to name a few.

Process of Adding Ingredients to Crockpot Sausage Tortellini Soup

How to Make Crockpot Tortellini Soup

Yes, this soup is made in a crockpot, but you do need to brown the Italian sausage first (which only takes a few minutes). To brown the sausage, heat up the oil in a large skillet. Add the ground sausage to the hot skillet to cook it for about 5 minutes, and then drain the grease. Once the sausage is browned, the slow cooker will do the rest.

Add the browned sausage to the slow cooker. Top it with the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes, chicken stock, heavy cream, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. In a small bowl, mix together the corn starch and water, adding that to the crockpot as well. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

After the soup has cooked on low for a few hours, add the spinach and tortellini to the slow cooker and cook an additional 7 or 8 minutes. The tortellini should be cooked through and the spinach will be wilted. Serve warm with a side of homemade breadsticks.

Ladle in Crockpot Sausage Tortellini Soup

How to Serve Homemade Soup

Soups have become more and more popular, and not just during the cooler months. Soup may not seem like the main course, but adding the Italian sausage to this Crockpot Tortellini Soup gives it the protein boost that will help fill up you and your guests. There are some ways you can spruce up your presentation when serving soup as the main meal. Here are a few pointers when serving soups:

  1. Bring out the soup in a fancy pot!
  2. Be creative with your soup bowls. Serve it in a tureen, which you could find at a thrift store or flea market. Don’t worry about matching bowls and saucers–the variety of shapes and colors brings some pizazz to your dinner table.
  3. Have appetizers on the table to share. I love my Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushrooms!
  4. Have dessert ready! My Chocolate Chip Caramel Bars are a perfect option for an after-dinner treat.

Overhead of bowls of Crockpot Sausage Tortellini Soup

How to Freeze Crockpot Tortellini Soup

This does make a large batch of soup, so if you can’t eat it within a couple of days, freeze it for later. To freeze the soup, let it cool down close to room temperature. Use a ladle to transfer the soup into freezer-safe plastic containers, leaving a little room at the top of each container for expansion. Seal the containers well, label them, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to enjoy, let the soup thaw in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Then, heat it up on the stovetop or in the microwave. Yum!

Spoonful of Crockpot Sausage Tortellini Soup

Slow Cooker Recipes

5 from 21 votes

Crockpot Tortellini Soup

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 8 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 28 minutes
Crockpot Tortellini Soup is a creamy and tasty soup filled with Italian sausage, vegetables, and cheese tortellini that is hearty enough to be a meal.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • pounds ground Italian sausage
  • 1 red onion, chopped (approximately 1½ cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (approximately 1½ teaspoons)
  • 1 large carrot, diced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 package (20 ounces) cheese tortellini


  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, add oil.
  • Once hot, add ground sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up in the pan as you go (about 5 minutes). Drain grease.
  • Add the sausage to the crockpot and top with onion, garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes, chicken stock, heavy cream, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
  • In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and water. Mix into the soup. Cook 3-4 hours on low.
  • When ready, add the spinach and the tortellini and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until cooked through and the spinach is wilted. Serve immediately.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this but instead of carrot/celery, I used butternut squash and it turned out so yummy! It was so good in fact that Im making it 2 weeks in a row.

  2. 5 stars
    Very much a winner! Will definitely make again! My husband said this was perfect! My daughter said thank you for making this delicious soup! Easy easy easy and delicious!

  3. I read someone could bathe in this. I don’t just want to bathe, I want to Drown!! This is one recipe that is SO GOOD AS WRITTEN. (Of course you can always customize). I’ve made this several times. It never disappoints! I’ve got the ingredients now for when the weather is scheduled to take a turn this weekend, and I’m excited for such a warm hug to my belly!! My sister is actually scared to mention it to her husband because she made it so many times last winter. An ABSOLUTE WINNER!!! Thank you!!!

  4. Your Tortellini soup is an awesome fall soup! My husband and I really liked it and decided to call it our favorite new soup. It makes more than enough for a family of 6 and the leftovers are just as good as the original fresh made. We give it 5 *****

  5. 5 stars
    This was delicious and makes a ton! I added more chicken stock and more heavy cream so there was more broth at the end (maybe 2 more cups chicken stock and 1 of cream). Forgot to use the cornstarch but it did not matter one bit. Will be added to our regular rotation for sure!

  6. I make this all the time got picky eaters that refuse to eat green but they love this with the spinach in it and never have leftovers I take to all the church cookings and it is always gone first awesome awesome soup. Always fix garlic bread stix and when I can’t find the bread stix make my own using hotdog buns

    1. 5 stars
      It’s delicious, making it again this week. Living in Minnesota, there’s nothing better than a hot bowl of soup, and this checks all the squares

  7. 5 stars
    I made this last Saturday and it was delicious. I doubled the garlic , celery and spinach as I do in all recipes. It had all the good balance of flavors. Made it night before and put crock pot in frig.Cooked 4 hours and it was perfect.

    1. 5 stars
      This soup is amazing! I made it the first time for a work lucheon and everyone loved it. It is simple to make and only takes a little prep work.

      1. I think I would defrost the tortellini and then throw them in the soup….if you cook them first, they’ll become gummy…..if I’m not eating/serving the whole pot, then I’ll add the tortellini as I need it…doesn’t take too long…good luck.

  8. 5 stars
    This has become our families favourite soup. Our go-to to make for new moms or when a friend just needs a warm hug for their soul. We enjoy a little more heat and use chorizo venison and add some chili flakes.
    It is easy enough that my 8 year old can make it all on his own as well. I like to saute the veg with the meat, because I found the carrots and onions weren’t cooked through in the 4hours. Maybe we make our carrots different in Canada.
    Seriously. I would bathe in this soup.

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