Dinner: Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

IMG_9829This may be the shortest post that I’ve had yet.  The recipe, from Chew Nibble Nosh, has six ingredients and you leave it in the crock pot to cook.  It was so easy, even I could do it.  I’m lucky enough to get to work from home a couple days a week, so one day this week the wife tasked me to make this soup so we could have it for dinner.  After a quick look at the ingredients and instructions, I had faith that even I couldn’t screw it up.

The longest part of the process was cooking up the turkey sausage.  That alone left the house smelling pretty tasty.  Once the sausage was cooked, you just toss everything into the crock pot.  We decided to add some carrots to the soup.  We cut up 15 baby carrots into little coin sized pieces.  The other difference that we did than what the instructions say, is that we didn’t add in the tortellinis until the soup was two hours from being finished.  Since we used some fresh, not frozen, tortellinis…this seemed to work out well.

After the five hours passed, it was time to plate.  We threw together a caesar salad bag mix and made up some of our new favorite things, New York brand Garlic Knots.  Everything here was super easy and quick.  Once the soup was in bowls we added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to the top and a few shakes of red pepper flakes (we like things a bit spicy).  A few bites in and we were only talking about how good the soup was.  The soup had a great consistency and flavor to it.  The carrots were a nice touch as they added a bit of a difference in texture to the soup.  Just to show my appreciation to the recipe, I went back and grabbed a second bowl.

Dinner Beer: New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner

Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Ingredients
  • 1 (19 oz.) bag frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 lb. Italian turkey sausage
  • ¾ – 1 bag fresh spinach
  • 2 cans Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans low-fat chicken broth
  • 1 (8 oz.) block low-fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
Instructions
  1. Brown the sausage in a skillet on the stove top until cooked and crumbled. Drain.
  2. Add the sausage and remaining ingredients to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook, on LOW for 5 hours, stirring twice during cooking.
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