Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage Tortellini Soup

This Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage Tortellini Soup is so flavorful and it only takes a few minutes to prep for the slow cooker!

I made this as part of a Casual Italian Buffet. It is a great choice because you can fix it well ahead in just a few minutes.  You can make with many canned ingredients you may have in your pantry at any time such as – canned tomatoes, canned cannelini beans, chicken and beef broth. You know those double packs of Olivieri tortellini?  They have quite a long Best Before date usually so I tend to have a pack in my fridge.  I also freeze them and just pull them out as needed. That’s me… Queen of the Freezer!

I actually used a combination of 2 cups each of  my homemade Chicken Bone Broth and Veal Stock ‘cuz if you follow any of my recipes you know I love to keep frozen stocks in my freezer too! Then I made up the rest with 4 cups of store bought chicken stock.  Just use the best quality stock you can get a hold of!

For the sausage you could use hot Italian sausage if you like a bit of heat. My husband doesn’t so I have to keep things tame around here.

And… in the vein of full disclosure – I had 2 cups of roasted roma tomatoes in my freezer too so I dumped them in.  That would be optional!

For the tortellini I used chicken and bacon flavor but you could use any flavor you like.  I think Spinach or Three Cheese would be really good too.

Preparation is very versatile as well.   I made it for an Italian buffet lunch so I was happy to take the ‘fix it and forget it’ approach. I dumped all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it go for 3 hours on high. You could do 4 hours or so on low.  I haven’t tried the whole day – I would be afraid the tortellini would get too soft in a 7 or 8 hour stint. What I really loved about the slow cooker approach was that you can keep it piping hot and people can help themselves to seconds or thirds…you get the picture!

If you want to make it on the stove top, brown the sausage, onion and garlic in a dutch oven and then add the rest of the ingredients. Bring it to a boil and then reduce and let it simmer about 20-30 minutes.

tuscan-sausage-soup

This soup is so substantial you only need a small serving as an appetizer.  Add a little bread and it could be a meal too.  I served it in a buffet with my No Knead Rosemary Garlic Bread and these Olive Garden Copy Cat Bread Rolls.

This one is definitely a keeper!

Print Recipe
Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage Soup BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage Soup
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Italian sausages (casings removed)
  • 1 white onion roughly choppped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups peeled, diced and roasted roma tomatoes (Optional)
  • 1 cup minced kale or spinach
  • 19 oz can white kidney beans (cannelini) drained and rinsed
  • 1 pkg tortellini (I used chicken/bacon flavor) about 2 cups
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2" square chunk of parmesan with rind
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Italian sausages (casings removed)
  • 1 white onion roughly choppped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups peeled, diced and roasted roma tomatoes (Optional)
  • 1 cup minced kale or spinach
  • 19 oz can white kidney beans (cannelini) drained and rinsed
  • 1 pkg tortellini (I used chicken/bacon flavor) about 2 cups
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2" square chunk of parmesan with rind
Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage Soup
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Remove casing from sausage, brown sausage, onion and garlic over medium/high heat. Break the sausage into small uniform pieces during browning process.
  2. Add sausage mixture to slow cooker. Add all other ingredients and cook on high about 3 hours. Stir occasionally.
  3. Do not include parmesan rind in any individual serving.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 1192mg 50%
Potassium 281mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 40%
Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 10%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Powered by WP Ultimate Recipe

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *