September 28, 2013

Recipe: Easy Crockpot Creamy Tortellini with Spinach




This recipe has been popping up across Facebook, and it looked so delicious, I decided I needed to try it. I've tweaked the original recipe based on my and a friend's experience in making it.

Ingredients
  • 1 Bag of tortellini (I used large)
  • 1 Small bag of fresh spinach
  • 2 Cans of Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 4 Cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 Block of cream cheese, diced
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients except for the tortellini in crockpot, chunking up the cream cheese. 
  2. Cook on low for 5-6 hrs
  3. If able, mix after 5 hours or so. I found my cream cheese did not melt after 6 hours on low, so I mixed crushed it up when I got home and cooked it on high for another hour. Even then, there were still a few small chunks swirling around, although I think this is more a result of my crockpot than anything else.
  4. 20-30 minutes before your time is up, add the tortellini. You may also cook the tortellini separately and add at the end. If you choose the latter option, reduce the amount of brother by about 1/2 C.


Makes 4 servings with 1 bag of tortellini and lots of sauce. You could double this with 2 bags of tortellini and have less sauce and it would still taste just as good.
You'll want to make sure you have cheese to garnish wish and bread on hand to absorb all the delicious sauce. 

Shared with Homemade Ginger

6 comments:

  1. That looks so good, I will have to try it! I make a similar soup using alfredo sauce and rotisserie chicken but I've only made it on the stovetop. I wonder if those Philly cooking cremes would be an option since I think those melt more easily?

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    1. Oo that sounds delicious, too! I contemplated adding some Italian seasoning to this recipe, but Tony says that it's delicious as is. I am going to try the cooking cream next time - I don't have "real" dedicated crockpot, just a rice cooker with a slow cooker option, so that might also be partly why it doesn't melt cheese well.

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  2. This sounds so delicious! I'm always looking for new recipes, thanks for sharing.
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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  3. I just pinned this. It sounds delicious!

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    1. Yes, and FAST. I hardly cook on week days and this is a great recipe if you're in a hurry or busy :)

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