Slow Cooker Tuscan Tortellini Soup Freezer Meal

Tuscan Tortellini soup

The heart behind Italian cooking is very romantic to me. This recipe is my attempt at an Italian classic, slow cooker tuscan tortellini soup.

When cooking in the kitchen i enjoy envisioning myself as the comforting Italian grandma that cooks with love as a secret ingredient in her food. Maybe that sounds cheesy, but cooking is something that comes from the heart for me. 

Slow cooker tuscan tortellini soup is an easy recipe that preps quickly and can go from freezer to crockpot in a minute. This soup is full of a flavorful broth with cheesy tortellini in every bite. I envision this being a comforting Italian grandma dish.

Prep this slow cooker tuscan tortellini soup freezer meal in 10 minutes or less!

I recommend doubling the recipe so you have two meals ready to go whenever you need them.

Slow cooker tortellini soup is not dairy based but gets its flavor from the spices and herbs in the broth. Cooking this easy crockpot tortellini soup in the crockpot slowly gives you a greater depth of flavor that you will love.

Because we love having that extra kick from sausage I also added some sausage crumble to the tortellini soup, but you can easily make this recipe vegetarian by omitting the meat. Follow along with the recipe to finds out how to make tortellini soup with sausage!

Why you will love this slow cooker tuscan tortellini soup recipe!

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Family Friendly
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Ingredients you will need for this slow cooker creamy tortellini soup. 

  • sweet Italian sausage (optional)
  • onion powder
  • garlic cloves (or garlic powder)
  • can of diced tomatoes
  • broth of preference (I use chicken broth)
  • cheese tortellini
  • spinach
  • dried basil
  • pepper
  • salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • bay leaf

Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

Definitely! This recipe includes sausage but it is optional. If you would rather omit the sausage and use veggie broth you will get a delicious tuscan tortellini soup without the meat.  

How to make this tuscan tortellini soup in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner! This recipe makes an amazing slow cooker vegetarian tortellini soup with these minor adjustments. 


What kind of meat can I use?

Any ground sausage will be great in this soup if using meat. I love sweet Italian sausage but also enjoy using a hot Italian sausage. You could also use a turkey sausage or chicken sausage if fat is a concern in your diet.
I recommend using a sausage in the soup rather than ground beef or turkey because of the flavorings in sausage.

What to serve with this slow cooker creamy tortellini soup recipe?

Serve with any of your favorite veggie sides. I love serving with a fruit salad and/or fresh slaw.
It is also great with a thick slice or artisan bread. 

How to store this tortellini soup with sausage?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

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Tuscan Tortellini Soup

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 Adults
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot


  • 1 lb sweet italian sausage
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomato, undrained
  • 4 cup broth (I prefer chicken broth)
  • 4 cup water
  • 16 oz cheese tortellini
  • 10 oz spinach
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf



  • Brown sausage in skillet then add to slow cooker.
  • Add all remaining ingredients (except spinach and tortellini) into the slow cooker and mix.
  • Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Adding spinach and tortellini during last 30 minutes cook time.
  • Stir and serve! Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese if desired.

Freezer Directions:

  • NOTE: You will have two gallon freezer bags for this recipe. Number 1 and Number 2. Label gallon freezer bag, Number 1, with recipe name, cooking from freezer directions, and expiration date (three months plus todays date).Label gallon freezer bag Number 2, with recipe title and write number 2 on the bag.
  • Brown sausage in skillet then set aside to cool. Once cool add to gallon freezer bag Number 1.
  • Add onion, garlic, diced tomato, basil, pepper, salt, and Italian seasoning to gallon freezer bag Number 1.
  • Add tortellini and spinach into gallon freezer bag Number 2. *You will not be freezing the broth, water or bay leaf in the gallon freezer bags. Simply use these ingredients day of cooking.
  • Seal both freezer bags and store in the freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Freezer Directions:

  • Thaw both freezer bags overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of gallon freezer bag Number 1 into slow cooker. Set bag Number 2 aside.
  • Add bay leaf, water and broth to slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Adding spinach and tortellini during last 30 minutes cook time.
  • Stir and serve! Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese if desired.

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

This recipe is similar in flavor to a tuscan stew but in the for of a soup!

A serving size assumes 1 1/2 cup of tuscan tortellini soup mix at 305 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

You can use any kind of tortellini you love in this soup. If you have a favorite use it!

You could also maintain your dietary lifestyle by using a tortellini that fits for example, gluten free tortellini.

Add in 1-2 tbsp tapioca starch mixed with 1-2 tbsp water to make a slurry and then add to the soup and cook on low in slow cooker for an additional 30 minutes to thicken sauce. (you can also use cornstarch or arrowroot powder if that’s what you have on hand)

If you cook the tortellini in for the entire cook time it will begin to fall apart. The flavor will still be amazing but adding the tortellini in toward the end maintains a good texture for the tortellini. 

Tuscan cooking is characterized by having simple food not covered in heavy sauces. Cooking is done with olive oil not butter by the tradition in the tuscan region in italy. 

Like all Italian cuisine, Tuscan cooking is based upon using the most fresh and simple ingredients of the seasons including many legumes, cheese, vegetables and fruits. 

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