Lately I have been doing a ton of sausage recipes, after finding out that Shane has a preference for it and since it is rather inexpensive I’ve been experimenting will all kinds of meals. This one in particular came out AWESOME! Honestly it’s pretty hard to really screw up a crock pot dish, which is fine with me, more room for error and for experimentation! The boys really liked this recipe, the only complaint they had was that it was really creamy, and therefore very filling.
They tend to like the recipes that are not as dense, so those recipes tend to be on the more health conscious route, which I usually always come up with those on the spot. But at least once a week I test out the Pinterest recipes I find and share the outcome with all of you! With the holidays coming to an end, FINALLY, I have quite a few different recipes to share!
But anyways, back to this Sausage and Cheese Tortellini recipe!
- 1 package of chicken broth (32 oz.)
- 1 package of your favorite tortellini (20 oz.)
- I used the three cheese
- 1 lb. italian sausage
- The original recipe called for spicy italian sausage, but as Shane is not a spicy foods fan I opted for just original sausage
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes (seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano)
- In my experience 2 cans are overwhelming and I would go with only one next time, and I added the spices into the pot after all ingredients were added since I did not have the already seasoned canned tomatoes
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- Grated Parmesan Cheese for topping
- I opted out of this option as well
- Take your cream cheese out of the fridge and let it soften while you brown the sausage on the stove top.
- Once completely brown, add the sausage and tortellini to your crock pot. Pour the tomatoes (liquid and all), and broth over the top. Add your cream cheese as well in chunks.
- Give your crock pot a stir to get everything evenly distributed, making sure the tortellini gets adequately covered. (As seen above)
- Cook on LOW for a total of 4 1/2 hours. Stir at 2 hours and again at 4 hours, removing the lid at the last 30 minutes of cooking. This will give the sauce time to thicken up.
I really liked this recipe, it’s a very simple one to do when you just want to throw something together, as all crock pot meals usually are. I made it the day the boys went snowboarding, I wanted to give them a guys day and knew they would be starving when they got home and cold. This made for the perfect meal for the occasion! Honestly if Shane didn’t have such an adverse relationship with spicy foods I would prefer to use the italian spicy sausage just for the extra kick and definitely use just one can of diced tomatoes. Other than those few little things it still turned out amazing! The cheese tortellini definitely adds some extra flavor as well, and I should have used the Parmesan Cheese, the dish turned out so thick that I opted out of added cheese because it would make the meal even thicker.
This meal is also one that I listed that accompanied my Sausage Biscuits and Gravy recipe here! This particular recipe I pulled from recipemothers.com via Pinterest of course! I strongly encourage you to try it out! Tis’ the season for crock pot recipes after all!