Slow Cooker Italian Tortellini
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour in slow cooker
Pasta and cheese might just be the most perfect food combination in the history of food. Those Italians sure got that right! This is a ground sausage (or you could use ground beef) based sauce that’s good with tortellini in the slow cooker for just 1 hour, then the cheeses are added to finish off the meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground Italian sausage
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 20 - oz. fresh or frozen tortellini
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar(s) marinara sauce
  • 1 - cup(s) beef stock
  • 1 - Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 - cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese**
  • 1 - cup(s) shredded mozzarella cheese**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. In a skillet, brown the ground Italian sausage then drain.
  2. Place the browned Italian sausage into the base of the slow cooker and add the tortellini (fresh or frozen), marinara, beef stock, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Gently stir through.
  3. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 1 hour. At the end of the cooking cycle, stir the grated Parmesan cheese into the sauce, and then top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Prepare salad.
  5. Serve Slow Cooker Italian Tortellini with side salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. In a large skillet, brown 2 lbs. ground Italian sausage, then drain.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned sausage
  • 1 - 20 oz. box fresh or frozen tortellini
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar marinara sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Do not add the cheeses to the freezer baggie.

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the slow cooker and cooking on low for 1 hour. Add cheese, as directed, before serving.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when you omit the Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Unfortunately, there is not a great gluten-free option for this meal.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Slow Cooker Italian Tortellini

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and slow cook on low for 1 hour. Once cooked, add the Parmesan cheese into the sauce, and the mozzarella cheese on top.
Serve with salad.

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