I have been on a soup kick lately. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather or just my general love of easy meals. Whatever it is, the benefits are awesome. I made crockpot potato soup last week and made chicken tortellini soup last night.
The best thing about this recipe is the fact that my kids loved it. They love tortellini normally anyway. Cook some with a little Alfredo or marinara sauce and my kids are in heaven. The mom is me was SHOCKED when they ate it and liked it as soup.
The second best thing about this crockpot chicken tortellini soup is it’s ease. You put most of the stuff in the crockpot, let it cook all day. You add the tortellini right before serving.
If your crockpot is anything like mine, it will pretty much cook on the “low” setting. When I put the carrots and celery in, I left in on low for 6 hours. At the end of that time, the veggies were perfectly cooked.
That being said, you have to know your crockpot.
If you know your crockpot won’t cook veggies on low, then turn it on high for at least a few hours. Some crockpots won’t even cook veggies on high. You may want to boil them for a few minutes before placing them in the crockpot.
As I mentioned previously, this recipe is super easy. You start with placing 3 cups of chicken stock, the veggies, the cream cheese, the soup and all the herbs and spices in the crockpot. Then you let them cook. On most crockpots, this will be on the low setting for 6 hours or the high setting for 3 hours. Make sure you try the veggies about halfway through so you can adjust your cooking time accordingly.
When the veggies are cooked through, you’ll want to cook the tortellinis in a separate pot according to package directions. I would not recommend cooking the tortellinis in the crockpot as you can easily overcook them.
When done, add the tortellinis and cheese to the crockpot. Then it’s ready to serve with some garlic bread and an adult beverage.
A word on tortellinis
I use Buitoni Tortellinis. You get them in the refrigerator section, and they are delicious. I normally get the cheese-filled ones, but I’m sure any of them are good.
But that’s it. That’s the low down on this amazing, easy crockpot meal. Let me know if you try it!!
If you need a lovely dessert to go with it, try this amazing chocolate pecan pie (with or without the bourbon).
- 1 lb chicken, cooked and shredded
- 1 onion, diced
- 2-3 carrots, sliced into ¼ inch slices
- 4-5 celery stalks, sliced into ¼ inch slices
- 3-6 cups chicken stock
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 Tbs Basil
- 1 Tbs Oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package tortellinis
- Add everything escept for tortellinis and cheese to crockpot.
- cook for approximately 6 hours, or until veggies are tender.
- Cook tortellinis in seperate pot according to package directions.
- Add tortellinis and cheese to crockpot.