Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup Recipe

About a month ago, my sweet friend Janine let me know that she was on a quest to discover the best of the best Crock Pot recipes and I was fortunate enough to share a favorite slow cooker recipe on her site a couple of weeks ago. Maybe you caught it?

Just in case you missed it, I thought I would share that recipe with you today.

This time of year warm, comfort food calls to me. I frequently pull out the slow cooker and it sits on the counter cooking up a storm for weeks. It’s perfect for busy holiday evenings too.

I have a few absolute favorite recipes that I cannot live without, like Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup.

Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup RecipeIt’s a mouthful of creamy-delicious heaven folks.


  • 1 box (4 c.) chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 block cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 lb. sausage
  • 1 bag frozen tortellini
  • Fresh spinach

Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup RecipeDirections:

Writing the word “directions” when it comes to slow cooker recipes always makes me giggle just a little bit. I mean, really? Aren’t most slow cooker recipes pretty much dump and serve?!

Well, maybe not the complex sort you make, but the ones I make? They are EEEEEASY!

So here we go…

  • Brown sausage on stove top.
  • Turn slow cooker to high heat.
  • Pour chicken broth and diced tomatoes into slow cooker. I like to use spiced tomatoes. In the case of this recipe, I usually grab an Italian blend or something with rosemary and oregano in it.
  • Cube cream cheese and add to chicken broth and tomato mixture.
  • Add sausage.
  • Chop spinach into smaller pieces and add to soup mixture.
  • Cook for four hours.
  • About 20 minutes prior to serving the soup, add the bag of tortellini to the mix.

Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup RecipeTotal cook time is about five hours. Five hours that you were able to spend running around doing a little Christmas shopping, enjoying the fall weather and who knows, maybe even reading a good book!

If you’re in the mood for a few more great recipes, hop over to Janine’s site and check out some of the other great Crock Pot meals that have been shared:

Zuppa ToscanaCrock Pot Zuppa Toscana

Crockpot-Mashed-Potatoes-via-thegrantlife.com_.-These-would-be-perfect-for-Thanksgivng-or-a-dinner-party.-Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Crock Pot Taco SoupCrock Pot Taco Soup

Gourmet French Macarons {Giveaway}

I have been very fortunate to have a successful career. I’ve worked in a variety of exciting positions with the NBA, Olympics and several influential politicians. The opportunities that I hold closest to my heart however, have been found through my far less glamorous life as a blogger.

Though my site and my work with Snap Conference, I meet so many amazing women. I love getting to know them, watching their work and seeing them succeed.

Today, I get to feature one of those successful women and guess what? She’s the perfect feature for our “In the Kitchen” week, because she’s just published a cookbook!

Mindy Cone Get Creative Juice

Mindy shares amazing entertaining and party ideas on her blog Creative Juice and she’s just released a brand new book, Gourmet French Macarons.

Gourmet French Macaroons by Mindy Cone

If you follow my personal Instagram account, you might know that I received a copy of Mindy’s fun book earlier this week and man have I had fun flipping through it and testing things out…

Oh my goodness. Even if I never make a single macaron (which I do fully intend on doing) I would love this book. The ideas and photos inside are AMAZING! Mindy has come up with a REALLY creative spin on this classic French cookie.

Just flipping through the book, I counted more than 75 unique recipes and macaroon designs. Here are a few of my seasonal favorites…

Gourmet French Macarons

Mindy created, wrote and photographed all of the cookies in this book. I can’t imagine the work that went into this book, but I can tell you I am totally and completely bummed I wasn’t in on the taste testing!

One of the really cool things Mindy got her publisher to include was a CD with printable templates that will take you beyond the standard circular cookie. There are apples, pumpkins, ghosts, trees, flowers….You get the picture!

Here’s where Mindy gets even cooler….She’s letting me share one of her most popular Gourment French Macaron recipes here on the blog with you today! Can you think of a better way to celebrate our “In the Kitchen” theme?

Chocolate French Macarons with Chocolate Ganache Filling

*Note: This recipe has been modified from the book. For all of Mindy’s macaroon tips and tricks (there are many), go buy Gourmet French Macarons!

Before you start on this recipe head over to Creative Juice and pick up the free circle template that you’ll use in creating your cookies!

Chocolate Macaroon Recipe via Creative Juice 

Chocolate Gourmet French Macarons Recipe

100g of egg whites aged at room temperature

Pinch of Cream of tartar

35g of superfine sugar

110g of Almond flour

200g of Powdered Sugar

10g cocoa powder

1. Measure out all ingredients using a gram scale

2. Prepare the baking sheets by lining them with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Slide a printed 1 ½ inch template sheet underneath and set aside. Prepare piping bag to be filled and set aside.

3. Sift powdered sugar, almond mixture, and cocoa powder together two or three times through a sieve and set aside.

4. Place the egg whites in a large bowl or in stand mixer with wire whisk attachment. Whisk on low until egg whites become foamy. Add the pinch of cream of tartar. Continue to whisk until soft peaks form. Slowly add in the superfine sugar. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, scrape down the sides with a spatula.

5. Turn your mixer on medium-high and continue to whisk until you reach a stiff meringue. If adding liquid or gel food dye, do so toward the end of whisking.

6. Sift 1/3 of the almond flour, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder mixture through the sieve and into the meringue. Fold the dry mixture into the meringue. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Once all of the dry ingredients are incorporated, the batter will be thick and have a dull shine. Continue to fold. As you do so, the batter will loosen. Stop folding when the batter has a glossy sheen, a “lava-like” consistency, and falls in a ribbon like manner off the spatula.

7. Transfer the batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a round tip and pipe 1½ inch rounds on the parchment paper following the template.

8. When all of the rounds are piped on the parchment, rap the sheet pans evenly on work surface a few times. Remove templates from below your parchment paper carefully. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 20-40 minutes.

9. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes rotating the pan half way through.

10.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.

11.  Match up similar size shells into pairs and sandwich with filling.


About 4 dozen 1.5 in shells (two dozen sandwiched macaron cookies)

Chocolate Ganache Filling

100 g (3.5 oz) chocolate*

1½ Tbsp. heavy cream

Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.

Boil cream and pour over chocolate.

Stir until all the chocolate has melted and texture is smooth**

When warm, pipe onto macaron shells.

*I prefer to use the mini chocolate chips when possible to speed up the process.

** If the cream is not able to melt all the chocolate, place bowl in microwave. Heat for 20 seconds on low power. Remove and stir. Repeat until chocolate is fully melted.


Mindy has agreed to giveaway one digital copy of Gourmet French Macarons to one lucky SYTYC reader.

Entering is simple. Leave me a comment and let me know what dessert you love to make. Once you’re done, be sure to use the Rafflecopter widget to record your entry and take advantage of the extra entries available!

This giveaway closes on Monday, Sept. 9!

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