Crock Pot Cheesy Tortellini

If you are looking for an easy, family-friendly dinner idea, look no further! My husband and kids went crazy for this Crockpot Cheesy Tortellini recipe!

My 20th class reunion is this summer, so of course the first week I begin to truly focus on fitness and weight loss, I make this decadent dish. Did I exceed my calorie goal the day I made this?


It was worth it, though. The sausage and spices simmering in the tomato sauce all day made the flavors meld beautifully, and the five cheese tortellini I used held up perfectly, even the next day.

I knew this Crock Pot Cheesy Tortellini would be a hit, since both  Crock Pot Cheesy Spinach and Tomato Tortellini and Crock Pot Butternut Squash Tortellini were winners, but I didn’t anticipate my family fighting over the tiny bit of leftovers when we were packing lunches the following morning. (My husband won that battle.)

Now I know to double the recipe. And save some extra calories for dinner, because yum!

I used my 3.5 Quart Crock-Pot Casserole Slow Cooker to make this if I’m doing a single batch, but need my larger  6.5-Quart Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker when I’m doubling this Crock Pot Cheesy Tortellini. (affiliate links)

Crock Pot Cheesy Tortellini

Crock Pot Cheesy Tortellini
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  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 32 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 9 oz package refrigerated or fresh cheese tortellini
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  1. In a large skillet, brown sausage. Drain grease, and add garlic and oregano.
  2. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant, but don't let it brown.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes and brown sugar and stir until combined.
  4. Pour sausage and tomato mixture into slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours.
  6. Add tortellini, and stir into sauce.
  7. Top with cheeses, cover, and cook 15-25 minutes more, until tortellini is cooked and cheese is melted.



This was delicious, and very simple to put together. I added some onion and pepperoni slices. I had a 22 oz bag of Pesto Tortellini, and used it all. It made a perfect mix of pasta and sauce. The pepperoni gave it a good kick, and I will make this again soon.


This was a hit with my family. I used one cup of parmesan and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese because that’s what I had on hand, and I thought it was plenty of cheesy topping. This dish could easily be modified for the oven by cooking the tortellini per package directions, mixing with the sauce in a baking dish, and cooking for about 20 minutes or so, adding the cheese and cooking about 15 minutes more until the cheese melts.

You will not believe how creamy and delicious this Crockpot Butternut Squash Tortellini recipe tastes!
Give this Crockpot Cheesy Spinach and Tomato Tortellini recipe a try if you're looking for a simple and delicious family-friendly dinner idea! Feel free to substitute your favorite tortellini and while it's excellent with the spinach and tomato, you can jazz it up with different vegetables or even some bacon bits if you want!


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