This hearty slow cooker Tuscan Tortellini Soup will be a family favorite. It’s not only delicious but also simple to make! You’ll be amazed at how quickly it all comes together.

This tortellini soup is the perfect blend of delicious and savory, making it ideal for colder months. It’s easy to make and perfect for a family potluck on chilly nights!


There’s something about soup during the fall and winter months that I love. Last week, we had a slow cooker soup or stew four days out of the week! Not only was it easy for me, but dinner was delicious for the family.

I prefer tomato soup, while my children love anything with oodles of cheese. This Slow Cooker Tuscan Tortellini Soup is a hearty combination of both our favorite flavors.

Besides the appetizing dark red color, my favorite thing about this Slow Cooker Tuscan Tortellini Soup is that I can cook it in a crock-pot. To make this dish, simply add all ingredients to the pot and let simmer.

We completed our meal with some freshly grated parmesan cheese, pepper, and had an excellent dinner.


We made too much of this Slow Cooker Tuscan Tortellini Soup recipe and had to give some leftovers to a friend. They texted us the next day saying how great it was.

Not only is this soup delicious, but it’s also stunning. I would’ve loved to have just stared at it for a while, but my family was getting Hangry. My children didn’t even notice the kale in their soup because of the tomato base and cheese tortellini – a victory for me as a mom.


How long can you keep tortellini soup in the fridge?

Store this Tortellini Soup in an airtight container for up to 5 days. When you’re ready to eat it, heat it up on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can I freeze tortellini soup?

If you would like to save this soup for a later date, follow these instructions. First, let the soup cool before adding the tortellini. Next, find an appropriate freezer bag or container and seal it shut after getting rid of any extra air inside. You can keep the frozen tortellini next to the soup so they will be together when you’re ready to reheat and consume it.

While I don’t recommend freezing this soup after it has been made. With that said, if you needed to, I would use only one package of cheese tortellini, so that you have more broth (the most delicious part!)


I created this Slow Cooker Tuscan Tortellini Soup for you to try and I promise that it will quickly become a staple in your home. Made with love, enjoy this delicious soup from our family to yours.

How do you make Tortellini Soup?

In a large pan, add sausage, onion, and garlic.

Roughly chop while the sausage is cooking and cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is completely cooked through about 8-10 minutes.

Once the sausage is cooked, remove it from the heat and drain the excess grease if you desire.

In a 6 qt. slow cooker, add chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, cooked sausage, and all of the seasonings.

Put the lid onto the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5.

Add heavy cream, shredded parmesan cheese, and tortellini, and cook for another 20 minutes.

Then add chopped kale and cook another 10 minutes.

Once cooked, serve and garnish with more cheese if you so desire.

What can you make in a crockpot?

Pretty much anything! Soups, dinners, even desserts!

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Slow Cooker Tuscan Tortellini Soup

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 355 kcal
This hearty Tortellini Soup will be a family favorite. Delicious & easy to make, you're simply going to love how easy it comes together.
This hearty SLOW COOKER TUSCAN TORTELLINI SOUP will be a family favorite. Delicious & easy to make, you're simply going to love how easy it comes together.


  • 3 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth if you like a less salty soup, use low sodium
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet or spicy Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt to taste, I use 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cup kale roughly chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half-n-half milk would work too
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 20 ounce package refrigerated Cheese Tortellini or 2 – 9 ounce packages


  • In a large pan add sausage, onion, and garlic. Roughly chop while the sausage is cooking and cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is completely cooked through; about 8-10 minutes. 
  • Once sausage is cooked remove from heat and drain excess grease if you desire.
  • In a 6 qt. slow cooker add chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, cooked sausage and all of the seasonings.
  • Add lid onto slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low 4-5.
  • Add heavy cream, shredded parmesan cheese, and tortellini and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Then add chopped kale and cook another 10 minutes.
  • Once cooked, serve and garnish with more cheese if you so desire.


Calories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 18gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 686mgPotassium: 353mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1308IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 183mgIron: 2mg
This hearty SLOW COOKER TUSCAN TORTELLINI SOUP will be a family favorite. Delicious & easy to make, you're simply going to love how easy it comes together.
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  1. Hi! This sounds amazing,
    So much so, that I am
    Thinking of making this today! I should
    Have it all except the sausage and tortellini, that is an easy fix
    Though! How much broth do you put in? Thanks!

      1. Hi there,
        This is my 3rd time making this, but today my sauce seems thick. I used the guide to reduce the servings down to 4 people. Anyhow, should it be more on the thicker side than thinner and can / should I add a bit more broth to thin it out a bit? Thoughts?

        1. Hi! It may be that it cooked faster than the recipe specifies because of the difference in volume. You can add a little more broth and adjust seasonings as you’d like to thin it out a bit, and next time try shortening the cooking time to see if that helps.

    1. 5 stars
      I cook. This soup is outstanding! My Mother-in-Law said it tasted like Italy! A crusty bread is a must! Thank you!

  2. Oh, my! I made this today. It is sooooooo delicious! It makes enough to feed a crowd! I will have plenty of leftovers to freeze and pull out for several meals! Yay!

    1. This was made with refrigerated, but if you only have dried that should work too! Just adjust the time to ensure that they are fully cooked to your liking.

  3. Anyone make this dairy free or no heavy cream?

    I made this exact and we could not get enough! Just trying to cut a little bit of the dairy out. I’m a nursing momma

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t made it without the cream so I’m not completely sure. If you are okay with coconut, then coconut cream may be a good substitute.

    2. I made this dairy free! I bought vegan tortellini and used a can of full fat coconut milk and forgot the grated cheese! Still soo yummy!

  4. Hi, if I am making this as a freezer meal, would you suggest adding the cream, the cheese and tortellini into the crock pot when ready to eat?

  5. Has anyone substituted the kale for another leafy green? I’m not a big kale person but would love to try this recipe!

    1. Spinach is definitely worth a try, but you can always make it without any! If you want the pop of green you could just use some fresh basil as well. Let us know what you think once you make it!

  6. This soup was simple and delicious. I couldn’t get 3 cans of crushed tomatoes in it would over fill the crockpot. All other ingredients worked but I left out the cream. Not to my taste. Will be making this often over the winter.

    1. You won’t need to change much! If you choose to brown the onions first, then saute them with a little oil and the garlic as directed. If you’re in a pinch you can add them directly to the bottom of the slow cooker, but they won’t have as much flavor as browning them first would. You can substitute the chicken broth with an equal amount of vegetable broth or whatever substitute you prefer.

        1. We don’t have exact measurements for the servings but for the nutrition facts, it will be around 1 1/4 cups per serving.

  7. 3 stars
    i thought the liquid proportions were all wrong. i only used 1 cup of tomatoes and 4 cups of chicken broth. it also needs more tortellini. i used a 14 oz package and it still wasn’t enough. nice taste to the broth using the lesser proportions

  8. 3 stars
    the taste is really good except it is way too salty. 🙁 Huge batch of salty salty soup. Omit the salt people and add to your own bowl if needed.

    1. I’m so sorry it came out too salty for your taste! You can definitely use low-sodium chicken broth and adjust the sodium level from there. The tomatoes you used may also have had added salt. I updated the recipe card so the salt is added to taste.

  9. Hi! Can you please confirm the amounts for the liquid ingredients? Also, assuming you cut the sausage before putting in the slow cooker??

    1. Hi Katie! The liquid ingredients are as stated in the recipe card at the bottom. You use 3 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes, or 84 oz total, 6 cups of chicken broth, and 1 cup of heavy cream. The sausage used in the recipe is ground, not in any casing. If you can only find sausage links, remove the casing first and cook in a skillet while breaking up any chunks until browned as stated in step 1 of the recipe. Let us know if you have any other questions, and enjoy!

      1. Inthe video you used 2 cans of crushed tomatoes but in the recipe you have 3. May you please confirm how much to use?

  10. Hi there,

    When you add in the cream, tortellini, etc for an additional 20 mins, then an additional 10 with the kale, is the slow cooker set on low or high?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Olivia! The last 20 minutes is just to heat the rest of the ingredients. Either setting should do the trick if the other ingredients are already hot! If you cook it on low and feel it needs more time to heat up, you can definitely add time or turn it to high for those 20 minutes. I hope this helps! Enjoy!

  11. How would you suggest I proceed if I want to make a full batch, eat half and freeze half? Thanks for the awesome recipe- it looks like it will be a hit!

    1. Hi Holly! You can definitely freeze the recipe as is! But for best, freshest tasting results, I would take out the half to freeze before step 5. Then when you go to thaw it, put it in a pot and simmer with the remaining ingredients until everything is heated. Let us know how it turns out!

  12. I make this for friends all the time, it is so delicious and every one loves it. Can you tell me how many calories per serving?

    1. I’m so glad to hear that! One serving is about 355 calories, based on it feeding 12, so around 1 cup per serving. I updated the recipe to include the full nutrition facts!

  13. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness. This is the best thing I’ve ever made!!! My husband loves it too! Silly me forgot to change the serving size so my husband and I have PLENTY of leftovers! Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe!

    1. Leftovers are always great! So glad to hear you enjoyed the soup, thank you for reading!

    1. Hi Laura! You can definitely use frozen kale. I would recommend thawing it and draining any liquid before adding it to the soup and simmering until it’s tender and heated through. Enjoy!

      1. I just made this using tomatoes from my garden. I used 12 Roman and 12 early girl. Tomato’s. I cut them in pieces and crushed them. 1 hour into cooking in the crock pot. On low. It smells so good. Next time I’m going to roast the tomatoes first. I always roast my tomatoes before adding to a recipe. Not sure why I forgot. I do not have any kale, so I’m just going to add a cup of purple basil from my garden. I can’t wait for this to be done cooking.

        1. Using fresh tomatoes sounds SO delicious! We will definitely have to try it out. I hope it turned out amazing, thank you for giving it a try!

  14. 5 stars
    This was absolutely DELISH!! I added a combination of Sweet & Hot Sausage and included 2 Packages of the Cheese Tortellini. I couldnt find that brand but subbed with a 5 cheese tortellini. It turned out sooo good, my crockpot was filled to the brim. It was just as good the next day! Will be making this again soon:) Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Hi I would like to make this for our church potluck. If I make it the night before, is it ok to add all ingredients, keep it in the fridge and put it on low the next day, until everything heats up? If so, how long do you think it will take?
    Thanks so much, perfect for a November potluck!

  16. I’m a bit confused about the cheese.. Both shredded and grated are mentioned but not both in listed ingredients. Do you put a cup of shredded or grated in the soup?

    1. Hi Dana! You can use either one, we just use whatever we have on hand or if we’re using a fresh block we finely shred it so it melts faster! Hope this helps.

  17. 5 stars
    This soup is amazing! My husband would be thrilled if I made it once a week! It makes a ton so before adding the creamer, kale and tortellini I always take half out to freeze. We still get two nights out of the half I leave in, and I have an easy dinner ready to go for another time. (Just let it thaw for several hours and put it in the crockpot, or a dutch oven, to heat then add the other items as usual.) Serve it with crusty buttered bread and it is perfection! Thanks for this new favorite recipe!!

  18. 5 stars
    Amazing! This soup was so so good. Very easy to make and enjoyable to the last drop in our bowls.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  19. 4 stars
    This is a great recipe taste wise!!! , but I think it needs to be halved, there was no way I could get 6 cups of broth and 3 large (28 oz), cans of crushed tomatoes, in my slow cooker, plus the other ingredients, and I have a 6 qt slow cooker, I ended up having to remove quiet a bit of the ingredients before turning the slow cooker on just knowing that I still had the cream and kale and tortellini to add at the end, there was no way that was going to happen, and it was still up to the very top with no room to even stir it…I think I’ll try this again but will half the recipe…

  20. 5 stars
    Hi Jenn,
    I made this last night and it was exactly as I hoped it would be. Very easy to make and was very flavourful and warming on a cold Canadian winter’s night. For those who might be interested, just above the ingredients lists, where it reads “Servings 12” click on the 12 and you can reduce the servings and then the ingredient list changes. I changed it to 4 servings and that was the perfect amount for my husband and I. The measurements came out to .67 etc. so I put all spices to 1/2 tsp. cheese and cream to 1/3 cup and 1 can tomatoes and 2 cups broth and used 3 sausage links. I will definitely make this again. REALLY good recipe! Well done!

  21. 5 stars
    I just made this soup today. It’s outstanding! It’s such a great meal on a cold, winter night in Southeastern Kentucky’. I halved the recipe, just in case it wasn’t great. Also, since I was home for the day, I did it on the stove instead of crockpot. I used the same recipe, just keeping temperatures low like in crockpot.
    Next time, I’ll do the whole recipe. It’s delicious. Thank you!

  22. Like others have said it’s way too much liquid for a 6 quart crockpot. I put the canned tomatoes in first and it was already 3/4 full. Only used 4 cups of broth and now it’s to the brim. I’m still gonna let it cook but I’m gonna have to dump all this in my Dutch oven to finish cooking it since there’s no way pasta and cream are going to fit. It looks and smells delicious though! Next time, use only half the amount of liquid and it will turn out fine

    1. Hi Courtney! We do not have an Instant Pot and haven’t tested the recipe in one, so we can’t say for sure how to adjust it. If you give it a try be sure to let us know how it goes!

      1. 5 stars
        I made this last night along with a Dutch oven crusty bread. Yum!! The soup was delicious. I followed the recipe to a T and would not change a thing. The broth was very flavorful and good ratio of broth to tortellini. I even had my guy eating kale!! This recipe is a keeper!!!

  23. 5 stars
    This is in the crock pot now. I’m so worried bc I jumped ahead and added in the kale and the cream right away instead of adding late. Think it will turn out ok?

  24. 5 stars
    This soup is DELICIOUS!! Made it for my husband and I and then a friend stopped by- RAVE reviews all around including “I think this is the best soup I’ve ever had!” Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!! It is a WINNER!

  25. 5 stars
    WOW! This Tuscan Tortellini Soup is fantastic!! Everyone loved it so much!! Can’t wait to make it again and again!

  26. I veganized this recipe and it was delicious! Instead of chicken broth, I used veggie broth. Instead of pork sausage, I used Beyond sausage. Instead of the tortellini brand recommended, I used Kite Hill. Instead of heavy cream, I used extra creamy oat milk. And instead of dairy parm, I used Violife parm.

    So good!

  27. 3 stars
    Ok I did really like this but I did not have a crockpot big enough – I swear mine is a 6 qt but it was literally up to the brim before I added the tortellini, kale, cream and cheese. I transferred it from the crock pot to a heavy bottomed pot and it was up to the edge after I added the remaining ingredients. I ended up removing several cups of the broth to make room in the pot and to make it more like a stew. All that said, it was very delicious. If I make it again, I would cut back on the tomatoes and maybe the broth too.

    1. I am glad you liked it, even though it made it a lot, hopefully, next time with your adjustments it will work in your slow cooker.

  28. in the video it only shows two cans of crushed tomato and the recipe calls for three.
    just wanted to confirm that three cans was the right amount

    can’t wait to try this!

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