My hubby’s words: “This soup is outrageously yummy!”

In the heart of our bustling American kitchens, the slow food movement is making a spirited comeback. This resurgence is a tribute to timeless culinary practices from around the world, echoing the simplicity and depth of Italian “cucina povera.” Here, basic ingredients are transformed into deeply flavorful dishes. One such example is the Slow Cooker Creamy Sausage & Tortellini Soup, a dish that thrives on patience and a selection of high-quality ingredients. Laden with the richness of cream, the spice of Italian sausage, and the delicate cheese-filled tortellini, this soup is a comforting embrace on a cold day.

This creamy sausage and tortellini soup is a complete meal in itself but pairs beautifully with a crisp salad dressed in a light vinaigrette to balance its richness. Accompany it with a loaf of crusty bread, like ciabatta or baguette, perfect for savoring every last drop. For an added delight, consider serving it with a platter of charcuterie and sharp cheeses, offering a pleasant contrast to the soup’s creamy texture.

Slow Cooker Creamy Sausage & Tortellini Soup
Servings: 6-8


1 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ cups carrots, sliced

1 ½ cups celery, chopped

4 cups chicken broth

½ cup white wine (optional, or extra chicken broth)

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

Salt and pepper, to taste

20 oz. cheese tortellini, refrigerated or frozen

8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

3 cups spinach leaves, roughly chopped

1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half





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