Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup

Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup Recipe – effortless to make and tastes AMAZING! Chicken broth, tomato soup, diced tomatoes, Italian sausage, chive & onion cream cheese, and cheese tortellini combine to make THE BEST tomato soup EVER! Just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it work its magic. Serve soup with a salad and garlic bread for an easy weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy!

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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

This Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup is a new favorite. I love creamy tomato soup. I order it anytime it is on the menu! Take a yummy creamy tomato soup and add Italian Sausage and cheese tortellini and I am in foodie heaven! All of my favorites rolled into one delicious dish. The best part about this recipe is that it is made in a slow cooker. Just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it work its magic!

stirring tomato tortellini soup in a crock pot

How to Make Tomato Tortellini Soup

This soup is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large skillet cook Italian sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Transfer cooked sausage to a 6-qt slow cooker. Add condensed tomato soup, petite diced tomatoes, and chicken broth to the crock pot and stir to combine. Season with garlic salt and black pepper to taste. Cover the crockpot and cook on LOW heat for 6 to 8 hours. Add chive and onion cream cheese to the pot. Use a whisk to incorporate the cream cheese into the soup. Add uncooked cheese tortellini pasta to the crockpot. Cover and cook on HIGH heat for 15 to 30 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Can substitute ground beef, turkey sausage, or ground chicken.
    • Can use regular breakfast pork sausage such as Jimmy Dean.
  • If you don’t want any chunks of tomato in the soup, substitute a can of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce.
  • Can substitute vegetable broth and omit the sausage for a vegetarian dish.
  • Fresh herbs and veggies make great additions. Here are some of our favorite variations:
    • spinach
    • sauteed onions
    • celery
    • carrots
    • heavy cream
    • garlic
    • rosemary
    • oregano
  • Can substitute plain cream cheese. We like the extra flavor that the chive and onion cream cheese adds to the soup. If using plain cream cheese, I suggest adding more seasoning such as onion powder and garlic powder.
  • You can use refrigerated or frozen tortellini. There is no need to thaw the tortellini before adding it to the soup.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make Tortellini Soup on the stovetop? Yes! In a large Dutch oven, cook Italian sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Add tomato soup, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Stir well. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add cream cheese to the soup and whisk to incorporate. Add uncooked cheese tortellini pasta and cook until the pasta is tender.
  • Can you freeze tomato tortellini soup? Yes! Cook the soup and cool to room temperature. Transfer the soup to freezer bags or plastic containers. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • If making this exclusively as a freezer meal, wait to add the pasta until you reheat the soup.
    • Thaw and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
    • The pasta will absorb some of the liquid in the soup. Add more broth or a splash of heavy cream to reach the desired consistency.
  • Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • The soup will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
    • Keep in mind that as time goes on, the pasta will soak up the broth and get puffy.
      • Add more broth or a splash of heavy cream when reheating the soup to reach the desired consistency.
bowl of tomato soup with tortellini and italian sausage on a plate with a spoon on top of a red checked tablecloth

What to Serve with Tomato Soup

This Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup was a huge hit in our house. We ate this for dinner and leftover for lunch the next day. I am already planning on making this again very soon. I just can’t get enough of this soup!! The creaminess comes from onion and chive cream cheese. It adds SO much flavor to the soup! I could eat this every week this fall and winter and never tire of it!

I’ve got a couple of fabulous suggestions that will take your soup game to the next level. First up, a fresh and vibrant side salad is always a winner. Toss together some crisp lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a Creamy Italian Dressing to complement the flavors of the soup. Another fantastic option is crusty garlic bread. There’s just something magical about dipping warm, garlicky bread into a rich tomato soup. It’s the ultimate comfort food combo. So there you have it, whether you go for a refreshing salad or some mouthwatering garlic bread with olive oil dip, these sides will elevate your tortellini soup to a whole new level of deliciousness.

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Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup Recipe – effortless to make and tastes AMAZING! Chicken broth, tomato soup, diced tomatoes, Italian sausage, chive & onion cream cheese, and cheese tortellini combine to make THE BEST tomato soup EVER! Just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it work its magic. Serve soup with a salad and garlic bread for an easy weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy!


  • 1 -lb Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 (32-oz) container chicken broth
  • 1 (28-oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 (10.5-oz) cans tomato soup
  • 2 (8-oz) containers chive and onion cream cheese spread, softened
  • 1 (18-oz) package refrigerated cheese tortellini, uncooked


  • In a skillet, cook Italian sausage until browned and no longer pink. Transfer cooked sausage to slow cooker.
  • Add chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato soup to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours.
  • Stir in cream cheese and cheese tortellini. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15 to 30 minutes, until tortellini is cooked.


Can substitute vegetable broth and leave out the sausage for a vegetarian dish.
Can leave out the pasta for a low-carb/keto-friendly soup.


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  1. Absolutely love this recipe. Crock pot meals were easy in college and this was a staple for my roommates and I. I still have friends messaging me for the recipe. I share it with anyone who asks me for something new to try.

  2. Haven’t served it yet, but made this tonight. The flavor seems to be there, but my cream cheese isn’t like melting into the soup. It’s super separated and chunky. It’s been 30 min. Do I just need to give it a little more time? What did I do wrong? I did use regular cream cheese instead of the onions and chives because I do not do onions at all.

    1. I am using frozen tortellini and I was wondering can I put all.of it.together on low for the day? Do you to wait until the end.for the noodles and cream cheese??

      1. Made this,huge hit with everyone, do you know how many calories are in a cup? Plan to add some of your suggestions next time, spinach, onion, but even the kids loved the recipe as is.

  3. Love this recipe! We typically bypass the sausage and we add mushrooms and spinach to this as well!

    It’s soooo good and so simple. Definitely even better the next day or freezing for future!

  4. Do you have to cook the sausage beforehand? Why couldn’t you just add the sausage raw to the crockpot with everything else?

    1. I think it would be to greasy if you cooked the sausage in the crock pot. Cooking ahead allows you to drain the grease before adding.

  5. Was wondering if you could make this in the instant pot? Your recipe for tortellini soup is our favorite! I haven’t figured out the crock pot in the foodie ninja yet. Did I mention we live and cook in an RV? We’ve somehow been successful, sort of, in doing this but would be easier if we had a recipe to follow.

  6. This is one of my family’s favorites. I usually sub veg broth and impossible sausage (sprinkled on top after) and add spinach near the end for a bit of green. I’ve used regular can tomato sauce when I don’t have tomato soup and also cooked on the stove when I’m short on time. Every time it’s still amazing. Love it!

      1. Do you cut up the cooked sausage before putting in slow cooker or does it break up while cooking?

        I’m also trying mild Italian chicken sausage because we don’t like pork sausage.

  7. I am going to make for a work event. Can I make the day before and refrigerate and then reheat the next day in the crockpot?

  8. I have made this a couple of times now and it’s delicious. Made it stove top in a dutch oven. It’s creamy, very filling and makes a lot. Might make it next time with spicier sausage. I used frozen tortellini and just threw it in the pot with the softened cream cheese at the end for about 30 min. It’s even better the next day. Oh by the way, I love your recipes.

  9. What are the directions for making this on top of stove, please? Thank you! I need to make this today, so, I hope someone responds soon! Thanks! I’ve only made it in the crock pot and it was a big hit! ❤️

    1. Cook the sausage, drain excess grease, add remaining ingredients except pasta and cream cheese. Bring to a boil and simmer until hot. Add pasta and cream cheese and cook until cheese is melted and the pasta is tender.

    2. I have a small crock pot and had to make mine in a Dutch oven. My fiancé doesn’t eat pork or beef so I browned my turkey Italian sausage with a little butter and then added broth, soup, and tomatoes. Brought to a boil and simmered for 15 minutes. Added tortellini and cream cheese, brought to a boil, and then simmered for another 15 minutes. It was perfect!

  10. Made this for dinner tonight. Such an easy recipe and the family loved it. This will be a new staple on these rainy days.

      1. I am making this for dinner tonight, I want to add fresh spinach, should I add that when I put in the cream cheese and tortellini?

  11. Can you make the sausage the night before if you are putting it in before work? I get up at 6 to get ready. I was going to throw it all in and go but wasnt sure if that was okay or not.

  12. This soup is freakin fabulous! I couldn’t get two chive and onion cream cheeses so I used one and a garden vegetable one. I also nixed the tomatoes and added a third can of soup. I ate it for a week but man is it yummy! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!!

    1. I’m sure you could. I haven’t made this in the Instant Pot, so I can not say what the cooking time would be.

  13. YUM– and easy to make — LOVED this! ..note: it makes a lot so next time I’ll cut the recipe in half since its just for 2 people at my house

    1. I just made this today. Though I would’ve liked to have tried it with sausage, I have a friend with kidney disease and she cannot eat sausage, so I traded out the sausage for chicken and it was very good. I agree with you about making a half batch because it made a whole pot full. I went to Panera Bread and got some bread bowls to serve it in. Yum. I also added a hint of dill weed to the pot and that is amazing!!

  14. I have made this soup according to the recipe once before and I love it. It is so good. However it makes a ton and it is just my husband and I. There was too much left over for just the two of us. I am going to try to reduce the amount of the ingredients and see if that helps.

  15. Made this soup for a soup contest and everyone loved it! Flavor of the broth is delicious. I’ve made this twice now and will continue making it!!

  16. Love this recipe! It makes several servings. Jessica Braun mentioned this recipe in one of her YouTube videos and she wasn’t wrong… 100/100. Would definitely make again!

    1. I accidentally bought the Barilla dry tortellini instead of refrigerated. Could I add the dry pasta to the soup to cook? Say maybe 2hrs from the finish time or do you think cooking to package directions and adding as if it were refrigerated would work better?

  17. Okay so I’ve been making this recipe for about 3 years and I LOVE it. I’m currently making my fave dishes and freezing them for my sister who is about to have a baby. Have you ever tried freezing this dish? Thanks for this recipe, it’s always a hit in our house

    1. You can definitely freeze the soup. You may consider making the soup without the pasta since you are making this exclusively for a freezer meal. She can add it when she reheats it.

      It will be fine frozen with the pasta. The pasta will just absorb some of the soup liquid. She will probably need to add a little water or broth when reheating.

  18. The soup was delicious, but I’m wondering how you go about reheating it? The noodles soaked up all the juices so when I Went to eat my leftovers it was more like a hamburger helper than a soup.

  19. I made this stove top. I followed all the ingredients except (1) I used turkey sausage, and (2) I only used 1/3 of the suggested cream cheese. It was super creamy and I can’t imagine if I had added more. Served with garlic bread and everyone loved it!

    1. Did you try this? I was wondering the cook time. I’m think six minutes….I’ve made in the crock pot and it was dreamy!

  20. How do you know if you should move on after 6,7, or 8 hours?! What am I looking for to know its time to add tortellini?

  21. This is on a constant rotation in our home! We love it! The only change I’ve made is I use one container of cc and I use the vegetable flavored. We also just cook on the stove for about 30 min. And serve with garlic bread! Delicious and easy! 🥰

  22. Just wondering what you would consider 1 serving of this? Measurement wise.. About a cup and a half? Thanks!

  23. The can of soup instruction says to add a can of water. Should I do the same when I use the soup for this dish in the slow cooker?

  24. Delicious! I added some Italian seasoning and use leN beef instead of pork sausage. It is amazing!!! We make this at least once a month.

  25. This was so easy and good! Only 6 ingredients but tastes gourmet! Love those kinds of recipes. And of course, chewy Italian or French bread to go with it. I used a 5 qt slow cooker.

  26. I started this before I went to work this morning and oh my word!!!! So good! My hubby loved it. I used two breakfast sausage pkgs, sautéed a sm onion, heaping spoon of jarred garlic, deglazed the pan with a little white wine. Had a little beef broth I needed to use up in addition to the chicken broth. I did add an extra can of soup. I used the two containers of cream cheese & 2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes. My Aldi’s didn’t have petite diced tomatoes so I mashed them up. Will definitely be making this again and again!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

      1. I just made this last night and did, in fact, use the Progresso Tomato Basil soup (1can) and it turned out wonderfully. I also added a small diced onion, 10 oz of frozen chopped spinach, 1/2 cup of carrot shreds, beef bone broth(was out of chicken), and 1/2 cup of dry red wine. Added the 2 containers of cream cheese and tortellini in the last 30 min and it came out perfectly! The entire family LOVED it!! (I know I strayed from the original recipe, but I try to sneak in as many veggies as possible.😜). We will definitely be making this again!!

      2. Love this. And is a family favorite. With garlic, toasted baquette bread, I add some extra garlic, can of rotel tomatoes, and 2 cans tomato soup. If it’s possible, I think it’s better the second day.

  27. I made this the other day and my husband keeps going back for seconds. He really likes it and a lot and I also found it super tasty. The broth especially is lovely.

    A few quick notes:
    1) I had to use frozen tortellini, but I sort of semi thawed them and they worked perfectly well.

    2) the amount of cream cheese needed was a bit more than 2 containers of the Philadelphia brand, so I eyeballed cutting up a third. I did not realize they needed to be taken out of the fridge, so I ended up with white flecks in my soup. Definitely have your cream cheese at room temperature.

    3) make certain you like the sausage your using. This is where my husband and I differ. I picked a mild sausage because I have some (but not a lot of) spice tolerance. Over all, I found the mild sausage I picked to be both not sweet enough and not spicy enough. My husband loves it, but I end up picking around the sausage. Make sure you include a sausage you like.

    I will definitely be making this again. It’s easy enough that even my adhd brain can focus enough to do it, and it’s super tasty and gives a number of meals afterwards. 10/10

  28. I just made it on the stove top. Added parsley, a little extra Italian seasoning, & used only one container of the cream cheese (2 seems like it would make it over powering) Easy recipe that taste great! Might add a little spinach next time.

  29. I only had link sausage so used that instead and got fantastic compliments on this recipe. It’s delicious y’all!

  30. I made this for the first time last winter and my family loved it! I made it in my Dutch oven with minor adjustments. Getting ready to make it again. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  31. We love this soup! So very easy. I am making some again today as we are having company….yummy soup, then wine by the bonfire by the lake. Perfection.

  32. This is very good. I added a chopped onion and cooked it on the stove top for 30 minutes. It’s comfort soup for sure.

  33. I used a mixture of ground sausage and ground beef. I also added in some cooked, sliced yellow onions, and some spices that I love like rosemary and some fresh sweet italian basil. Served it with some cheese-filled breadsticks or texas toast and it was great! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  34. I want to make this for a work thing. How many servings does this make? Will I need to double it to fill my 6 qt crock pot?

    1. I don’t know what regular tortellini means. If you are using dry pasta, it will take longer to cook than refrigerated tortellini pasta.

  35. I made this a couple of months ago, and have been craving it ever since! It is so delicious!!!! I am making it again this weekend, but trying roasted red pepper soup instead of tomato, and adding spinach. I’m hoping it’s just as good!

  36. Made this for dinner the other night, and the family LOVED it!!! I'm about to do another batch because it's cold outside and we need something to heat us up!!! Great recipe.

  37. Very, very good. For those who are concerned about the healthiness of it just use one container of cream cheese. I used only one container of low fat chive and onion cream cheese and it was still delicious and creamy; just a little more tomato flavor.

  38. This was a simple and delicious soup! My husband has not stopped raving about it .I didn't have italian sausage , but I did have a roll of pork sausage .I seasoned the sausage with italian seasoning, garlic and a tiny bit of sugar( to make it taste like sweet italian sausage) we will be making this again!

  39. Love this recipe!!! I’ve made it exactly according to the directions. And, once I didn’t have tomato soup and used a jar of spaghetti sauce instead and it still turned out great!

  40. How long would you cook it on high? Three hours? I’m guessing it’s better on low, but just wondering.

  41. I just made it on the stove top because I have no concept of time even as I approach 30 years old lol – made it for my husband's valentine day gift! It turned out amazing. He was very happy – and we have so many leftovers. I think it tastes even better heated back up!! I followed the recipe but just added some chopped garlic, onion, and some italian seasoning. And of course my secret ingredient – a certain hot sauce. But even without the extras it would have been fab. Just some salt and pepper. Thank you so much!

  42. Even hubby liked. Used Rotel tomatoes as we like things spicy. Threw in tortellini frozen but probably need to let cook maybe 5 minutes longer if frozen. Leftovers freeze well. Also used organic boxed tomato soup instead of canned. Don't care for the metal taste in canned. Yummy!

  43. I made this last night and it was so very good! I’ll add it to my favorite meals board on Pinterest. Hubby and I are empty nesters, so we have a lot left over, but our kids live nearby and I’m sure we will share some with them. Thanks for making such a good recipe!

  44. Great recipe. I used half hot Italian sausage and half chicken. I also added crushed red pepper, minced garlic and fresh baby spinach chopped along with the cream cheese.

  45. Wondering what could be an alternative for cream cheese to make this healthier? We are on a healthy eating kick

  46. What size slow cooker are you using? Mine is only 4 quart. I dont want to run out of room for all of the goodness!!!

      1. I made this in my instant pot last night and it was perfect. This is the second time ive made this. The first time i used 2 containers of cream cheese but i have found that one is enough. I have also passed this recipe on to many friends . I make this with regular ground breakfast sausage with a little italian seasoning . My husband doesn’t like italian sausage

      1. This was the BEST quick soup I’ve ever had! My guests don’t eat sausage so I substituted cooked chicken.
        I will absolutely make this again!

  47. This sounds sooo good! My husband won’t eat onion or chives though. Is there another type of cream cheese you recommend?

    1. You cannot tell there are onion or chives in it because it melts into it. I doubt he’s notice one bit.

  48. I just made it on the stove top and it worked just fine. I had to let it simmer for about 30 or 40 min to cook some of the liquid down before adding the cream cheese. I ended up adding fresh spinach at the very end and it was FANTASTIC. This soup hit the spot! I'll definitely be making it again.

  49. Anyone have a better idea instead of a can of tomato soup? Tomato juice along with can of tomato sauce? Any ideas I would love to hear. Thanks!

    1. I obviously don't have a "better idea" since I made it this way and LOVED it. You are more than welcome to experiment with the recipe and make it to your liking.

    1. Made this for dinner tonight — I was very curious about the ingredients. DELICIOUS!! Whole family liked it. Will now to into our soup rotation. Makes alot.

  50. could you do this on the stove and not use a slow cooker? if so, how long would you cook the sausage and soups before adding the cheese and tortellini?

        1. Brown the sausage, add the soup, broth, and tomatoes, bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cream cheese. Cook until the cheese has melted and the tortellini is softened.

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