I love a good crock pot meal, especially on certain days of the week where my schedule doesn’t allow for anything more.
This recipe takes a little more “thought” than the normal crock pot meal only because you add the noodles on hour before the meal is done and the milk and spinach about 15 minutes before you serve. Other than that if you are in a pinch, need something easy and something that will satisfy any soup or pasta craving.
A creamy tortellini soup that is easy to make. Make with mushrooms, spinach, garlic, onion and basil. A veggie lover's dream!
- 1 - 1 1/2 - 2 ounce envelope white sauce mix, use Alfredo or Four Cheese
- 4 cups water
- 1 - 14 ounce can vegetable broth
- 1 ½ cups sliced fresh mushrooms
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, we usually don’t do this)
- 1 - 7 - 8 ounce package dried cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
- 1 - 12 ounce can evaporated milk (I use fat free)
- 6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves or torn spinach
- Ground black pepper (optional)
- Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
- *if you don’t have dried oregano and dried basil, just substitute them with 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
Place dry white sauce mix in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Gradually add the water to the white sauce mix, stirring until smooth. Stir in broth, mushrooms, onion, garlic, basil, salt, oregano, and cayenne pepper.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
Stir in dried tortellini. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 1 hour more or high-heat setting for 45 minutes more.
Stir in evaporated milk and fresh spinach and cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
If desired, sprinkle individual servings with black pepper and Parmesan cheese.
3 hour cook time is the amount of time to cook in the crock pot on the high setting.
My review: I love this recipe. When I double it I use one Alfredo and one packet of Four Cheese sauce and it is the best! The original recipe says it serves four, but trust me one batch serves all 7 of us and we always have extra. (Remember though that we are feeding 5 kids and they eat about ¾ of a cup for a serving and they are good to go.) This is a great recipe to double though and take to a friend. I think the left overs are even better the next day.
Kids review: They love the white sauce! They struggle with the mushrooms, but it easier for them to gobble it down when I serve it with breadsticks and use it as bribery.
Recipe Adapted from: BHG.com