Crock Pot Tortellini Stew

I like to keep my kitchen cool in the summer.  How about you?  When you crank up the oven, does your kitchen seem too hot to endure?

Even in hot summers, HH wants a hot meal occasionally.  No sissy food like chicken salad or strawberry salad for him!  The crock pot is my favorite device for hot food and a cool kitchen.

Remember the girls’ trip with my high school friends?  Mel, who raised three strapping athletes, made this stew for us one night on our trip this year.

Doesn’t it look delicious?  It is!

Tortellini Stew

Adding spinach for a health boost is something I like to do whenever possible.

I made this recipe for our Father’s Day meal since HH loves pasta.  I added bowls to My Family’s Favorite Tablescape Ever for the stew, and we ate salad and toasted bread (for sopping that creamy sauce!).

Bowl of Tortellini Stew

To begin, melt a block of cream cheese into chicken broth in a crock pot.

Melting Cream Cheese

After the block has softened, whisk until dissolved.


Add all other ingredients (except tortellini), and cook a few hours on low.   An hour and a half before serving, add cheese-filled tortellini.

Crock Pot Tortellini Stew

I call it a company-worthy recipe.

Crock Pot Tortellini Stew
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A tortellini stew made in the crock pot - spicy Italian sausage, tomatoes, fresh spinach, tortellini...all in a tasty cream sauce.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound ground spicy Italian sausage, browned and drained
  • 2 15-ounce cans of dices tomatoes (I used fire roasted for one can)
  • 32 ounces of chicken broth
  • 8 ounce block of cream cheese
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 pound of frozen tortellini
  • 1 tablespoon each of dried basil and oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Put chicken broth and cream cheese in crock pot on high. Heat until cheese is melted. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Add all other ingredients except tortellini and turn crock pot on low, simmering for several hours. (Don't add tortellini yet because it will become too soggy.)
  3. Add tortellini 1-1/2 hours before serving and continue cooking on low.
  4. Serve with salad and crusty French bread (for sopping the delicious cream sauce).

Thank you, Mel.  Your tortellini stew is wonderfully tasty – and especially easy in a crock pot.  No hot kitchen here!

How do you keep your kitchen cool during summer?  Any secrets you have to share?


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    • says

      Yes, it is good, Jenna. The liquid is a little thicker than soup, and you could certainly thicken it more. Enjoy! 🙂

  1. Pam says

    mmmmmm——- I’ll be trying this for sure. As soon as I saw there was cream cheese in it I was sold – hah.

  2. says

    Hi Kim,
    I’ve planned to write you a note for some time. I always look forward to your posts. You are kind, thoughtful and just refreshing. I really appreciate you sharing your ideas, talent, decorating, table scapes and recipes with us. Thank you, too, for your devotional and encouraging words to live by. I want you to know that I purchased the Hoover Air Lite Vacuum after reading your post and I, too, love it. The vacuum I had was too difficult to disengage for hardwood floors and had too much suction for rugs. I believe it would suction the fur off a cat. Thanks for this helpful post. You won’t believe my husband has an old carpenters chest almost identical to the one you finished for a coffee table. Ours is practically the same color and only has a half tray inside. I’m toying with the idea of paint and bun feet. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration.
    Love, hugs and prayers.
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    • says

      Mary, your kindness has me in tears. Thank you! I’m thrilled you like to “visit” me here and wish you could come over for sweet tea on the porch sometime! I enjoy sharing the things that make my life easier, so I’m glad you like the vacuum. I bought a second vacuum just last week for our kids’ college apartment they’ll be sharing soon. It’s crazy to be so wild about a vacuum cleaner! That’s really neat about your husband’s carpenter’s chest. (I called it a tool box, but your name is so much better!) We are really enjoying ours, and my husband brags about it to family when they visit. I think using things like that in our everyday surroundings means so much more than buying pieces off a showroom floor. The stories our homes can tell! Thank you for being a faithful reader. I love hearing from you, so let me know what you decide about your chest! Blessings and a big hug~

  3. teresa says

    Keep these crockpot recipes coming! I have a Chambers stove and use the Thermowell in the Summer to prepare anything hot. I can bake in it as well, so that keeps the heat down. It basically cooks with the gas turned off. Even cold or room temp dishes often need the ingredients cooked prior so it helps a lot. However, I personally could live on salads all summer.

    • says

      That’s wonderful, Teresa. I love the vintage look of stoves like yours. What a great bonus to have so many choices for cooking!