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Slow Cooker Tortellini With Sausage and Cheese

Slow Cooker Tortellini With Sausage and Cheese

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Preparation time: 30 minutes
Slow Cooker Size 3.5L+
Serves: 12
Cooking time: 8 ½ hours on LOW.

Everybody loves pasta, right? The pasta used in this slow cooker recipe is tortellini. Tortellini is pasta that is shaped like a ring and is often stuffed with some type of sausage. In this recipe you are going to be using cheese stuffed tortellini and the sausage will be added externally.

Legend has it that the pasta was created when someone in the days of yore became overly intrigued with someone else’s belly button, and was inspired to create a pasta that resembled it – thus, tortellini was born!

This tortellini recipe will probably take you about 30 minutes to put together, and then you are going to cook it in the slow cooker for about 8 ½ hours. It will make about 12 servings. The recipe is wide open for substitutions, additions and omissions to suit your taste buds and creativity.

Slow Cooker Cheese Tortellini With Italian Sausage

  • 450g (1lb) of Italian sausage with the casings removed
  • 450g (1lb) of lean ground beef
  • olive oil for sautéing
  • 4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1litre (2 x 16oz jars) of your favourite marinara sauce
  • 500g (1lb) of fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 x 400 g (14oz) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, including the juice
  • 2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 450g (15oz) of fresh, frozen or refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 200g (6oz) of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 140g (4oz) of shredded parmesan cheese


Start the slow cooker on low heat with the lid on so it can be preheating while you are preparing the other foods.

Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet for sautéing. Add the minced garlic, the chopped onion, and the chopped bell pepper and cook until the onion becomes limp and translucent.

Add the Italian sausage and the ground beef to the skillet. Break the sausage and the ground beef up until it they are both crumbly. Cover the skillet and allow the meats to cook until they are browned. Drain off the excess grease and add the meat and vegetable mixture to the slow cooker.

Next, add the marinara sauce, the sliced mushrooms, the diced tomatoes (including the liquid from the can), the crushed red pepper and the Italian seasoning. Mix everything together well and allow the food to cook covered for 8 hours on low heat.

Remove the lid and add the tortellini. Stir until it is mixed in well. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top of the food, and then sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top of that. Replace the lid and continue to cook for another 20 minutes or so until the pasta is tender. Check it and allow more time if needed.

When your cheese tortellini, sausage and beef dish is finished cooking you can scoop it right out of the slow cooker onto dinner plates. Top with additional grated or shredded parmesan cheese if you like. It’s time to pass the garlic bread and pass the pasta!

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