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Hearty Cheese Tortellini Recipe
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Hearty Cheese Tortellini Recipe

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This is an easy, wonderful recipe that is simple enough for an everyday meal but good enough for company. It makes a large amount, so it feeds plenty of people. I serve it with steamed broccoli covered in a cheese sauce and fresh bread.—Christine Eilerts, Tulsa, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 388 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 908 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. In a small skillet, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the marinara sauce, tomatoes and mushrooms. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through.
  2. Prepare tortellini according to package directions; stir into meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Cheese Tortellini in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2009, p39

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"This was very good and filling! I, personally, would use less pasta of any kind. The flavors of the sauce should be enjoyed. This is a keeper! I've been losing my ability to taste food, so the spices really helped me enjoy this dish."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"So good and so easy! Made it yesterday for last nights dinner! Made it exactly as written, only change is I doubled it. Froze half the meat mixture just before adding the tortellini. I love these crockpot meals. Yes, this could easily be made on the stove top, but for me it was my day off and I always feel when I use the crockpot I have time off from cooking! Served it with a mixed green salad, garlic bread and bottle of wine. Perfect meal! Thank You Christine for sharing!"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"My husband does NOT usually like tortellini but loved this dish! Great meal, I will definitely keep this on hand!"

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

"Great an inexpensive dinner for a family. It always nice to add variety to pasta night."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Grandkids approve this recipe! We love this recipe. Easy to make. Thanks for sharing"

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