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Hearty Cheese Tortellini Recipe

Hearty Cheese Tortellini Recipe

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 YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 388 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 908mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Cheese Tortellini

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heddahopper User ID: 7184795 240805
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."

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oreo95 User ID: 2985724 237526
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!"

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KimandTommy User ID: 7946929 230539
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

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

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hchambers User ID: 7140928 228762
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

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

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Spooky123 User ID: 6521366 216416
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

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

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tinkeytin User ID: 5401814 216347
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"This dish is good. I also make one using tomato soup. My husband told me he don't like tomato soup, but, He had 3 bowls when I made it this way. Very good on a cold night."

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grandma2angels User ID: 3548024 216207
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"I've made this several times and my son just LOVES it!!!"

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keysgetaway User ID: 7547858 144855
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"My husband loves tortellini, and this is now this favorite tortellini dish. It has easy, inexpensive ingredients, perfect budget meal!"

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Leighb3 User ID: 7979812 183038
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"Yummy!!! Followed exactly and loved it, hubby wants to know when we can have it again while he finished off a second helping."

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dowitcher User ID: 1209489 184503
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"This was delicious. Any pasta could be exchanged for the tortellini.. Not sure I would add the mozzarella to the slow cooker. Perhaps put it on after serving."

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Mandy257 User ID: 6312943 184502
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"I have made this alot. I leave out the hamburger, and use a full pound of hot Italian sausage. My husband and the kids love it."

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myweisenberger User ID: 2107170 167442
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"My family LOVED this! Very definitely a 'do again"!!"

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MizzRissa User ID: 6656251 144854
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"I've made this several times since I saw it in the magazine a couple years ago. This is has become one of my favorite comfort foods. Very hearty and filling, and easy to make."

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LibbiPeach@cox.net User ID: 4441258 106434
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"I will have to double the recipe next time as it was gone too quickly."

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MrsStivers User ID: 6483218 100830
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"This was really good!"

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MALs User ID: 6387830 165869
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Very easy and yummy!"

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rlclaus User ID: 5433367 100573
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"This is a favorite at our house. My family was hooked the first time I made it. I actually substitued italian diced tomatoes with tomatoes with green chilies because that is what I had. It actually gave it a nice kicked up spicy flavor."

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grandmajab209 User ID: 4107862 210967
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"FANTASTIC RECIPE!! slow cooker IS WHAT MAKES IT!& THE AROMA THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE ALL DAY IS HEAVEN. YOU PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE SLOW COOKERS [CROCK POTS] DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR MISSING!!"

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TheChristmasLady User ID: 5117022 170724
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"What a nice simple supper. My husband loved it."

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suzzik User ID: 2182143 210966
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"Delicious!! I made it for company and they ate seconds!! Great with salad and italian bread!!"

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Brenda D User ID: 1438504 106429
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"YUM! My crew really enjoyed this. I did add a couple extra dashes of Italian seasoning and crushed a couple cloves of garlic & thru in. I will definitely make again and maybe throw in a few extra veggies...this should camoflage them nicely from my little picky eaters."

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krp1255 User ID: 1468891 210965
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"This is a recipe that I will make again for family and friends. My husband really liked the flavor and that it wasn't weighed down with alot of spices. I just used oregano for the seasoning and a little salt and pepper. Fresh Italian bread and it made the meal complete. Yummy!"

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SELOGY User ID: 5707243 170723
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"WE LOVE IT, IT IS SO GOOD ON A COLD, SNOWY DAY. DEFINITELY A KEEPER. SELOGY"

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wombatt User ID: 4256084 210964
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"yes"

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micahp User ID: 4254165 116551
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Is a slow cooker the same as a crock pot?"

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dkotagirl2 User ID: 4233701 144853
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I think it sounds good on the stove top or the slow cooker. Sometimes it's nice to put it on ahead of time and be done with it even if you aren't busy. I will try it, sounds yummy."

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paflaglady User ID: 4464011 115085
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I have a recipe that is almost exact to this. I have tried this different ways, cast iron pot on the stove top and slow cooker, also in a cast iron pot in the oven, low and slow. It is delicious every way but the stove top doesn't blend the flavors as much. Thanks for posting a great recipe. I use it all the time."

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steveieareno User ID: 1981005 184501
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Not all gals here.......You want to take it to the next step? Get some flour tortillas and tear about 3 of them in bite sizes pieces and place in the soup 20 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!"

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kalenapa User ID: 5452739 100557
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I haven't made yet but I am going to tomorrow; when I get the stuff. Sounds great! The Great thing about soup is the Love that is put in it, so matter how you cook it, slow or stove. The aroma and the joy of tasting and stirring is why I do stove top methods. I am home all the time, but busy gals use the slow cooker. I have never made the same soup twice, the same; cause we always seem to add something different. That is whats wonderful about soups, you make them your own. Can't wait to try this one and of course I will add my own touches, don't we all. Love to All Cooks"

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pickup2 User ID: 4287987 125728
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"But, gals, this is simple & delicious, got to try it, with the more veggies like poshlady! pickup2"

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minimaus User ID: 1816667 144852
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"This sounds great for a church supper,I will make it"

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steveieareno User ID: 1981005 167441
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I also don't like slow cookers. I have a defuser for my gas cook top and it works like a slow cooker. If you plan on staying at home. Cast iron pot."

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poshlady User ID: 4101263 210963
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I make a version of this in the slow cooker I add bell peppers, onions, 1 small carrot diced, 1/2 cup diced Celery, 1 bay leaf, Italian seasonings, garlic, oregano, basil, little sugar. I sometime put cooked Italian sausages cut into bite pieces. Let it cook on low in the crock pot .

I put the sauce over cooked spagetti, if there is any left in a couple of days, I make a lasagna with the leftover sauce add ricotta cheese, cheddar cheese, chopped spinach etc
Great favor! I always great rave reviews"

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Love2cook405 User ID: 3386777 116549
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Sounds wonderful - for all of those who do not understand the use of the slow cooker it is probably in order to help the spices and flavors to blend and make a great recipe. Think about when you make a great spagetti sauce - you let it cook for hours to blend the spices and flavors - what is better smelling or easier to make - Enjoy!!!!!!"

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ndfarmchick User ID: 2597010 170722
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Very good. Not too tought to make on the stove...just cook the meat as stated....then add the rest of the ingredients and cook until heated through!!"

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dsjorgy User ID: 2342538 170721
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"I haven's made this but make something similar. Has no ground beef, just italian sausage, a jar of spaghetti sause and pepperoni. Mix it all together, top with a little more shredded mozzarella and bake for about 30 min. This is my son's favorite casserolle and so easy to throw together after a hockey practice or game. Whenever we have team feed all the boys ask for this."

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rojoimages User ID: 4890632 184046
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Using a slow cooker makes NO sense here. Just heat the ingredients stove top. Makes no sense."

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wombatt User ID: 4256084 184041
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"all you have to do is cook your meat put in the rest cook thru then add totellini and heat thru and there your done no problem"

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carolkamps User ID: 4040863 115083
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Why can't you put a stove top alternative to the recipes? Not everyone like a slow cooker."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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