This is one of my favorite soups to fix ahead and have waiting on us when we come home. It’ll work great for your Sunday lunch or a weeknight dinner. All you have to do is brown a pound of sausage and toss it and all of the other ingredients into your slow cooker (or, if you don’t want to wait, toss it all into a soup pot and heat on the stove!).
1 pound ground sausage (leave out sausage for vegetarian option)
1 19 oz. bag of frozen tortellini (cheese or meat, your choice)
1 small bag of fresh spinach
2 cans of diced tomatoes (Italian style if you prefer, plain if you do not)
3-4 cups of chicken stock (2 cans if you’ve not made your own) (use vegetable stock for vegetarian option)
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese, cut into chunks
In a skillet, brown and drain sausage and then add it to the slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients, set slow cooker on low for 5 hours.
To round off our soup, I grab a loaf of fancy bread from a bakery to dip into the broth.