This recipe Cheesy Tortellini Crockpot Soup caught my eye on Pinterest.  The pinner said this was “the BEST crockpot meal I’ve tried yet.”  That was enough to perk my ears up! I’ve wanted an easy, go-to, just -throw- it- all- together vegetarian crockpot recipe, and this was just the thing. I was unable to find the original source of the recipe on Pinterest, but if I could I would thank the person who shared this awesome recipe.

I’ve made it twice in a few months, and it was a hit with my family.  The flavor is really nice and the soup is filling and delicious. Even though it is not the lowest calorie meal, I take comfort in knowing it has a bunch of greens in it and a good bit of tomatoes.  If I’m going to treat my family to a creamy & cheesy meal, I like to balance with a bunch of vegetables. I serve this with a big green salad and crunchy cracker sticks for dipping.

Cheese Tortellini Crockpot Soup

16 oz frozen tortellini
1 small bag fresh spinach
2 cans (15 oz) Italian style diced tomatoes
1 box or 4 cups vegetable broth
1 block (8oz) cream cheese
salt & pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in the crockpot, chunking up the cream cheese.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring a couple times while cooking.

**Update: Many reader comments below suggest adding the tortellini at the end of the cooking time, about the last hour.  Some prefer the tortellini more al dente, less soft.