Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini {Freezer Meal}

Here is a one pot  meal that’s easier than spaghetti. It’s a pasta dish that cooks itself without boiling water. It tastes divine with crusty bread and a salad. Your guests will think you cooked all day when you really fixed it and forget it. It’s even quicker if you want to make this into a future freezer meal. Dump the first seven ingredients into a gallon freezer bag and label the following directions: Crock frozen on low eight hours. Add tortellini and spinach the last thirty minutes. Be sure to double bag the liquid ingredients and freeze in an upright position for easier crock pot placement. Slice the frozen bag open with kitchen shears on crocking day.

Yes, it’s that easy to have pasta for dinner. This is a modified version of my cheese tortellini soup that’s thicker when crocked and a bit heartier. If you want the soup version, click here. Both are freezer friendly and delicious. I highly recommend doubling this recipe for more leftovers. One batch will serve six hungry guests with no leftovers so double up and send some over to a needy neighbor on a chilly fall day. The fresh crocking instructions are as follows:

Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 49 1/2 oz. chicken broth (1 1/2 cartons)
  • 2 tsp. italian seasoning (basil works too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cheese tortellini -i like to buy dried for the pantry, but fresh and frozen work too
  • 8 oz. fresh spinach (frozen will work too)
  • parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Add the first seven ingredients to a crock pot set on high for four hours.
  2. Add cheese tortellini and spinach the last thirty minutes of crocking time.
  3. Close lid and allow tortellini to fully cook.
  4. Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired.
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Do you ever send a meal to a needy neighbor?

3 thoughts on “Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini {Freezer Meal}

  1. heartlandroad

    I would, but how can I tell if someone needs my help? It may seem like a stupid question, but people don’t like to admit when they’re struggling.

    1. admin

      I usually just let them know I’m dropping off a freezer meal and they can cook it when they want. For example, a friend’s husband is going through cancer and I asked if she needed meals. However she sort of declined and when I insisted on a freezer meal she could have on hand when it was a hectic night she took me up on it. Freezer meals are nice because they free you up from having to deliver hot on a schedule and it’s convenient for the recipient when they want to cook it.

  2. Heather C

    Jackie, your link to the cheese tortellini soup isn’t working. Do you still have it on your post because I’m not finding it under the soups? I’d love to try it! Thanks.

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