Slow Cooker Cheese Tortellini
You need a family friendly meal, you say? Well, here it is! Slow Cooker Cheese Tortellini is not only so easy because it's made entirely in the slow cooker, it's also a family favorite comfort food meal!
Servings 6 people
Calories 366 kcal
¼ cup panko bread crumbs ¼ cup milk 1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef 1 egg 1 teaspoon herb and garlic seasoning 24 oz pasta sauce 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes ½ cup heavy cream for later 10 oz fresh or dried cheese filled tortellini noodles for later Parmesan cheese for topping optional
Mix together panko and milk and let set for 5 minutes Mix meat, panko mixture, egg and seasoning in a medium mixing bowl. Form into tiny balls (bouncy ball size) and place all across bottom of slow cooker
Carefully add spaghetti sauce and tomatoes
Do not stir! - Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for about 8 hours or high for about 4 until meat is fully cooked Carefully remove meatballs and set aside Turn the slow cooker back to high and add the noodles and cream, stir well and add meatballs back on top. Let cook for around 15-20 minutes (or 30-40 minutes for dried tortellini)
Give it all a little stir and serve with Parmesan cheese if desired
Additional recipe notes:
If using dried instead of fresh tortellini, increase cooking time to 30-40 minutes
I used McCormick Herb and Garlic Seasoning which contains salt. You could also use a regular Italian seasoning but you will want to add ½ teaspoon of salt if it doesn't have any.
Stir pasta occasionally while cooking
Feel free to sub ground chicken instead of turkey
Calories: 366 kcal | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Protein: 29 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Cholesterol: 115 mg | Sodium: 977 mg | Potassium: 776 mg | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 9 g | Vitamin A: 945 IU | Vitamin C: 14 mg | Calcium: 152 mg | Iron: 4 mg