Crockpot Creamy Sausage and Tortellini
1 lb. Italian Sausage (We use HOT for the spice, but sub in the meat youâ€™d like best!)
20 oz. Frozen Three-Cheese Tortellini (The Buitoni kind is in the specialty refrigerated case in the deli area of the grocery store. I pop them right in the freezer when I get home.)
2-4 cupsÂ Low Sodium Chicken Broth (It should not be like soup in the end, try around 3 cups)
2 Cans Diced Tomatoes â€“ The kind that are seasoned with basil, garlic & oregano. If you donâ€™t have the seasoned ones, youâ€™ll need to add in your own seasonings.
8 oz. Cream Cheese or NeufchÃ¢tel Cheese â€“ We use the low fat kind when using cream cheese.
Take your cream cheese or NeufchÃ¢tel out of the fridge, and let it sit while you quickly brown your meat. Add the browed sausage and tortellini to your Crock Pot. Pour the tomatoes, liquid and all, and broth over the top. Add your cream cheese to the Pot in chunks. Give your Crock Pot a good stir to get everything evenly distributed, making sure the liquids are adequately covering the tortellini. Cook on LOW for a total of 3 1/2 â€“ 4 hours. Stir at 1 1/2 hours, and again at 3 hours, removing the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking. This will give the sauce some time to thicken up. You can leave the lid off longer if you need more thickening time, but stir every so often.
Top with grated parmesan or mozzarella cheese if desired.