Crockpot Tortellini Soup

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Crockpot Tortellini Soup is a delicious combo of meatballs, veggies and pasta in a comforting broth. You’ll love this Italian soup recipe!

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Crockpot Tortellini Soup

This tortellini soup with meatballs is the definition of “set it and forget it” cooking. Spend a few minutes prepping the ground beef and carrots, then toss everything into the crockpot and be on your way!

All you have left to do is add the pasta during the last hour of cooking so it’s perfectly tender without falling apart.

If you love this slow cooker tortellini soup, try this scrumptious chicken alfredo tortellini version that you make on the stovetop.

Or, capture more of that amazing Italian flavor with my Zuppa Toscana Soup or Olive Garden Minestrone recipes!

ingredients for crockpot tortellini soup

Meatball Tortellini Soup – Tips and Tricks

  • Switch up the meat.
    The meatballs in this soup are made from ground beef. If you want a leaner option, ground turkey or chicken are good lean alternatives. Or, for a spicy kick, you can use ground hot Italian sausage.
  • Add more flavor.
    Mix your favorite spices into the ground beef before you roll it into balls. A blend of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder are my go-to spices.
  • Try different sauces.
    This is an easy way to play with flavor since there are so many varieties to choose from! Grab your favorite jarred sauce, or whip up a batch of my homemade marinara instead.
  • Want to use fresh pasta?
    Whether you make your own or grab a package of fresh pasta from the refrigerated section of the store, all you need to do is stir in the tortellini closer to serving time. Roughly 15 to 20 minutes beforehand should be perfect.
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Serving Suggestions

A simple side salad or crusty bread is all you really need alongside this tortellini soup with meatballs.

Beer bread or roasted garlic skillet bread are tasty alternatives to the usual soft breadsticks, rolls or loaves.

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Crockpot Tortellini Soup FAQ

What else can I add to the tortellini soup recipe?

Feel free to toss in any vegetables that need to be used up! Maybe some celery, zucchini, or even some spinach. Greens should be mixed in just before serving, since they only take a few minutes to wilt.

Cannellini beans, pinto beans, or chickpeas will add fiber and make the meatball tortellini soup even more filling. Oh, and everything always tastes better with freshly grated Parmesan on top!

Can I make crockpot tortellini soup on the stove instead?

You sure can! Simmer everything in a large pot on low for about an hour, then stir in the pasta during the last 20 minutes or so.

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Storing Leftover Soup

Once cooled, transfer everything to an airtight container and enjoy within 3 days for best results.

Reheat in the microwave or on the stove until both the meat and pasta are warmed through to the center.


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Crockpot Tortellini Soup

Donna Elick
Crockpot Tortellini Soup is a delicious combo of meatballs, veggies and pasta in a comforting broth. You'll love this Italian soup recipe!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 6


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup frozen onions and peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 19 ounce bag frozen cheese tortellini


  • Roll your pound of lean ground beef into small meatballs.
  • In to your slow cooker add in the onions and pepper, garlic, beef stock, sugar, spaghetti sauce, sliced carrots, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Stir to combine and add in the meatballs.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 4 hours.
  • About 45 minutes before you are ready to serve add in the tortellini.
  • Serve!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 427cal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1352mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 5mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2021.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so good! I never thought of tortellini in soup, but I have to say I will be adding it to more soups in the future!

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