Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup (Slow Cooker & Stovetop!)
This easy, creamy, and comforting chicken tortellini soup recipe requires minimal prep yet produces super flavorful, protein-packed results every time. With a short list of (just 7!) ingredients, minimal prep, and no-pre browning, this dump-and-go recipe is hearty, flavorful, and oh-so nourishing. A true one-pot wonder, it comes together simply in the slow cooker or on the stovetop!
Visual Guide: How to Make Crock Pot Chicken Tortellini Soup
Meet my new favorite slow cooker soup recipe – this super simple and totally satisfying easy crockpot tortellini soup!
If you like my slow cooker tortellini sausage soup, then you’re going to love this lightened up version that requires no pre-browning of meat.
Packed with vegetables and tons of protein, it’s one of those high protein slow cooker meals that we find ourselves making again and again any time of year.
This creamy crockpot tortellini soup recipe comes together super easily in either the crockpot or in as little as 45 minutes on the stovetop – both methods produce delicious results without a ton of effort on your part!
There’s no need to brown the meat, and if you chop the veggies ahead of time, all you need to do is dump everything in the pot and let it cook away (a quintessential dump-and-go meal).
Right at the end, you’ll add the tortellini and allow them to cook until tender and just cooked through (that’s the secret to making sure they don’t get too mushy).
Once you add the tortellini to the slow cooker, resist the urge to take the lid on and off, as taking the lid off will drop the temperature and prevent the tortellini from cooking all the way through.
And in just a few minutes, you’ll have a comforting and delicious one-pot meal that was so easy to put together!
How to Make this Gluten Free & Dairy Free
This soup can easily be made gluten-free or dairy-free with just a few simple ingredient swaps. For a gluten-free option, look for a gluten-free tortellini such as Capello’s.
For a dairy-free option, look for a dairy-free tortellini such as Kite Hill and replace the cream with full-fat coconut milk or unflavored dairy free creamer. If the tortellini is frozen, be sure to defrost them before adding to the soup.
Since there’s already tasty tortellini, vegetables, and protein-packed chicken, plus a nourishing broth in every bowl, this soup already makes a great stand alone meal.
But you can always add fun toppings to dress it up – like fresh basil, fresh parsley, Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, or a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
For a fun soup and salad night, simply pair any of your favorite fresh greens with one of these easy homemade dressing recipes (my picks would be this Lemon Dijon Dressing or Apple Cider Vinaigrette!).
Ingredients and Elaborations
Fresh cheese tortellini: Any flavor or type of fresh (not dried) small tortellini will work for this recipe. If using frozen tortellini be sure to defrost them before adding to the soup.
Garlic cloves: Since we’re using so few fresh ingredients, I like using fresh garlic cloves in this recipe. But you could also use granulated garlic powder in its place.
Broth: I used low-sodium chicken broth for this recipe but you could also use chicken bone broth or vegetable broth in its place.
Italian Seasoning: I always have a good quality Italian seasoning on hand, as it’s so versatile and adds ease to many recipes. You can swap in freshly minced parsley if you prefer, or add a handful of fresh chopped herbs along with the dried herbs if you like.
Tips for Storing Leftovers
Tortellini soup does not store particularly well, as the tortellini (like any pasta or grain) absorbs all the liquid and can turn mushy.
If you want to store leftovers, I recommend removing the cooked tortellini from the soup, storing separately, and then re-combining it when ready to reheat.
Stored separately like this, your leftovers should keep well for 3-4 days in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.
This Recipe Is…
Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup (Slow Cooker & Stovetop!)
- 1 small white onion, small diced
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 cup diced carrot
- 1 teaspoon no salt added Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
To Add at the End
- 1 (9-ounce) package fresh cheese tortellini
- ¼ cup cream
Slow Cooker Instructions
- Add the onion, celery, carrot, Italian seasoning, salt, broth, water, and chicken to a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine.
- Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours on high, or low for 6-7, or until the chicken is cooked through and very tender.
- Carefully remove the chicken to a cutting board. Add the tortellini to the slow cooker, turn to high, cover, and cook for an additional 8-15 minutes, or until the tortellini is cooked through. Time will vary depending on your slow cooker, start checking at 8 minutes.
- While the tortellini cooks, shred the chicken with two forks or dice into 1-inch pieces. When the tortellini is cooked through, add the chicken back to the slow cooker along with the cream, stirring to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired, then serve.
- Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ½ teaspoon olive oil, onion, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and cook for 2-3 minutes, until just beginning to soften, stirring occasionally.
- Add the celery, carrot, Italian seasoning, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt, stirring to combine. Cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the broth, water, and chicken, stirring to combine.
- Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 30-45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and very tender.
- Carefully remove the chicken to a cutting board. Add the tortellini, and simmer until the tortellini is cooked through, about 2-3 minutes.
- While the tortellini cooks, shred the chicken with two forks or dice into 1-inch pieces. When the tortellini is just cooked through, add the chicken back to the pot along with the cream. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired, then serve.