365 Days of Slow Cooking: Day 48: Cheesy Italian Tortellini
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Day 48: Cheesy Italian Tortellini

1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 container (15 oz) refrigerted marinara sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with italian seasoning, undrained
1 package (9 oz) refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or pizza cheese blend (4 oz)

1. In 10 inch skillet, break beef and sausage into large pieces. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned.

2. Spray 4-5 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, mix meat mixture, mushrooms, marinara sauce and tomatoes.

3. Cover; cook on low heat setting 7-8 hours.

4. About 15 minutes before serving, add tortellini to slow cooker; stir gently to mix. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover; cook about 15 minutes longer or until tortellini are tender.

1 Serving: Calories 610; Total fat 28 g; Cholesterol 95 mg; Sodium 1260 mg; Total carbohydrate 55 g.

(My family loved this recipe! I did add a little extra marinara sauce and I used regular diced tomatoes instead of the ones with italian seasoning. Greg and Reagan thought this was the best meal ever. Even Skyler, my eight month old, ate it. I give this recipe 4 stars.)


  1. This was so good! We loved it. I just used a jar of Prego instead of refrigerated sauce. I also got some frozen tortellinis instead of the fresh ones. They worked well in this dish.

  2. I made this last night, but with herb chicken tortellini instead of cheese ones, so then I didn't add the hamburger or sausage. It was really good, and I liked the simplicity of it. Thanks!