February 16, 2012

Creamy Tortellini, Mushroom and Spinach Soup {Slow Cooker Edition}

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It's Thursday everyone!!!
I am so excited because it's one more day till Friday and then it's a long weekend for this girl... can't wait!
{Plus, I've been practicing with my new photoshop... can you tell?!? I hope I can get much better at this, just more practice}

Today I have a fabulous meal, not only is it delicious but it's basically a hands off one pot meal.


One pot meals can be a godsend. There is nothing that makes me happier during a long day or an even longer week then coming home to dinner already made and ready to go.

I am not a huge pasta junkie what with all the carbs and all but sometimes you have to indulge a little... in a light and healthy way.

This soup was extremely light in ingredients but heavy in flavor. The tortellini's were nice little surprises to find in the soup while you are medaling through the creamy spinach and mushrooms. My plan was to bring this to a pot luck, but what I didn't plan for was bowls for 30+ people and spoons to accommodate as well, so unfortunately  Paul and I got to have it all to ourselves.
This dinner is a throw in and set and you come back ready to eat. So delicious and full of flavor but without the heavy cream or fatty ingredients. 

So break out your slow cooker or crock pot... This dinner is going to save the night!
Creamy Tortellini, Mushroom and Spinach Soup {Slow Cooker Edition} 


1 1 1/2 - 2 ounce envelope white sauce mix
3 cups water
1 14 ounce can vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 7 - 8 ounce package dried cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves or torn spinach
Ground black pepper (optional)
Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Place dry white sauce mix in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Gradually add the water to the white sauce mix, stirring until smooth. Stir in broth, mushrooms, onion, garlic, basil, salt, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

Stir in dried tortellini. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 1 hour more or high-heat setting for 45 minutes more.

Stir in evaporated milk and fresh spinach. If desired, sprinkle individual servings with black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 
Recipe adopted by bhg

Nutrition facts (Creamy Tortellini Soup)
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 450
Protein 22
Carbohydrate 53
Fat, total 18
Cholesterol 34
Dietary Fiber 2


Deelicious Sweets said...

This looks amazing and I love that you throw it all in the slow cooker and it's ready. I hope you guys were hungry though. That's a lot of food, LOL!

mjskit said...

What a great looking soup! Definitely hearty and healthy! Gotta love those hands-on meals that just sit there and cook, doing its thing.

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

Oh yum! I love crockpot recipes and yours looks fantastic!!!

Kate said...

I could not find the envelope of white sauce. Is there am alternative? Excited to try this! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I also would love to know if there is anything I can replace the white sauce with. The main reason is that I live overseas and cannot find such a sauce, the second is that I don't like cooking with pre-made stuff... any ideas?

Stephanie Burke said...

I also don't have any white sauce mix on hand as I live overseas as well but I was reading online that you can use a dry alfredo mix or two cans of cream of mushroom soup. Hope this helps!

Stephanie Burke said...

I also live overseas and cannot find a white sauce mix so I did some searching online for some substitutes and those are: alfredo sauce mix, white gravy mix or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup. Just take your pick as to what you have or what you want to use! Hope this helps some!

Allison said...

What an enticing post!! I will try making this too, with a white sauce alternative as those packets are astronomical in sodium content.

I found these alternatives. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/white-sauce-mix

Brenda said...

I adore this soup and I am NOT a soup fan. We now add cooked, crumbled sweet Italian sausage to this. Also we add a can of evaporated milk at the end instead of a white sauce. :)

Radio Kelsey said...

I found this recipe on Pinterest while I was grocery shopping yesterday afternoon ... I did the quick version (thank you for supplying that option) and added sundried tomatoes for some color! It was such a hit and so comforting... I can't believe It's healthy!!! Delishhhhhh