Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup


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Made with a few vegetables, chicken breasts, broth, and tortellini, this chicken tortellini soup recipe is easy, flavorful, and sure to please the whole family. The next time you’re looking for a nice and hearty soup to make, whip up a batch of this easy chicken tortellini soup.

There’s so much you can do with chicken breasts. I like to use my leftover chicken to make dishes like Slow Cooker 15 Bean Buffalo Chicken Soup and Loaded Chicken Bacon Potato Soup.

Chicken tortellni soup in a crockpot.

Why this chicken tortellini soup recipe works

Opting in for cooking a classic chicken noodle soup is fine and dandy, but if you’re looking to take things to the next level, then making tortellini soup should be on your list. This homestyle and semi-homemade chicken soup doesn’t call for many ingredients and it doesn’t take long to cook.

It’s also the kind of soup that is very versatile and can offer a few different options for switching things up (and easily). Whether you want to try the recipe as is or “soup” it up a bit (no pun intended). I also highly recommend trying this slow cooker creamy tortellini soup. You won’t be disappointed!

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for chicken tortellini soup in a slow cooker.
  • Chicken: You’ll want to use a pack of at least 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  • Celery: Celery ribs are chopped to about 2 cups.
  • Carrot Sticks: 3-4 carrot sticks are all you’ll need for this delicious recipe. Once they are chopped, it should yield about 2 cups.
  • Onion: A large onion chopped to about 1 cup adds the perfect amount of texture and flavor.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, sea salt, garlic powder, and ground black pepper makes this delicious soup taste amazing.
  • Liquids: All you need, liquid-wise, is a carton of chicken stock (I use low sodium chicken broth) and cups of water. You can use homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Stock.
  • Cheese Tortellini: I suggest using the refrigerated style.

Step-by-Step Directions

Six images showing how to make chicken tortellini in a slow cooker.

Step One – Place chicken breasts on the bottom of the slow cooker, then add chopped vegetables, seasonings, salt, garlic, and ground pepper on top.

Step Two – Pour stock and water.

Step Three – Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.

Step Four – Carefully shred chicken with 2 forks in or out of the slow cooker.

Step Five – Add the tortellini. Cook on HIGH or 30 more minutes.

Step Six – Once cooking time is complete, stir and serve with fresh parsley and other toppings of your choice.

chicken tortellini in a white slow cooker with a wooden spoon in it.

How to serve

  • Serving this soup as-is is one of the quickest ways to get this satisfying meal on the table quickly.
  • You can serve this cheesy tortellini with other toppings in addition to the chopped parsley such as parmesan cheese and fresh spinach.
  • As for sides, you can’t go wrong with serving this great soup in bread-based soup bowls or with crusty bread. It also pairs perfectly with fresh vegetables.
Overhead shot of cooked chicken soup with tortellini.

Recipe FAQs

What can I add to this delicious meal to make it a bit heartier?

This recipe calls for the basics, so you can always add a bit more chicken broth, diced tomatoes, baby spinach, and extra tortellini.

Can I use a different kind of stuffed tortellini?

Yes! There are different types you can purchase; however, I like the fresh three cheese tortellini for this creamy tortellini soup recipe.

Can I substitute the chicken breast for another type of meat?

Chicken thighs make a great substitution and you can also use leftover or rotisserie chicken, pre cooked shredded chicken, roasted chicken, or shredded cooked chicken.

Would I be able to use frozen tortellini?

I prefer to use the refrigerated variety, they cook up perfectly in the slow cooker.

How do I make a creamy broth for a thicker and creamier cheesy tortellini soup?

Some people like to add heavy cream, cream cheese, and olive oil for a creamy chicken tortellini soup.

How do I store leftover soup?

Store any remaining chicken tortellini soup in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat the soup in a large pot and enjoy another bowl for dinner tonight.

bowl of chicken tortellini soup with slow cooker in the background.

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chicken tortellini in a white slow cooker with a wooden spoon in it.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Made with chicken breasts, cheesy tortellini, and a few other pantry staples – this meal is tasty and sure to please the whole family.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, 3 breasts
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped (2 cups)
  • 3-4 carrot sticks, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 32 oz. carton chicken stock, low sodium
  • 2 cups water
  • 20 oz. cheese tortellini, (refrigerated style)

Instructions 

  • Place chicken breasts on the bottom of the slow cooker, then chopped vegetables, seasonings, salt, garlic, and ground pepper.
  • Pour stock and water and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Carefully shred chicken with 2 forks in or out of the slow cooker
  • Add the tortellini. Cook on HIGH or 30 more minutes.
  • Serve with fresh parsley.

Notes

How long will the soup keep for after cooking?
The soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The noodles can absorb a lot of the broth, so you may want to warm it up with additional stock or a mixture of stock and water.
3. Can I use frozen tortellini instead?
While fresh tortellini would be preferred, frozen tortellini can be used however the cooking time may be increased.
4. Can I use other kinds of vegetables in the soup?
Different vegetables such as spinach, green beans etc. can be used in the soup or even a variation of vegetables!
5. Can I use a different flavor of tortellini?
Not only can you use a different flavor of tortellini in this soup, if you prefer you can use a different pasta such as mini ravioli’s, experiment and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1563mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 863IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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2 Comments

  1. Dave says:

    Do the chicken breasts need to be cooked first?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      No, the slow cooker will cook them.