Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crock Pot Meatball and Tortellini Soup

We are quickly approaching 'Back to School' time in our area.   I know many districts around the state have already started school but we are one of those after Labor Day school starters.  My mind slowly starts thinking of fall. And all things cool and autumn-like.  The smell of apples and cinnamon. The cool breezes that will soon be approaching.  We get small tastes of it here in Virginia during September. Then just as we are getting into fall moods, we get smacked with a week of 90 degree temperatures just to mess us it all up entirely.  Oh, that Mother Nature, she's a prankster!  So in celebration of Slow Cookers and fall meals, I thought I would share a great little soup.  There is just something so comforting about soup and this one is so easy to throw together.  And if you are still experiencing 100 degree temperatures wherever you are, then making this in a slow cooker won't heat up your house.  Also, this is a fantastic recipe to double up and take to a potluck.  Just make sure your slow cooker is at least 6 quarts if you are going to double this recipe.
Ingredients:
½ bag of frozen Italian Meatballs (1 pound)
1 bag (1 pound) frozen cheese tortellini
Beef Broth (32 oz.)
1 can (15.5 oz) Cannellini Beans
1 can (14.5 oz.) Italian Diced Tomatoes (has basil, garlic & oregano in it)
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
½ tbsp. Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese



(Parmesan Cheese not pictured)

Directions:
Pour beef broth in slow cooker and add beans (do not drain), diced tomatoes (do not drain), onion, garlic, celery, Italian seasoning and frozen meatballs.  
Set slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.
About 30-45 minutes before you’re ready to eat, add frozen tortellini (or pasta). Allow to cook thoroughly. Add salt & pepper to taste (I usually add about a tsp. of table salt and ½ tsp of freshly ground black pepper).

Ladle into bowls and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Serve with Garlic Breadsticks.



45 comments:

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen said...

Perfect timing Brandie. The weather is turning slightly cooler and it is definitely time for warming comfort food. Love the tortellini adding another texture to this soup.

Pretend Chef said...

I'm the kind of person who can eat soup any time of year. We're still experiencing 100+ degree temps here in Houston but this sounds so delicious. This has comfort food written all over it. I love all of the flavors in this soup.

RavieNomNoms said...

YUMMMMMM! I love tortellini...one of my favorite things to have. I, however, have never had it in a slow cooker soup. This looks great!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I love tortellini soup! I've never tried putting meatballs in it though, I bet it tastes great!

Cannary Family said...

Oh, yeah - I printed that one off right away! Love soup in the crock - so great for Fall. Thanks!

Edgar said...

I love soup and this looks fantastique!!!! Thanks!!

Aarthi said...

i love this...This looks perfect...looks so comforting..Thanks for the recipe dear.....

tammy said...

This sounds delish!! thanks!!!!

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

Brandi, I am a soup kind of girl. And I am always looking for new recipes. Thanks this is one I WILL be making!

Erin said...

This is the 2nd meatball soup I have seen today. It is going to inspire me! I don't think I have ever tried to make one, and i struggle with my son trying things. but I think he would like the meatballs, and eat this. Saving it for later! Thanks! Good luck with back to school, we started last week!

scratch-made wife said...

I think we're all starting to yearn for cooler temps. :) I know I can't wait to break out the slow cooker and will definitely be bookmarking this for future use!

Lizzy said...

Yum! I can't wait for this hot weather to break so I can make soup! This looks fabulous...and filling enough for the guys~

Holly said...

Bran this sounds fantastic! I am so ready for soups and stews and colder weather!! Lol Great job as always girl!

Leslie said...

This looks delicious!!! I can imagine making this on a cold night with a big loaf of crusty bread!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Andrea {From the Bookshelf} said...

This looks amazing! Love slow cooker soup recipes!

Gloria said...

Look delicious!!! gloria

Sandra said...

This looks easy, but packed with flavor...I am totally going to try this soon..I love this idea!!! Thank you for sharing!!

carolinaheartstrings said...

That looks like the perfect dinner soup. Thanks for making and sharing that one. Come over and visit us. We have a wonderful chicken and dumpling recipe today.

The Farmers Wife said...

You really are a girl after my own heart! I love that you use store brand products just like I do and aren't afraid to show it! You're just plain awesome! Oh, and so is the recipe! ;-)

Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Oh what a beautiful soup! I love slow cooker recipes and would really love to come home from work one day and have this enticing me from the minute I walked in the door! : )

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sliceofsouthern said...

Love the soup. You always have the best recipes that are so simple to make!!!

MaryBeth said...

I really love a good soup and it is even better when cooked on a Sunday in the slow cooker. I will so be making this one when the weather gets cold again.

moonflower said...

I just had my 2nd bowl of this soup!!! I cannot stop eating eat...lol my husband loved it also my "picky" daughter and her boyfriend. Thanks for the recipe! This will become one of our favorites!

Jason@JLHealth said...

This looks seriously good! I could eat a big ol' bowl right now...

Rug Cleaning Santa Monica said...

I am so excited to try this recipe! I love making stuff in the slow cooker so that it's ready by the time I get home for work... I get sick of the repetitive meals though... This is a new one!

Cindy said...

Hi Brandy: I love your blog and I have made quite a few recipes from it recently. Everything has been a hit. This soup was wonderful. But my son wasn't crazy about the tortellini, is there another pasta that you could suggest?

The Country Cook said...

Hi Cindy! I'm glad you've enjoyed all the recipes you've tried so far. You can really use any type of pasta you like. Be careful though, most pasta shapes like to absorb all the liquid in the soup. So if you are going to add a pasta (maybe ditalini?) add it in the last 15 minutes or so but be prepared to add more beef broth to the mixture. Maybe start with a cup of dry pasta (you can always add more if you want it). Keep a couple of cups (or more) of beef broth handy because you will need it after the pasta is ready and has absorbed some of the liquid.

Nicole said...

I made this 2 days ago and my family wants to know when I'm making it again. Such flavor it had! And I'm pretty sure it was even better the next day as leftovers!

Lisa said...

The BEST SOUP EVER! I made this last night and my husband said this ranked with one of his favorite things that I have ever made! Pretty good, considering, we've been married 25 years! Thanks again!

fivedreamin said...

I have it in the crockpot now, can't wait to taste it tonight. Yum!!!

Kelly said...

This is definitely going on my menu plan for this week. It looks amazing, I can never have too many crock pot recipes bookmarked!

Deb said...

Just put this in the crock pot for our Thanksgiving Eve meal! Can't wait! :-)

Jill R. said...

This recipe looks wonderful! I'd love it if you submitted it to us here at Gooseberry Patch for possible inclusion in a new slow cooker cookbook. Just follow the link for simple directions! Thanks!

http://www1.gooseberrypatch.com/gooseberry/recipe.nsf/f.sharearecipe

Jen in WI said...

OMG I love this soup! I have made this soup several times and finally remembered to leave a review. It is super easy and full of wonderful flavor. My whole picky family loves it. We have it regularly when it's cold out, which is many months of the year in Northeast Wisconsin. Thank you so much for this quick, easy, hearty, and super duper delicious meal!

Tammy said...

Okay people... I tried this recipe and it is honestly TO DIE FOR!!!

Sooo Tasty! I was very impressed with the flavor. It tastes like a soup from a fancy italian restaurant. I added a little more fresh garlic and a small can of tomato sauce and it was amazing! This soup also freezes beautifully great for those nights you come home so tired and hungry and don't feel like cooking. Thanks so much for such a wonderful recipe. This ones is definitely a keeper!! Do not leave out the breadsticks and the parmesan cheese. This is the final magic touch! I bought frozen garlic breadsticks that you just heat up and OMG!sooo yummy with the soup..stick to your ribs good!!! I imagine homemade breadsticks would make it even better! :P
Run to the kitchen and make it now!

Molly Colton said...

Made this for our church potluck yesterday. It was a huge hit!! It's so good!!! Nothing was left. Thank you for the recipe. Can't wait to try more of your recipes.

Molly Colton said...

I made this for a church potluck yesterday. It was a huge hit!! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts said...

I would like a bowl of this, please! I am so happy soup season is finally here!

Karen said...

I made this yesterday, but I used a 13 oz. bag of frozen bite-sized mini ravioli instead of tortellini. I also made it on the stove instead of the crock-pot. It was absolutely amazing! It is jam-packed, so I added 2-3 cups more of stock after awhile and could have probably used a large can of tomatoes. This will be made often. Thanks so much for posting this! :)

Anonymous said...

I am making this soup right now and cant wait to try it. Every recipe of yours that I have tried have been wonderful. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Made this yesterday for dinner. OMG it is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Made this last night when it was so cold outside...it was delicious! The guys loved it. It was very hearty & filling.

Anonymous said...

This soup was absolutely delicious! My whole family loved it! Even my picky 5 year old! I love all your recipes!

Kelly Whitney said...

Thank you! I just put this in the crock pot. I had a pack of ground chicken so I seasoned it up added panko, egg, and little ketchup & milk. Browned the meatballs on the stove and instead of beef broth used less sodium chicken broth. I can tell this is going to taste wonderful! I am going to enjoy more of your favorite crock pot recipes! Kelly