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Crock Pot Meatball and Tortellini Soup

This easy Crock Pot Meatball and Tortellini Soup is an all-in-one slow cooker meal that is made with pre-made meatballs and cheese tortellini!


There is just something so comforting about soup and this one is so easy to throw together. And if you are experiencing hot 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.

wo white soup bowls filled with meatball tortellini soup with cilantro pictured to the side.


  • Feel free to use chicken or turkey meatballs in this recipe or leave them out altogether.
  • If the tortellini or meatballs you purchase are fresh and not frozen, you can cut down on the cook time for this by at least and hour and a half.
  • This can be made on the stovetop as well. Just use a large pot and simmer on low for about an hour or until meatballs are warmed all the way through. Add your tortellini in around the last 20 minutes of cooking.
Crock Pot Meatball and Tortellini Soup recipe from The Country Cook, main image with graphics.


  • Italian meatballs
  • cheese tortellini
  • beef broth
  • cannellini beans
  • Italian diced tomatoes (with basil, garlic & oregano)
  • onion
  • garlic
  • celery
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese
frozen Italian meatballs, frozen cheese tortellini, container beef broth, cannellini beans, Italian diced tomatoes (with basil, garlic and oregano), yellow onion, garlic, celery, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, grated parmesan cheese.


In a 5-quart or larger slow cooker, pour beef broth, beans (do not drain), diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, celery, Italian seasoning and frozen meatballs – then stir.

A 5-quart oval slow cooker, filled with beef broth, beans, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, celery, Italian seasoning and frozen meatballs.

Cover and set slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

fully cooked meatballs and seasoned beef broth in a slow cooker (after 3 hours of cooking).

About 30-45 minutes before you’re ready to eat, add frozen tortellini.

frozen cheese tortellini added to cooked meatball and beef broth mixture in an oval black slow cooker.

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).

wooden serving spoon with serving of meatball tortellini soup held over slow cooker.

Ladle into bowls and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

close-up Meatball and Tortellini soup in a white bowl topped with shredded Parmesan cheese with a cilantro bunch in the background.


Crock Pot Meatball and Tortellini Soup

This easy Crock Pot Meatball and Tortellini Soup is an all-in-one slow cooker meal that is made with premade meatballs and cheese tortellini!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound bag of frozen Italian meatballs
  • 1 pound bag frozen cheese tortellini
  • 32 ounce container beef Broth
  • 15.5 ounce can cannellini beans
  • 14.5 ounce can Italian diced tomatoes (with basil, garlic & oregano in it)
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • ½ Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese, for topping


  • 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. 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.


Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock Pot Meatball Soup, Meatball Tortellini Soup


Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 2.8mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: August 2011
Updated & republished: May 2020

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe looks great! I love to use my slow cooker, but I got a new stock pot for Christmas. Do you have suggestions on timing for cooking on the stove?

  2. 5 stars
    I made this soup a few weeks ago and it was delicious!! We had it for two meals and I took it to work for lunch at least once. Will definitely make again.

  3. 5 stars
    Making this for dinner tonight! We also included this recipe in my meals group that 6 of us do monthly! Can't wait to try it. Has anyone calculate the approximate calories and sodium content for this soup? I am using reduced sodium beef broth for this. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    I have it in the crockpot right now. Tortellini going in in about 35 mins! Everyone should be on the way home from work and I hope they will enjoy it. Thanks for all the fantastic recipes!!

  5. 5 stars
    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

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

  7. 5 stars
    Made this last night when it was so cold outside…it was delicious! The guys loved it. It was very hearty & filling.

  8. 5 stars
    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.

  9. 5 stars
    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! 🙂

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

  11. 5 stars
    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.

  12. 5 stars
    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! 😛
    Run to the kitchen and make it now!

  13. 5 stars
    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!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 5 stars
    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!

  17. 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!

  18. 5 stars
    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?

  19. 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.

    1. 5 stars
      Cook Tortellini SEPARATE from the soup, IF you know you’ll have Leftovers.
      Serve the soup, add tortellini per bowl as needed.. Store the Leftovers Separately
      If you store the Soup with the pasta in it.. The pasta will turn to mush..