Recipe: One-Hour Cheesy Spinach Slow Cooker Tortellini

updated Apr 30, 2019
Cheesy Spinach Slow Cooker Tortellini

With just five minutes of prep, this cheesy slow cooker tortellini delivers a satisfying dinner with a dose of veggies in one hour.

Serves4

Prep5 minutes

Cook1 hour

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pasta with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and spinach in slow cooker
Credit: Joe Lingeman

While the details might vary, the dinnertime scramble is real. You need to pick the kids up from piano lessons and basketball practice, there are errands to run after work, you want to squeeze in an evening yoga class — all while finding a way to get dinner on the table at a reasonable time and with as little effort as possible.

The solution? Fast recipes in your slow cooker. Grab a few packs of tortellini, a jar of sauce, a bag of shredded cheese, and a clamshell of greens, and then let the slow cooker do all the heavy lifting to get a comforting dinner on the table. When it’s all said and done, you’ll have spent less than five minutes in the kitchen, and kept the dirty dishes to a serious minimum.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Cook the Tortellini Directly in the Sauce

While pasta in the slow cooker takes more time than on the stovetop, this version is totally hands-off, and dirties just one piece of cookware instead of three. To keep it easy and maximize flavor at the same time, you’ll cook the tortellini directly in the sauce. The pasta soaks up all that aromatic richness from the sauce, and also lends its starchy goodness for a thicker sauce that expertly coats all the nooks and crannies of the tortellini.

Cheesy Spinach Slow Cooker Tortellini

With just five minutes of prep, this cheesy slow cooker tortellini delivers a satisfying dinner with a dose of veggies in one hour.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 1 hour

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray

  • 1

    (20-ounce) or 2 (10-ounce) bags fresh cheese tortellini

  • 1 (22- to 25-ounce) jar

    marinara sauce

  • 1 cup

    water

  • 5 ounces

    fresh baby spinach

  • 1 cup

    shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the tortellini, marinara, water, and spinach, and stir well to combine. Sprinkle the mozzarella in an even layer over top.

  2. Cover and cook until the pasta is cooked through and the cheese is melted on the HIGH setting, about 1 hour. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.