Welcome back to The Yellow Brick House! I mixed up one of my favorite comfort foods. Kale was added as a substitute to this recipe and we have not looked back. The flavor of sausage plays so well with the kale, tomatoes, and cheesy pasta.
You can certainly add any type of Italian sausage. Although, I would not recommend sausage with filling such as cheese. We use spicy sausage that adds an extra kick – but not too much of a kick. I can’t wait to have another bowl.
Our Tortellini soup illustrates a perfect melody flavors which has quickly become a favorite at The Yellow Brick House. Better yet, the slow cooker does most of the work!.
Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup with Kale and Sausage
Total Cooking Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Serves 6 to 8
- 3 Italian Sausage links removed from the casing and browned
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ cup chopped tomatoes with skins removed or 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.)
- 6 cup chicken broth
- 1 bag frozen cheese tortellini (20 oz.)
First, remove sausage from the casing. Cook in a saucepan over medium high heat. Ensure meat is full cooked and no longer pink. Drain fat and add to the slow cooker.
Next, add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker except the kale. Stir ingredients until evenly incorporated and cook on low heat for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Finally, turn heat to high and add kale. Stir to mix evenly in soup.
*Note: you want your pasta to be al dente. Every slow cooker is different. After an hour of cooking on low, check your pasta. It should be firmer than al dente and not mushy.
If you find your pasta is cooking faster than expected, add kale and cook on low twenty minutes. Turn to warm and let it sit a few more minutes to slowly cook the kale a bit more. The trick is to have that firm yummy pasta everyone loves.
Penny’s Corner: It’s been a TV vs. Penny kind of day. Our sweet pug has an explosion of energy every time any animal appears. She barks, sniffs, and goes looking for the animal. More specifically, her favorite animal is a horse. Whodathunk? It makes watching certain movies challenging. I think this phase is here to stay.