Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

This Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe is cooked low and slow for 6 hours! Tender vegetables, cheesy tortellini, and Italian seasonings make this soup so flavorful. Super comforting and perfect for cold weather, this set it and forget it slow cooker recipe is perfect for busy families!

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chicken tortellini soup recipe on a white bowl with a spoon, and another bowl of soup in the background.

Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup

When I need a meal that’s quick to prepare, healthy, and comforting at the same time, this Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup is my go-to. It is the perfect meal to warm you up on a cold day! It’s is loaded with nutritious veggies, protein-packed shredded chicken, addictively moreish cheese tortellini pasta, and loads of Italian flavor. This soup simmers low and slow for 6 hours in the slow cooker. This means little effort but all of the flavor! I love to serve this soup with some crusty bread and a nice salad on the side to make it a full meal.

This Chicken Tortellini Soup recipe is great for meal prep as well. It’s freezer and fridge friendly, so be sure to make a large batch by doubling my recipe and saving half for later. Having a good freezer stash built up makes busy weekdays so much easier in my house!

Don’t have time for the slow cooker method? No problem! This soup can easily be made on the stovetop or an instant pot instead. Just follow my instructions below!

Key Ingredients for this Chicken Tortellini Soup recipe

  • Chicken Breasts: I chose chicken breasts for this recipe because I always have them on hand. however, chicken thighs also work great in this soup! I would use skinless chicken thighs because the skin would turn soggy, but leave the bone in for extra flavor!
  • Vegetables: Carrot, celery, onion, and garlic – lots of nutrition and flavor is packed in these simple vegetables.
  • Cheese Tortellini: Tortellini is a stuffed pasta, kind of like ravioli. There are lots of different flavors like three cheese, spinach and cheese, and cheese and mushroom. Any will work in this recipe. I add the tortellini in at the end so it doesn’t get mushy. You can also use either fresh or frozen, just allow for a little extra cooking time if you’re using frozen.
  • Chicken Broth: I prefer to use low sodium chicken broth. If using regular substitute some of the broth for water.
  • Seasoning: Italian seasoning and bay leaves add a beautiful herbiness to this chicken tortellini soup recipe, and then add some salt and pepper to taste.

In a hurry? Then give my Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup a try!

How to make Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker: Except for the tortellini. Cook on low for 6 hours.

vegetables, broth and bay leaves in a slow cooker

Shred chicken: Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and shred or cube and add it back to the slow cooker.

shredding chicken with 2 forks

Add in the tortellini: And cook for 15 minutes or until they are cooked all the way through. I like to add the tortellini in about 15 minutes before serving so they don’t get mushy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard bay leaves and serve immediately with chopped parsley, if desired. Keep warm until ready to serve!

add the tortellini to the slow cooker

Storage & Reheating

Fridge: Store this chicken tortellini soup recipe in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat it on the stove or in the microwave. You may need to add a little water as the tortellini pasta tends to soak up the broth.

Can you freeze this Chicken Tortellini Soup recipe?

This soup does freeze well. If you are planning to freeze the soup I would suggest cooking the tortellini separately and freezing the broth in an airtight container. When you are ready to serve reheat the soup on the stovetop and serve with cooked tortellini, noodles, or rice!

Can this be made in the instant pot?

Yes! Instant Pot Tortellini Soup is perfect if you are short on time as this soup is ready in under 30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Start by selecting the sauté option. Add your veggies and a bit of oil to the Instant Pot and sauté until golden brown. Add in the rest of the ingredients and set the Instant Pot to manual. Cover and cook for 8 minutes. Release the steam and remove the chicken and shred. While you are shredding the chicken add the tortellini to the pot. Select the sauté option and cook the tortellini until tender and warmed through, about 5 minutes or so. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot and serve!

Can this be made on the stovetop?

Yes! Simply sauté vegetables and oil in a large pot. Cook until golden brown and tender. Add in raw chicken and the rest of the ingredients (except for the tortellini). Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and shreds easily. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred with two forks. Add the tortellini to the soup and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until cooked through and tender. Add the chicken back to the pot and serve!

Tips

  • I like to use refrigerated cheese tortellini however frozen tortellini can be used just make sure to add a couple of extra minutes to the cooking time.
  • The tortellini tends to soak up some of the liquid when it’s refrigerated. When you reheat the soup make sure to add some more chicken broth.
  • For a twist on this soup try it with egg noodles or rice! You can also omit the chicken and swap the broth for veggie broth to keep it vegetarian.
  • To make this soup even healthier I like to add even more vegetables! Peas, corn, zucchini, and spinach are some of my favorites to add to this soup!
  • To save on time I like to shred my chicken in the stand mixer with the paddle attachment. It shreds easily and takes less than a minute!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup cooked low and slow for 6 hours! Super comforting and perfect for winter!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 medium carrots diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or more to taste
  • 2 cups cheese tortellini
  • chopped fresh parsley for serving if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

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  • Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker except for the tortellini. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and shred or cube and add back to the slow cooker.
  • Add in the tortellini and cook for 15 minutes or until they are cooked all the way through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard bay leaves and serve immediately with chopped parsley, if desired
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 794mg35%
Potassium 920mg26%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 7690IU154%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Recipe, Easy Weeknight Dinner, Slow Cooker, Slow cooker chicken tortellini soup, soup

Originally published March 19, 2018

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  • AnneMarĺe

    Hi Kelley
    This recipe looks awesome and delicious.Do you think I could replace with any type of other gluten free pasta? Also, I have a severe allergy to cellery, do you have any recommendations on substitutions?would bok choy be too strong of a flavour?

    • Hi!

      Yes you could use gluten free pasta! You can just omit the celery and add zucchini, or more carrots and onions. You could also add frozen peas at the end.

      Thanks!

      Kelley

  • Kathy Deaderick

    Kelley, I have a new Instant Pot. What are the timing/directions?

    • Hi Kathy,

      To make this recipe in the insta pot I would cook everything but the tortellini for 20 minutes then add the tortellini and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes. These are just estimates because I have not tried this recipe yet in the insta pot.

      Let me know how you make out. Thanks!

      Kelley

  • TC

    My family loves eating soups…this recipe is simple, unexpectedly yummy, and very flavorful. My son believes this soup is his favorite among the twenty soup recipes I have made in the past few months.

    I did need to make three changes:
    – cooked this on the stove for 2 hours because the slower cooker cook time was too long,
    – skipped adding chicken,
    – added 2 packages of cheese tortellini

  • Molly

    Just double checking, you don’t cook the chicken before adding to the crockpot with all the other ingredients in the beginning??

    • Hi Molly,

      Yes that is correct the chicken is added raw and is cooked in the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients.

      Hope you enjoy!

      Kelley

  • Maria

    I can’t wait to try this, but wondering if anyone knows how much a serving size is? Is it a cup, 2 cups? I get it’s 6 cups of chicken broth and it says it serves 4, but add the chicken and the tortellini, I’m struggling to determine how much one serving would be.

    • Hi Maria,

      I would just divide the recipe into four bowls or containers to help determine serving size. Hope this helps!

      Thanks!

      Kelley

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