Slow-Cooker Italian Tortellini Stew

Enjoy Italian-style dinner tonight with this filling tortellini stew recipe that’s slow cooked using beans, tomatoes, cheesy tortellini and broth.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

1
small onion, finely chopped
2
medium zucchini, halved, cut into 1-inch slices
2
(14 1/2-oz.) cans ready-to-serve vegetable or chicken broth
1
(28-oz.) can crushed or diced tomatoes, undrained
1
(15.5-oz.) can great northern beans, drained, rinsed
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
tablespoon dried basil leaves
1
(8-oz.) pkg. uncooked dry cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 In 4 to 6-quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients except basil and tortellini; mix well.
  • 2 Cover; cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours.
  • 3 About 20 minutes before serving, stir basil and tortellini into stew. Increase heat setting to high; cover and cook an additional 20 minutes or until tortellini are tender.

Expert Tips

Cheese-filled tortellini is available both dried and fresh. Dry tortellini is on the shelf with other dry pasta; fresh tortellini is refrigerated near the dairy case with other fresh pasta. Fresh pasta cooks much more quickly than dry pasta. This stew recipe is developed using dry tortellini.

Made with vegetables broth, this stew is entirely meatless. The combination of beans, pasta and cheese provides complete protein.

Ladle the stew into sturdy serving bowls, and sprinkle it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil. At the table, pass the pepper grinder.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/4 Cups
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
4mg
4%;
Sodium
760mg
760%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
9g
9%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
20%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.