Slow cooker cheese tortellini with Italian sausage

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Serves: 8

By thelma2008

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Ingredients

  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 450g fresh mushrooms, sliced, (1 pound)

  • 10ml crushed red pepper

  • 2 tins chopped tomato

  • 450g lean minced beef

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 10ml Italian dried herbs

  • 500g cheese tortellini

  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped

  • 800g pasta sauce, (or 2 jars)

  • 450g Italian sausage, (casings removed)

  • 200g mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • 140g Parmesan cheese, shredded

Method

  1. Start the slow cooker on low heat with the lid on so it can be preheating while you are preparing the other foods.
  2. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat in a large frying pan for sautéing. Add the minced garlic, the chopped onion, and the chopped bell pepper and cook until the onion becomes limp and translucent.
  3. Add the Italian sausage and the ground beef to the skillet. Break the sausage and the ground beef up until it they are both crumbly. Cover the skillet and allow the meats to cook until they are browned. Drain off the excess grease and add the meat and vegetable mixture to the slow cooker.
  4. Next, add the pasta sauce, the sliced mushrooms, the diced tomatoes (including the liquid from the can), the crushed red pepper and the Italian seasoning. Mix everything together well and allow the food to cook covered for 8 hours on low heat.
  5. Remove the lid and add the tortellini. Stir until it is mixed in well. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top of the food, and then sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top of that. Replace the lid and continue to cook for another 20 minutes or so until the pasta is tender. Check it and allow more time if needed.

When your cheese tortellini, sausage and beef dish is finished cooking you can scoop it right out of the slow cooker onto dinner plates. Top with additional grated or shredded parmesan cheese if you like.

Additional Information

  • Main Course

  • Autumn

  • Winter

  • Meat

  • Pasta

  • italian

  • sausage

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