A creamy, rich soup made with only 6 ingredients (plus garnishes) that can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker.
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add sausage. Use a wooden spoon to break into bite-size pieces. You can add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil if it is sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink.
Stir in chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, and cream cheese. Cook until cream cheese is completely dissolved, stirring often. May use a whisk to incorporate the cream cheese.
Stir in cheese tortellini and baby spinach and cook according to package instructions. If using refrigerated tortellini, it will be about 5 minutes.
Optional: stir in garlic powder and salt, to taste.
Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Add sausage, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, and cream cheese to slow cooker and cook on low for 2 hours.
Add tortellini and spinach and cook for 1 hour longer, for a total of 3 hours. Optional: stir in garlic powder and salt, to taste. Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.