Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini and Sausage Soup

A co-worker shared her recipe for this soup that features tortellini, sausage, and spinach in a creamy tomato base.  She uses a crock pot, and I prepare it on the stove.  It is delicious and easy either way!

2 boxes of chicken broth (I use Swanson's low fat/low salt -32 ounces each)
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes with basil
1 pound of sausage (I use turkey sausage)
1 10 oz. box of frozen spinach
1 large package of fresh tortellini (I use Wegmans)  If you like more broth, use less tortellini.
1 8 ounce block of light cream cheese
pepper and basil to taste
top with shredded Pecorino Romano cheese.

Brown sausage and break up into bite size chunks.  Warm the spinach in the microwave, drain, and add to soup.  Pour in the broth and tomatoes - season with pepper and basil and simmer.  Cut the cream cheese into chunks and soften in a microwave for about 30 seconds for easier blending - add to soup.  When soup is bubbling, add tortellini - when they float to the top it is done.  If soup gets too thick, before reheating add more chicken broth.

For crockpot:  Brown sausage and break into chunks, warm spinach in microwave and drain, warm cream cheese (cut in slices).  Put all ingredients in the crock pot and cook 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

Serve with crusty Italian bread and a nice salad and your meal is complete.