A white sauce mix and dried tortellini make this satisfying soup recipe extra easy; stirring in the spinach at the last minute gives it fresh-from-the garden flavor.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
5 hrs to 6 hrs (low) or 2-1/2 to 3 hours (high)
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place dry white sauce mix in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Gradually add the water to the white sauce mix, stirring until smooth. Stir in broth, mushrooms, onion, garlic, basil, salt, oregano, and cayenne pepper.

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  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

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  • Stir in dried tortellini. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 1 hour more or high-heat setting for 45 minutes more.

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  • Stir in evaporated milk and fresh spinach. If desired, sprinkle individual servings with black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

450 calories; total fat 18g; saturated fat 7g; cholesterol 34mg; sodium 1710mg; carbohydrates 53g; fiber 2g; protein 22g.

Reviews (10)

215 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 48
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 23
Rating: Unrated
12/30/2016
I will make this again. I added some half and half in addition to the evaporated milk. I used Alfredo sauce mix because I couldn't find a white sauce mix. I also used frozen tortellini. My family loved it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make it.
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01/01/2017
I intend to make this with all the recommendations being taken into consideration.  I am also planning to put chicken in it, being my family would disown me if i put a meatless dish down in front of them for dinner.  I am wondering if raw chicken would be ok(cook time is long enough) or if i should precook the chicken?  Suggestions?  Ya'll are great! Happy New Year~
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12/28/2013
I wouldn't call it brimming with fresh vegies. Mushrooms and Spinach is all I see.
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01/24/2014
Can you use fresh Tortellini? Would this change the cooking time?
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02/22/2014
I was so excited to try this. When I did, I was extremely disappointed. It is bland and not at all creamy like I expected. I had to add more oregano and basil towards the end, more 'white sauce' and tons more salt for this to not taste like watered down chicken broth. I also added the evaporated milk at the same time as the tortellini, hoping it'd make it 'creamier'. It did a bit, but it was still just 'blah'.
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01/16/2014
Loved this recipe! Don't know why there are so many haters, everyone in my family loooooves it!
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01/05/2015
I really enjoyed making this recipe. I did run into the same issue with finding the white sauce. I just made my own white sauce with butter, flour and milk and it worked out just fine. I did taste it halfway through cooking time and it did need more salt. It turned out creamy, I think because I made my own sauce. My family thought is was very good and I will make this soup again!
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12/28/2013
Finding it impossible to find the white sauce mix. Any suggestions on a substitute?
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08/31/2014
Saute the mushrooms, onion, and garlic in some butter first. You can easily make your own white sauce, but it's a matter of preference. Not hard stuff - do what's convenient for you. As a general rule, I double seasonings for most slow cooker recipes. Also, I don't see why you shouldn't use cream, half-and-half, or whatever your heart desires at the end. Evaporated milk isn't necessary if you're not adding it at the beginning.
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12/28/2013
I wouldn't call mushrooms and spinich "brimming with fresh vegetables. You can use McCormick's Alfredo sauce for the white sauce. McCormicks may even have a more bland White sauce packet.