Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Slow cooker chicken tortellini soup is loaded with chopped vegetables, shredded cooked chicken, and cheesy tortellini all slow-cooked in a flavorful chicken broth. It’s definitely a dinner the whole family will love!

Adding tortellini to soups just gives it a little more spunk. Try more soups with tortellini in them like this Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup, this delicious Creamy Tuscan Garlic Tortellini Soup or this classic Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup. You will have a hard time picking out which one is your favorite!

The top view of soup in a slow cooker with a label scooping some out.

A Reader’s Review

Absolutely delicious!! This soup is soooo good and so simple! Never any leftovers on this! I highly recommend you try this one!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

This slow cooker chicken tortellini soup is the best of the best! Who doesn’t love a soup that has veggies and cheesy noodles? It’s a fun and easy twist on the classic chicken noodle soup. I especially love this soup because you can make it in the crockpot! That means little to no prep time and lots of flavors. This soup simmers low and slow for 6 hours!

Not only is it easy to make, and you come home to your house smelling delicious, but you can use frozen tortellini, which then makes the process so much easier! This soup takes very little prep, and the reward of the finished dish is absolutely delicious. Serve it with some rolls and then a yummy salad. Your entire family will love it!

Ingredients in Chicken Tortellini Soup

This chicken tortellini soup is comforting at its best! You won’t go wrong with this flavorful, SO DELICIOUS soup that will warm your soul. It is quick and easy to make with all the simple ingredients. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Chicken Breast: I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts in this recipe.
  • Vegetables: Onions, carrots, and celery make this similar to a classic chicken noodle soup.
  • Garlic Cloves: You can use fresh garlic cloves or minced garlic from your fridge. ½ teaspoon equals about one clove of garlic.
  • Chicken Broth and Water: I used low-sodium chicken broth as the base of this soup.
  • Bay Leaves: The bay leaves add seasoning to the soup.
  • Italian Seasoning: You can buy this at the store or make it at home using this recipe.
  • Tortellini: You can use fresh or frozen tortellini! Just add a little bit of extra time if you are using frozen tortellini.
  • Fresh Parsley: This is a garnish that is optional.
  • Salt and Pepper: These will enhance the soup’s flavors.

Let’s Make Some Soup!

This slow cooker chicken tortellini soup is super easy to make. Simply add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker except for the tortellini. I like to add that in about 15 minutes before serving, so they don’t get mushy!

  1. Add Ingredients: Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker except for the tortellini.
  2. Cook: Cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. Shred chicken: Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and then shred (or cube) and add back to the slow cooker.
  4. Add Tortellini: With 15 minutes left then you can add the tortellini to the soup.
  5. Season: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard bay leaves and then serve immediately with chopped parsley, if desired.
A closeup of chicken tortellini soup being scooped out of a crockpot with a ladle.

Easy Tips

This chicken tortellini soup is one of my favorites! Here are more tips on how to make this the BEST slow cooker chicken tortellini soup recipe.

  • Cut Vegetables: It is best to cut the vegetables into larger sizes and all about the same width. This will ensure the vegetables cook throughout during the same time. Then, the larger veggies won’t become mushy while it cooks!
  • Fresh is Best: Fresh tortellini cooks quicker compared to frozen. If you are using frozen tortellini, then add a little more time to cook them longer in the slow cooker.
  • Creamier Broth: Half and half or whipping cream can make this a creamier base broth if you are looking for a creamy broth.
  • Leafy Greens: Looking for a healthier version with leafy greens?! Try adding kale or spinach to the soup.
A gray bowl filled with chicken tortellini soup.

Storing Chicken Tortellini Soup

This recipe is great for busy nights and making ahead or using as a freezer meal. Here are the instructions on how you can store this soup or make this ahead of time!

  • Can You Make Chicken Tortellini Soup Ahead of Time? Yes, this is a great soup to make ahead of time. Simply follow the instructions and leave out the tortellini. Once it is cooked and cooled, place the chicken tortellini soup into a ziplock bag or airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days long. When you are ready to warm up, add the tortellini pasta once the soup is warmed through.
  • Prepare Vegetables Ahead of Time: Trying to get a head start on this soup. Simply chop your vegetables the night before. When ready to make, add it all to the slow cooker to cook.
  • Can you Freeze Chicken Tortellini Soup? Yes! Once your soup has completely cooled, either leave out the tortellini or remove the tortellini before placing them in a ziplock bag. Place in the freezer, laying flat for up to one month. When ready to eat then simply place in the refrigerator overnight until it is thawed.
  • How to Reheat Chicken Tortellini Soup: When ready to warm up, place back into the slow cooker or a large pot over the stovetop. Warm up slowly, stirring occasionally. Once the Chicken Tortellini Soup is warmed up, add in the tortellini pasta. Cook until tender and everything is warmed through. 
A silver spoon scooping out chicken tortellini soup from a bowl.


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup

4.72 from 7 votes
Slow cooker chicken tortellini soup is loaded with chopped vegetables, shredded cooked chicken, and cheesy tortellini all slow-cooked in a flavorful chicken broth. It's definitely a dinner the whole family will love!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or more to taste
  • 2 cups cheese tortellini
  • chopped fresh parsley for serving if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker except for the tortellini.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and shred or cube and add back to the slow cooker.
  • Add in the tortellini and cook for 15 minutes or until they are cooked all the way through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard bay leaves and serve immediately with chopped parsley, if desired.



Originally Posted on November 20, 2015 
Updated on October 12, 2022


Serves: 6

Calories300kcal (15%)Carbohydrates24g (8%)Protein35g (70%)Fat7g (11%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Polyunsaturated Fat1gMonounsaturated Fat2gTrans Fat0.01gCholesterol86mg (29%)Sodium381mg (16%)Potassium762mg (22%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A5147IU (103%)Vitamin C5mg (6%)Calcium90mg (9%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian, Italian American
Keyword chicken tortellini soup, chicken tortellini soup recipe, slow cooker chicken tortellini soup, soup recipe, tortellini soup
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I just finished eating a bowl of this awesome soup way too quickly. Totally worth it. I used bone-in chicken thighs instead of breasts and I added sliced shiitake mushrooms and half of a potato I wanted to use up, as well as a little bit of ghee in the bottom of the slow cooker. Served it with Fresh grated Parmesan and crusty multi-grain bread. It turned out so freakin good. My really picky Fiancé went crazy for it too. He loves chicken noodle soup and I tend to hate it but this was a perfect soup for both of us.

  2. 4 stars
    Easy and delicious! I recommend generously adding salt and pepper, and more a little more Italian seasoning. I added juice of a lemon into the crock pot before cooking and more into each bowl — this is the crucial step to bringing out delicious flavors!!

  3. this tortellini slow cooker soup recipe looks delicious -I will definitely make this for our girls. Thank you for sharing your recipes

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!! This soup is soooo good and so simple! Never any leftovers on this! I highly recommend you try this one!

    1. Just. YUM!! A favorite go-to in our house. Sometimes we sub shredded turkey. Thanks Alyssa 🙂

  5. I diced the carrots (I used more than the recipe called for), celery, onion & garlic and put in crockpot. I lightly seasoned both sides of chicken breasts with poultry seasoning and McCormick’s rotisserie seasoning, and placed them on top.
    I did all of this the night before, and kept crockpot in fridge. The next morning, I used 7 cups broth (3.5 low sodium, 3.5 regular) with 2 bullion cubes and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. I also used a large package of tortellini (about 4 cups)….it was AMAZING!
    I think doing the veggies and chicken the night before really let the flavors combine and shine; this recipe is a keeper for sure, and I will be making it frequently in the cold months ahead!

  6. I noticed the comment from Susan Hill as for the tortellini I just boiled that in a separate pot with water so when everyone was ready to eat u put the tortellini on the bottom of bowl and then pour the warm soup over it and it warms them up. Also then if you have leftovers you can make chicken noodle soup chicken rice soup and so on. Great leftovers. As far as flavor mine was amazing I never messure spices I just keep shaking and tasting. Since everyone has different taste buds. I don’t like a salty soup so this was perfect for me. Did u use the bay leaves?

  7. I have to say this is real easy to make and came out amazing. The only thing that I was missing was the garlic cloves to i just put in lots of garlic powder. I had a shoulder replacement 2 weeks ago and was still able to make it. I also put it on high for 4 hours and still came out amazing. Will have to make this when it’s winter and can it up to have on the cold days or nights. Thank you for the amazing and easy recipe

  8. Pretty and light tasting. But really lacked flavor. I even used 2 tsp of Italian seasoning. And you had better eat the whole pot right now or those tortellini’s will become swollen and gooey in an hour, even if you shut the pot off.

  9. 5 stars
    I have found that adding “Better than Bouillon” chicken base (paste) to this and any other slow cooker chicken soup recipes always fixes bland soup base. I add one or two teaspoons to taste after it’s finished cooking instead of just plain salt. Love this recipe.

  10. super tasty & great recipe, took more like 7.5 hours in my slow cooker for the onions to break down and become soft enough. garlic i had went bad so used garlic powder and tasted great!

  11. I’d like to make this in an Instant Pot, rather than a slow cooker. Plan to sautée the chicken pieces briefly in the IP to improve their flavor, reduce the amount of liquid and add the tortellini in at the same time. Based on the amount of chicken, I’m thinking an 8 minute cook, with quick release of the pressure.
    Would love to hear your thoughts on that!

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