This one is hearty, quick and easy! All of my favorite things in one! My 6 year old even had seconds! It makes 6 servings or so. You could attempt this with fat free cream cheese but I can't guarantee that the cream cheese will melt. If you're going to be using cream cheese, may as well use the good stuff anyways!
4 cups or 1 carton of chicken broth (or vegetable broth of you're mot a meat eater)
1 bag of frozen cheese tortellini
2 cans Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 of a 10 oz bag of fresh spinach, chopped
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, cubed
Seasonings to taste (garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper)
In crock pot combine undrained tomatoes, spinach, cream cheese, broth and seasonings. Cook on low 5 hours, add the tortellini with 2 hours left on the timer. You can out the tortellini in when you start but it comes out very, very soft. The cream cheese will still look rather chunky at the end, just mix very well until melts into the soup and then serve!
This can also easily be done in a pot on the stove! Add all ingredients to your pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium and stir frequently until cream cheese is melted (20-30 minutes). That's it!
This would be delicious if you added some cooked Italian sausage too!