Can I just say that everyone who told us that it’s a big adjustment going from one to two kids was ONE HUNDRED PERCENT CORRECT?! I can’t believe we ever thought having one kid, especially a newborn, was difficult. I mean yes – hello sleep deprivation. But instead of having two adults and one little human, it’s two versus two. All hands on deck.
I’d say the most challenging time of day for us is the evening. Soren can get a little fussy and since it gets dark so easily, Lars needs to be entertained inside.
So far it works out best for Marc to manage Lars and for me to keep Soren happy, typically wearing him in a baby carrier. So when it comes to dinners, I pretty much have three requirements. For one, it needs to take less than 30 minutes MAX. Second, not a lot of chopping or standing over the stove. Grease splatters and leaning over just isn’t going to work. Third, if it’s a slow cooker recipe, I am in.
Easy Slow Cooker Recipe
A slow cooker recipe means that I can throw it together in the morning generally when I get a chance. It’s not as time sensitive as “oh my gosh it’s 6:00 and we need to figure out dinner.” That’s where this slow cooker meatball tortellini soup comes in.
This slow cooker meatball tortellini soup is absolutely perfect for busy weeknights. Aside from a little chopping of onion and carrots, you simply add it all to the slow cooker and let it cook all day. Since we love this recipe so much, I typically make a double batch and put one in the freezer. Then all I have to do the day before I want to make it is take it out of the freezer, and let it thaw in my refrigerator until the next morning.
Can This Be Made On The Stove?
Also can I let you in on a little secret? This soup can easily be made on the stovetop as well. Just saute the veggies in a little bit of olive oil, then add the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer for 20 minutes. So just in case you didn’t have time in the morning to throw it all in the slow cooker or you just didn’t think that far ahead, this soup will still save you.
We serve this with a side of garlic bread and a salad, and we personally love it topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Enjoy!
- 1 onion diced
- 2 carrots peeled and finely chopped
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 16 ounces frozen Italian meatballs
- 8 ounces frozen chopped spinach
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 8 cups beef broth
- 16 ounces cheese tortellini
- Shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley for topping
- Place all ingredients except for tortellini in slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.
- Add tortellini for the last 30 minutes.
- Serve topped with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.