Sausage, Tortellini, and Spinach in a Creamy Tomato Sauce

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Tender tortellini pasta filled with cheese or spinach is simmered along with Italian sausage in a rich and flavorful sauce to make this recipe for Sausage, Tortellini, and Spinach in a Creamy Tomato Sauce.

This tortellini recipe is so irresistible, the whole family was stealing bites straight out of the pan on the stove.

Sausage, Tortellini, and Spinach in a Creamy Tomato Sauce is a kid and adult favorite. Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.comOne pan meals are huge right now. No one likes to spend hours cleaning up the kitchen after spending time cooking dinner, right? This meal though? I would happily wash a whole lot of pots and pans to eat this sausage and tortellini skillet again.

Lucky for both of us, this deliciousness cooks up in a single skillet, making cleanup a breeze.

What Is Tortellini

Tortellini is a fun little pasta. Similar to ravioli, tortellini is typically filled with cheese, vegetables, or meat.

Most commonly found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, it might also be found in the freezer, or sometimes with the dried pasta as well. (This particular recipe is written for the most commonly used refrigerated style of tortellini pasta.)

How To Cook Tortellini

Tortellini can be boiled like dried pasta, simmered with a sauce in a pan, or sautéed on the stove. Tortellini can even be baked.

My boys have been on quite a tortellini kick lately, requesting it almost every time I’m meal planning. I made this Sausage, Tortellini, and Spinach in a Creamy Tomato Sauce last month for a super fast late night dinner and Sean asked if it was already on the blog. I knew it wasn’t, but I didn’t realize that I didn’t have a single tortellini pasta recipe posted.

How is that even possible? Keep an eye out for a few more of our favorites in the next few months. I started this blog to save my family’s favorite recipes in one handy place, so those need to be here too.

Sausage, Tortellini, and Spinach in a Creamy Tomato Sauce - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Tortellini Recipes

For more great ways to enjoy tortellini, check out this recipe for Cheesy Tortellini with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts. This Fried Tortellini by Miss In The Kitchen is a terrific appetizer or a main dish option with this fantastic 5 Minute Marinara Sauce for dipping.

Here are a few more one skillet meals to help with your weeknight menu planning. Better-Than-Take-Out Fried Rice, Kielbasa Cabbage Potato Skillet, and One-Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil are three of my favorite 20-Minute Meals.

Sausage Tortellini Recipe

  1. Cook and crumble the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the sausage has almost browned, add the onion and garlic. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the onion begins to soften.

  2. Add the tomatoes and the tortellini to the skillet. Stir and reduce heat once the sauce comes to a simmer. Cover with lid and simmer softly until the tortellini is tender about 8-10 minutes.

  3. Add the spinach and stir for 1-2 minutes until it wilts. Stir in the cream. Sprinkle each serving with cheese if desired.

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Sausage Tortellini with Spinach

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Tender tortellini pasta filled with cheese or spinach is simmered along with Italian sausage in a rich and flavorful sauce to make this Sausage, Tortellini, and Spinach in a Creamy Tomato Sauce.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound Hot or Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped small, about 2/3 cup
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 (14) ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 20 ounces refrigerated tortellini
  • 4 ounces baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, shredded (optional)

Instructions

  • Cook and crumble the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the sausage has almost browned, add the onion and garlic. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the onion begins to soften.
  • Add the tomatoes and the tortellini to the skillet. Stir and reduce heat once the sauce comes to a simmer. Cover with lid and simmer softly until the tortellini is tender about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and stir for 1-2 minutes until it wilts. Stir in the cream. Sprinkle each serving with cheese if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

I've used three cheese, spinach, and mushroom filled varieties of tortellini to make this recipe. Spinach is my personal favorite.

Nutrition

Calories: 626kcal · Carbohydrates: 42g · Protein: 25g · Fat: 39g · Saturated Fat: 15g · Cholesterol: 120mg · Sodium: 971mg · Potassium: 212mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 290IU · Vitamin C: 2mg · Calcium: 163mg · Iron: 3.3mg
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    • Mary Younkin says

      You’ll need to thicken it a bit with flour, but it should work, Karla. (Just whisk a tablespoon or two of flour into the milk before adding it to the skillet.) Cooking it should thicken it fine.

  1. Alex says

    Hi
    Was just wanting to know what you mean when you say cook and crumble the sausage ?
    I’ve. never heard that before

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