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This 25-minute tortellini with sausage recipe is a quick, easy, flavorful, and comforting dinner that’s made all in one pan! Fewer dishes means more time to relax.

You may also enjoy this Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup, this Creamy Sausage and Peppers Pasta, or my Easy Zuppa Toscana.

a bowl of italian sausage tortellini

Why you’ll love it

I really love the simplicity of this sausage tortellini recipe. Cheese tortellini is so versatile, and you can dress it up in so many ways. The spinach-sausage-tomato cream sauce combo is just so tasty. Italian sausage is one of my all-time favorite ingredients to cook with.

Despite being simple to make with minimal ingredients, one lovely reader said that this Italian sausage pasta recipe is “nothing short of divine.” There’s also quite a bit of spinach in here, so it’s a great way to sneak those greens into dinner! That’s a win for families on busy weeknights.

What you’ll need

  • Italian sausage – grab a package of mild Italian sausages, or use bulk sausage meat
  • Garlic – to infuse lots of savory goodness
  • Chicken broth – for the base of the sauce
  • Tomatoes – we’re using a can of diced tomatoes for convenience
  • Heavy cream – I went fairly light on the cream in this recipe, so it’s definitely not too rich at all! It adds a touch of luxuriousness.
  • Tortellini – use cheese tortellini from the refrigerated section of the grocery store
  • Spinach – for a pop of freshness
ingredients for tortellini with italian sausage in measuring cups and prep bowls

Helpful Tip

If you find the liquid is getting too low before the tortellini is cooked, simply add another splash of chicken broth or cream. Since stoves and cookware vary, adjust as needed for one-pan recipes using your best judgment!

How to make Italian sausage tortellini

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

cooking italian sausage in a skillet and adding broth, tortellini, and seasonings

Crumble the sausage into a skillet. Cook until browned, and then drain any excess fat. Add the garlic, broth, tomatoes, cream, and tortellini. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked.

adding spinach to a skillet of sausage tortellini and cooking it through

Once the sauce has reduced to your liking, add in the spinach. Cook until it wilts. Give it a taste, season with salt & pepper as needed, and top with freshly grated parmesan if using.

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Substitutions and variations

  • You can definitely use hot Italian sausage if you want a little heat!
  • I don’t recommend substituting the heavy cream for anything with a lower fat content like half-and-half. It’s liable to curdle due to the tomatoes.
  • A handful of fresh basil stirred in at the same time as the spinach would be delicious here.
a skillet with cheese tortellini and italian sausage and a serving spoon

What to serve with Italian sausage tortellini

Leftovers and storage

  • Store for 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container, but keep in mind that the tortellini will puff up/soak up the sauce the longer you leave it.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.
  • I don’t recommend freezing since I’m not a fan of the texture of thawed cooked pasta, but you could always experiment with leftovers if you wish.
close-up of tortellini with spinach and sausage

If you made this tortellini with spinach and sausage recipe, please leave a star rating and review below! Talk to me if you have questions. You can also find me on Instagram.

a bowl of italian sausage tortellini
4.90 from 137 votes

One Pan Tortellini with Sausage

This 25-minute tortellini with sausage recipe is a quick, easy, flavorful, and comforting dinner that's made all in one pan! Fewer dishes means more time to relax.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 11 ounces Italian sausages crumbled, see note
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1 (9 ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese optional, to taste


  • Take the sausage meat out of the casings and crumble it into a skillet. Cook it over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until it's browned. If there's a lot of excess fat, drain most of it. Leave the sausage in the pan.
  • Add the garlic, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, cream, and tortellini. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until the tortellini is cooked and the sauce has reduced to your liking. Cooking the tortellini in the sauce helps thicken it (it releases starch).
  • Stir in the spinach and let it wilt. Season with salt & pepper as needed and serve with fresh parmesan sprinkled over top if using.


  • I used 3 sausages from a 5-pack of Johnsonville mild Italian sausages. Anything around 11 oz will work, or you can even use more sausage meat if you wish. Try hot Italian sausages if you want some heat!
  • I do not recommend substituting the heavy cream because the acidity in the tomatoes will likely curdle milk or half-and-half.


Calories: 594kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 1063mg, Potassium: 507mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1960IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 174mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on September 27, 2019. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!

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  1. Bob says:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Wife and I loved it. Only changes I made were to up the amount of liquid in it, really not enough to cook the tortellini and added some extra herbs.

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you liked it, Bob! Hmm… I never had any issues with the liquid quantities. Maybe your pan was a different size and it was spread out differently? In any case, I’m glad it worked out!

  2. Kate Mc.burney says:

    One of my favorite recipes. Super easy. I substitute the cream with cream cheese though ๐Ÿ˜ delicious

    1. Natasha says:

      Excellent!! So glad you like it!

  3. Nancy says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been trying a few of your 30 minute meals each week. They’re all quick and tasty, but the one pan tortellini with sausage is my husbands favorite, and now he knows how to make it himself! I made it with hot sausage.

    Thank you,

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww that’s great! Thanks for letting me know, Nancy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Terry Chapin says:

    5 stars
    Fast, simple and most importantly absolutely delicious! Glad I found your website because thereโ€™s many recipes Im anxious to try.

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww I am so happy you enjoyed it, Terry! Let me know if you make anything else. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Trish says:

    5 stars
    I go visit my mom on Sundays and I made this dinner. I havenโ€™t been cooking much lately, but thanks to your clear instructions this was easy to make and simply delicious. Thank you!!!

    1. Natasha says:

      I am so happy you enjoyed it and found the recipe easy to follow, Trish! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for letting me know!

  6. Laura says:

    5 stars
    Quick, easy, and delicious!!! And the best part.. one pan to wash!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s what I like to hear! ๐Ÿ˜€ So glad you liked the recipe! Thanks for commenting!

  7. Brittany Rose says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was amazing! Half and half was all I had, so i added at the very end and let it heat through. I would give this recipe ten stars if I could!

    1. Natasha says:

      So pleased to hear it! Thanks for leaving me a sweet comment, Brittany ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Maureen says:

    5 stars
    Really easy and delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      So happy you liked it, thanks for letting me know, Maureen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. bryan hart says:

    i have some adirondack venison sweet sausage…and honestly iโ€™m trying to find something to do with it. how about as the sausage in this dish?

    1. Natasha says:

      Why not! Sounds delicious to me!

      1. bryan hart says:

        thank you! imma gonna try ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Shirley Boag says:

    Can you use coconut milk instead of cream?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Shirley! You could try… but it will have a slight coconut flavor and may end up a bit on the oily side.