This 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.
I really love the simplicity of this dish. Cheese tortellini is so versatile, and you can dress it up in so many ways.
I've been really loving cooking with Italian sausage these days. Not that it's a new revelation for me or anything, but I keep thinking up recipes that use it. It's one of my all-time favorite ingredients. Some of my best recipes are made with it, including this Creamy Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi (One Pan, 20 Minutes), my Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta, these Sausage Stuffed Peppers, and my Zuppa Toscana (Sausage, Bacon, Potato, and Kale Soup).
And there's quite a bit of spinach in here... it's a great way to sneak those greens into dinner. The spinach-sausage-tomato cream sauce combo is just so tasty. I went fairly light on the cream in this recipe, so it's definitely not too rich at all.
How to make this Italian sausage tortellini skillet
- Crumble the sausage meat into a skillet and brown it;
- Add the garlic, broth, tomatoes, cream, and tortellini to the pan; simmer until pasta is cooked and the sauce has reduced;
- Add in the spinach and cook until it wilts;
- Serve with freshly parmesan cheese if desired.
(full instructions are in the recipe card below)
You can definitely use hot Italian sausage if you want a little heat!
As I'm typing this up, it's just above freezing outside. And it's only September 27. Apparently it's supposed to snow in Calgary this weekend, but hopefully the snow will miss us. What the heck? I know I live in Canada and all, but it's TOO SOON.
More easy tortellini recipes you'll love:
- Chicken Tortellini Alfredo
- Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
- Cheese Tortellini with Butter, Mushrooms, and Crispy Sage
- Tomato Tortellini Soup
- Creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup with Chicken
- Spinach Tortellini Salad
Will you give this tortellini with spinach and sausage recipe a try?
Questions? Leave me a comment below.
One Pan Tortellini with Sausage
- 10.6 ounces Italian sausages crumbled, see note
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 (14 fluid 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 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. Drain the fat and leave the sausage in the pan.
- Add the garlic, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, cream, and tortellini. Cook 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.
- I used 3 sausages from a 5-pack of Johnsonville mild Italian sausages. Anything around 10.6 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.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
This was a wonderful, fast easy dish. I used hot sausage, added a little white wine and tomato paste and fire roasted diced tomato. Will definately make it again.
Could I substitute the diced tomatoes for rotel? Or what else could I use instead ? I don’t have any diced tomatoes 🙁
Rotel will work fine!
Sandra Barrett says
So good! And easy to make!! My family loves it
Wonderful!! Thanks, Sandra!
Cant wait to try this! Can I sub out the can of diced tomatoes to crushed tomatoes?
Yes, but keep an eye on it as it may reduce faster as crushed tomatoes are thicker.
commenting again to say this recipe was AMAZING!! I used crushed tomatoes (blended) because I don't like the tomato chunks and it still came out perfect!
That's great!! 😀
Jill K says
This turned out delicious and was a hit with my whole family. I have the frozen tortellini from Costco but it worked well even from frozen...
This pasta dish is so simple but so much flavor. It was enjoyed by all. Served it with Caesar salad and garlic bread.
I'm thrilled to hear that!! 😀 Thanks for your 5-star review!
Delicious! I sautéed half an onion with the sausage. I only had half and half, so I added 2oz cream cheese to my sauce. Easy and yummy!
So happy it worked out, Abby! 🙂
This is so good.. thank you 😊
You're very welcome!! 🙂
Omg this has become one of my favorite meals! I like to add a little more broth and a little sour cream or mascarpone to help thicken the sauce, but it needs no improvement as it is written. Excellent recipe 🐷
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
That's so nice to hear!! Thanks for leaving a review. 🙂
Alex Johnson says
This is absolutely delicious, such an easy meal to make, not expensive either especially if you have ingredients on hand. Even my 17 month old loves it!
I'm so glad you like it!! 🙂 Thanks for your review, Alex!
Had to switch out frozen for fresh spinich, but still absolutely delicious! I will be making this again.
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
That's awesome! Thanks for giving it a try! 🙂
Erica Abduelal says
I veganize this and it was delicious
carolyn gardner says
Easy fast, can adjust ingredients to make it yours. Great recipe
Thanks so much!!
Great recipe for working folks...only improvement might be a bit more sauce, but maybe I cooked it a little too long. Will make it again :). Thanks!
You're very welcome!
I love your recipes! I cooked tortellini ahead and added lots of Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to sauce. Added more cream and broth to get a good amount of liquid! Delicious!
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Emily B says
A touch bland but *quick and easy* which is amazing for nights where we have activities. I didn't have cream so instead added a little extra water with the broth to get the liquid level up, and stirred in about 1/4 cup of cream cheese before adding the spinach.
Omg! So delicious and so easy! Can I give this a 10-star rating? Fabulous!
I had fire roasted diced tomatoes in my pantry and also tossed in a little Trader Joe’s Italian sofrito (because I’m addicted to it).
Prep is minimal (sometimes even with one-pan recipes I feel like I’m prepping… measuring, chopping, dicing…). Cleanup is done before the tortellini is done. Perfect weeknight dinner and this is in the meal rotation for sure!
All-in-all a complete winner!
Aww thank you!! So glad it was a hit!! 🙂 Appreciate your review!
The picture looked yummy..so I figured I would give it a try.
(I like trying to make new recipes and always hoping for a winner.)
I made it for supper last night with garlic toast on the side.
Omg! This was AMAZING and the flavor was unbelievable! My husband says he gives it a 10 and I agree..,we have a Winner!
We will be having this again very soon! I am going to look to see what other gems that you may have..Thank you for this very amazing recipe!!
I'm so glad you decided to give it a try! 🙂 Appreciate your 5-star review, Amy! Let me know if you try anything else.
So easy and delicious. My husband loved it!
Emily Tunstill says
I never leave reviews but I can't not this time-- my husband and I are OBSESSED! This is my far our new favourite meal. Literally called home about it. It was so easy and tasty and SO AMAZING!
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
Amazing! So happy you both enjoy it so much. Thank you for the kind review!
This was so quick, easy and DELICIOUS. I used half and half and it was fine. My only regret was not making more for lunches tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe
So glad you liked it!
this was great and easy to pull off!
I used half and half and it was fine
This recipe was so easy and delicious. I conveniently had all of the ingredients on hand. I love how everything was cooked in one pot and everybody in the family loved it (picky eaters too!). I made a double batch, and it came out perfectly. Thanks for sharing this gem!
That's so nice to hear, Erin!! 😀 You're very welcome!
Nicole Hayes says
I make this recipe all the time - so delicious.
Yay!! Thanks for your review!
This recipe is a staple in my household! I have made it a few times as is and a few tweaked versions. Instead of diced tomatoes I used Rotel to give it a kick. I also have subbed out the sausage for ground chicken when I didn't have any! All equally amazing!
That's great to hear, Keri!! 🙂 Thanks for writing me a review!
Just made this tonight and it was a big hit with everyone! I had everything already on hand so no trip to the store and all in one pan...perfect! It was delicious!
Fantastic!! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂
Absolutely love this recipe. So easy so good. Ty
Linda Gray says
That’s ok I did really love it. It was versatile easy and very quick. If you don’t have cream use half and half It works. I have used ground turkey and added seasonings 30 minutes you are done easy clean up
You're welcome!! 🙂
I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good! I doubled it, but changed the ratio of ingredients a bit so that I wouldn’t have any odd leftovers. I used a one pound package of Jimmy Dean hot sausage, a 19 oz bag of frozen tortellini, a 5.5 oz bag of spinach, and doubled all the sauce ingredients. I was a bit worried about the frozen tortellini, but I just threw it in and it cooked very well. I would definitely put a larger bag of spinach next time though! I did think it needed a bit more flavor so I added some Italian seasoning which balanced it well. Overall, it was a hit and I will definitely make again 🙂
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
I'm glad it worked out, Gina! Thanks for the review!