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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. Sue says:

    5 stars
    Very tasty! My family is on a tortellini kick right now and this was enjoyed by all, even the picky one.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great!!

  2. Cokette says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight…very easy and it was so delicious!!! Will def add this recipe to our favorites!

    1. Natasha says:


  3. Nancy Cardarelli says:

    Can this be made ahead and heated up?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! It can, but in general tortellini/pasta soaks up liquid, so it may get a bit puffy if you leave it too long.

      1. Nancy Cardarelli says:

        That’s what I thought. I’ll just leave it as is

  4. Jillene says:

    5 stars
    Loved this! Did add more garlic and next time will try spicy sausage. Family told me to not wait to long to make it again. Great that it’s super fast and easy!!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad it was a hit!! 😀

  5. Nicole says:

    Hmmm….. my tortellini packages are much larger than 9 ounces….. If I use a 750g package will there be enough liquid to pasta, or should i double everything?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! That’s over 26 ounces total, so yes, I’d definitely double the sauce.

  6. Stacey Draves says:

    3 stars
    I made this tonight and it was quick, easy, and very good. I used a chicken sausage cut in thin slices for the meat but otherwise followed the recipe. Oh, I did use a heavy cream “substitute” of milk and butter with a spoonful of flour for thickener as I didn’t have heavy cream on hand. I will definitely make this again. You can make several variations of this using different meat, pasta, and veggies..

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m glad you liked it!

  7. Brandy says:

    5 stars
    Quick and so delicious!

    1. Natasha says:


  8. Caryn says:

    5 stars
    Very tasty! I used half-and half because this was a “what can we make with this stuff” dinner and we don’t keep heavy cream as a staple. Just mixed it with the chicken broth, poured that in first, and then added the tomatoes. Worked great. I have a photo.

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful! So glad it worked out! 🙂 Unfortunately there’s no way to post photos on here, but if you have an Instagram account and tag me, I will be able to see it!

  9. Breanna M. says:

    5 stars
    So easy to make and my husband loves it! This recipe will be one of my go tos for easy weeknight dinners. Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! XO

  10. Kathryn says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and delicious! My son told me it was his new favorite meal. I’ve made it with regular Italian sausage and also with chicken sausage, it was equally delicious both times. I’ve also shared it with family members who have also made and loved it. Thank you for the recipe it’s a keeper.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s awesome! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and leaving me a comment. 🙂 Love that it’s good with chicken sausage too.