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Tortellini with sausage and peppers – an easy way to make store-bought tortellini more exciting! Ready in only 30 minutes.

blue bowl with easy sausage tortellini with peppers

I’ve been known to eat plain ole store bough tortellini by itself when I’m feeling super lazy. I don’t recommend it. It really doesn’t take much to turn it into something you actually want to eat.

Fry up some Italian sausage and peppers, make a really simple tomato sauce, and cook it all in one pan. No fuss, and limited clean-up. This sausage and peppers pasta is perfect for an easy weeknight meal!

You may also like my Sausage and Peppers Skillet or this Creamy Tortellini with Spinach and Mushrooms (One Pan!).

sausage tortellini skillet with peppers

Normal people would use cheese tortellini for this, but I decided to use sausage stuffed tortellini, and then I added some extra sausage for good measure.

Greedy? Oh yeah. It was good, though!! Feel free to use cheese tortellini, though. 😉

skillet with sausage, peppers, and tortellini

Hope you will give this tortellini and sausage in a tomato sauce recipe a go!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. 🙂

Tortellini with sausage and peppers - an easy way to make store-bought tortellini more exciting!
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Sausage Tortellini Skillet

This sausage tortellini skillet with peppers is an easy way to make store-bought tortellini more exciting!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 Italian sausages sliced
  • 2 bell peppers (I used orange & red)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 2 dashes Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (21 ounce) package tortellini
  • 6 leaves fresh basil torn
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Cook sausages for 7-10 minutes (or until browned all over) in a deep skillet on medium heat. Meanwhile, chop the peppers.
  • Add the peppers to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and water. Scrape the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the tortellini to the pan and stir until it's mostly covered by the sauce. Cover the pan with the lid slightly ajar, and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  • Remove lid and cook for another 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened as desired. Stir in the fresh basil and parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

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  1. Michaela says:

    So good! I used all 5 sausages in the package and it turned out great šŸ™‚

    1. Natasha says:

      Fantastic! šŸ˜€

  2. John says:

    How much sausage do you use for this recipe?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I used 2 Italian sausages… like ones out of a Johnsonville 5-pack. Recipe is definitely flexible, though… a little more or less is fine.

  3. Faith says:

    Hi Natasha! Made this tortellini for my family tonight, and it was a huge hit! Even the pickiest eaters enjoyed it. We spiced it up with crushed red pepper and used leftover fettuccine noodles which still turned out very tasty. The fresh basil was the perfect addition. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you guys enjoyed it!! ????

  4. Cathy | says:

    always love your pasta recipes…you put the comfort in comfort food!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Cathy šŸ™‚