Creamy Tortellini with Italian Sausage Skillet Recipe

Looking for the perfect quick meal solution for an easy dinner? Try my creamy tortellini with Italian sausage skillet recipe. Indulge in the flavors of cheese tortellini, savory sausage, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a creamy sauce.

A delicious and easy-to-make skillet dish with creamy tortellini, Italian sausage, and spinach.

This is a family-favorite recipe for a quick, easy creamy sausage tortellini skillet, perfect for a delicious weeknight dinner.

The dish features cheese tortellini cooked in a creamy sauce with savory Italian sausage, fire-roasted tomatoes, and fresh spinach.

The recipe includes simple ingredients like minced onion, garlic, cream, cream cheese, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.

This versatile dish is a go-to option for creating a delicious and satisfying meal without spending hours in the kitchen.


An appealing bowl of creamy tortellini with Italian sausage.

Creamy Tortellini Sausage Skillet

Creamy tortellini with Italian sausage skillet is the perfect busy weeknight dinner solution. Combining savory Italian sausage, creamy sauce, and tender cheesy tortellini creates a flavorful and satisfying meal.

The addition of fire-roasted tomatoes and fresh spinach adds depth and freshness to the dish, while the grated Parmesan cheese adds a delicious finishing touch.

Tortellini with Sausage Ingredients

Not only is this creamy tortellini recipe delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make with just a few pantry staple ingredients. You can have a whole meal on the table in under 30 minutes with just one skillet.

  • Sausage – The classic choice and the one most commonly used in this recipe, Italian sausage is available in mild or hot varieties. It adds a distinct blend of herbs and spices, adding a bold and savory flavor.
  • Spices – Minced onion and garlic are the two spices that add a savory and aromatic foundation that complements the Italian sausage, creamy sauce, and other ingredients in the recipe.
  • Cream and Cream Cheese – The secret to my homemade sauce lies in the combination of heavy cream and room-temperature cream cheese.
  • Chicken Broth – To add depth of flavor and balance to the sauce, I include chicken broth, which brings a savory richness to the dish.
  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes – These vibrant and smoky tomatoes provide a burst of flavor that complements the creamy sauce.
  • Cheese Tortellini – You can find prepackaged cheese tortellini in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. The small, ring-shaped pasta pockets are traditionally filled with a mixture of cheese, such as ricotta, Parmesan, or a combination of different cheeses.
  • Salt + Pepper – Season the dish with salt and pepper to your personal taste.
A scrumptious combination of cheese tortellini, fire-roasted tomatoes, and creamy sauce in a skillet.

How to Make Tortellini with Italian Sausage in a Skillet

Making tortellini with Italian sausage in a skillet is a delicious and easy dish to prepare. Here is a simple step-by-step to guide you through the process

Step 1: Cook the Italian Sausage

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook until it is browned and cooked through.

Break the sausage into smaller pieces as it cooks. Once cooked, drain the grease off of the sausage.

Browned sausage in a white enamel cast iron skillet.

Step 2: Add Onion and Garlic

Once the sausage is cooked, add the minced onion and garlic to the skillet.

Saute them for about 2-3 minutes until they become soft and fragrant.

Step 3: Prepare the Creamy Sauce

Lower heat and pour the heavy cream into the skillet, followed by the cream cheese.

Stir until the cream cheese melts and combines with the cream, creating a smooth and creamy sauce.

Step 4: Add Chicken Broth and Tomatoes

Stir in the chicken broth and fire-roasted diced tomatoes. Let the mixture simmer and allow the flavors to meld together for about 5 minutes.

creamy sauce for sausage tortellini

Step 5: Incorporate Spinach and Tortellini

Add the cheese tortellini to the skillet and mix everything together.

Allow the tortellini to cook in the sauce according to the package instructions, typically for about 3-5 minutes or until they reach a tender consistency.

Add the fresh spinach to the skillet and stir it into the sauce until it wilts down.

Step 6: Season and Serve

Taste the dish and season with salt and pepper to your desired taste. Once everything is cooked to perfection, remove the skillet from the heat.

Serve the creamy tortellini with Italian sausage in bowls or on plates, and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy it with a side of garlic bread or a fresh salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

A comforting and creamy tortellini skillet dish with Italian sausage and spinach.

Tips for Customizing Your Dish

  • Sausage Variations: Experiment with different types of Italian sausage, such as mild or hot, to adjust the level of spiciness according to your preference. You can use sausage in a casing but remove the casing for a loose, crumbled sausage texture.
  • Make it Spicy: If you prefer a spicier version, use spicy Italian sausage or add some red pepper flakes.
  • Vegetable Additions: While the recipe includes spinach and tomatoes, you can add more vegetables to enhance the nutritional value and flavor. Bell peppers or mushrooms make excellent additions.
  • Gluten-Free Option: If you’re following a gluten-free diet, look for gluten-free cheese tortellini.
  • Fresh Herbs as Garnish: Consider topping your creamy tortellini skillet with fresh basil leaves or fresh parsley.
A colorful and flavorful skillet meal featuring creamy tortellini and Italian sausage.

Storing Leftover Skillet Tortellini

To store leftovers of your creamy tortellini skillet meal, allow the dish to cool at room temperature.

Then, transfer the leftovers to an airtight container. The leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Why I Love One Skillet Meals

I absolutely love one skillet meals for my weeknight dinners. They are my go-to solution for a quick and easy meal without all the fuss. I can whip up a satisfying dinner with just one pan that the whole family will devour.

Not only do these meals save me precious time in the kitchen, but they also minimize the post-dinner cleanup. Whether it’s skillet fajitas, shepherd’s pie, or pork chops with creamy sauce, skillet dinners are a win-win situation.

This dish offers a delightful blend of creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy elements to please your entire family. The tender tortellini, savory Italian sausage, and creamy sauce make it a comforting and satisfying option for dinner.

I often turn to this recipe on busy weeknights when I want to put a delicious meal on the table without spending hours cooking. The convenience of using fresh ingredients and a single skillet makes it a real-time-saver.

A mouthwatering bowl of tortellini with a creamy sauce,

Creamy Tortellini with Italian Sausage Skillet

Next time you need a quick and easy weeknight dinner, try this recipe. With its simple ingredients, quick cooking time, and incredible flavor, it’s bound to become one of your family favorite go-to recipes.

You can easily incorporate this Italian sausage tortellini skillet into your regular rotation of favorite recipes. It’s a versatile dish that can be customized to your liking and enjoyed as a quick dinner or a cozy weekend meal.

A bowl filled with creamy tortellini, sausage, and spinach, inviting you to dig in.

Tortellini with Sausage Recipe

With the perfect blend of savory Italian sausage, cheese-filled tortellini, and a medley of flavorful ingredients, this skillet meal is bound to impress friends and family.

Share this mouthwatering recipe with your friends and family on social media to spread the deliciousness!

A delicious and easy-to-make skillet dish with creamy tortellini, Italian sausage, and spinach.

Creamy Tortellini with Italian Sausage Skillet Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Creamy tortellini with Italian sausage skillet is the perfect busy weeknight dinner solution. The combination of savory Italian sausage, creamy sauce, and tender cheesy tortellini creates a flavorful and satisfying meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 19 ounces tortellini (refrigerator section of the grocery store)

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook until it is browned and cooked through. Break the sausage into smaller pieces as it cooks. Once cooked, drain the grease off of the sausage.
  2. Once the sausage is cooked, add the minced onion and garlic to the skillet. Saute them for about 2-3 minutes until they become soft and fragrant.
  3. Lower heat and pour the heavy cream into the skillet, followed by the cream cheese.Stir until the cream cheese melts and combines with the cream, creating a smooth and creamy sauce.
  4. Stir in the chicken broth and fire-roasted diced tomatoes. Let the mixture come to a simmer and allow the flavors to meld together for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the cheese tortellini to the skillet and mix everything together. Allow the tortellini to cook in the sauce according to the package instructions, typically for about 3-5 minutes or until they reach a tender consistency.
  6. Add the fresh spinach to the skillet and stir it into the sauce until it wilts down.
  7. Taste the dish and season with salt and pepper to your desired taste. Once everything is cooked to perfection, remove the skillet from the heat.
  8. Serve the creamy tortellini with Italian sausage in bowls or on plates, and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy it with a side of garlic bread or a fresh salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

Notes

Tips For Customizing Your Dish

  • Sausage Variations: Experiment with different types of Italian sausage, such as mild or hot, to adjust the level of spiciness according to your preference. You can use sausage in a casing but remove the casing for a loose, crumbled sausage texture.
  • Make it Spicy: If you prefer a spicier version, use spicy Italian sausage or add in some red pepper flakes.
  • Vegetable Additions: While the recipe includes spinach and tomatoes, feel free to add more vegetables to enhance the nutritional value and flavor. Bell peppers or mushrooms make excellent additions.
  • Gluten-Free Option: If you’re following a gluten-free diet, look for gluten-free cheese tortellini.
  • Fresh Herbs as Garnish: Consider topping your creamy tortellini skillet with fresh basil leaves or fresh parsley.

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