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30-Minute Tuscan Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach

One skillet and less than 30 minutes will get this delicious Tuscan Tortellini on the table. Everything, including the tortellini, gets cooked up in one big pan. Busy weeknights, we’ve got you covered..

Tuscan Tortellini in white bowl with parmesan

Delicious Tortellini Recipe in One Pan

The other day I was driving along and it started to rain. The Littles and I noticed runners, bikers, and walkers who simply kept on keeping on. No umbrellas or raincoats.

As a runner, I’ve been caught in everything from showers to downpours and never by choice. Most of the time, I opt to book it as fast as I can. There exists no better workout than trying to beat a storm. 

Back in California, at the slightest sign of a sprinkle, most of us drew out our umbrellas, ready to do battle. When we moved to the Midwest, I suddenly felt like the only person who keeps an umbrella. Since then, I’ve learned to let myself get rained on sometimes. You know, when in Rome

Speaking of which, some things are simply meant to be drenched. By things, I mean food. Specifically, tortellini loves a good sauce. Little bites of chewy, cheesy, tender tortellini simply live to be drenched.

This Tuscan Tortellini recipe is cooked in a savory, flavorful, robust sauce. Bonus: this family favorite dish takes only 30 minutes or less and one pan.

Tuscan Tortellini in White Dish

Simple Pantry Ingredients

This Tuscan Tortellini takes everyday ingredients and melds it together into something special. In every bite, you’ll get tender, cheesy tortellini simmered in a savory sauce peppered with incredible flavors. Robust Italian flavors shine through with tomatoes, garlic, onions, garlic, sausage, spinach, and Parmesan cheese.

Routinely stock your pantry with broth – chicken, beef, vegetable are all great to have on hand. We use broth all the time for recipes like Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings and One-Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup.

A few cans of diced tomatoes and a jar or two of your favorite tomato based pasta sauce always come in handy, not just for this tortellini dish, but also for dishes like Perfect Pasta Primavera.

You’ll find that keeping your freezer stocked with some ground sausage is super convenient, and an airtight roll of ground sausage can last a long time in the freezer. We love having a bag of frozen cheese tortellini, as well as frozen cheese ravioli on hand in our freezer; they’re great for quick and easy family meals.

Don’t forget that freshly shredded parmesan cheese also freezes superbly, giving you ready access to it anytime you need it, including Homemade Spaghetti nights.

All your favorite Italian flavors are tossed into one big pan. It’s comfort food with big, bold flavors – a dinner that’s destined for regular rotation.

Ingredient Options and Substitutions

Feel free to play around with fun alternatives for your tortellini dinner:

  • Try chopped kale leaves instead of spinach
  • Beef broth or vegetable broth can be used instead of chicken broth; whichever you choose, go with a full strength broth.
  • Fire-roasted tomatoes with juices are a great alternative to Italian diced tomatoes
  • Try your favorite cooked sausage links, diced or sliced, in lieu of the ground sausage
  • Go meatless and add more vegetables if you’d like – ideas include sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced carrots, and zucchini.
  • If you live in an area where half & half liquid cream isn’t readily available, you can use a mixture of milk and heavy cream instead.
Tuscan Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach in skillet

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Tuscan Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach

30-Minute Skillet Tuscan Tortellini

4.63 from 155 ratings
Just 30 minutes and one skillet is all you’ll need to get this delish Tuscan Tortellini on the table. Everything, including the tortellini, gets cooked up in one big pan. Busy weeknights, here we come.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 18 mins
Servings: 6


  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage, no casings
  • 2 cups tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 14 oz Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup half & half creamer, or heavy cream
  • 19 oz frozen cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups baby spinach, torn to bite size
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly shaved/shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: freshly chopped herbs, such as basil or parsley, for garnish.


  • In a very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion, stir constantly 30 seconds. Add garlic and stir another 2 minutes or until aromatic and tender.
  • Push onion mixture to the edges of pan and add sausage into the center of pan. Cook and break up sausage; once it’s half-cooked, stir together with the onion mixture and continue cooking until browned.
  • Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juices, broth, and half/half. Stir and bring to a simmer. Add frozen tortellini, stirring to submerge tortellini in the sauce. Cover and simmer until tender, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Gently stir in spinach and just until wilted. Add 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste. Serve immediately with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped herbs, if desired.


See original article for ingredient substitutions and variations. 
If you’d like to use fresh cheese tortellini, lessen cook time so tortellini does not overcook.
If you prefer sauce more creamy, add a bit more cream. Add more broth if sauce becomes too thick (may be the case with leftovers or if dish has been sitting around too long.) 
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.8g | Protein: 18.2g | Fat: 18.9g | Saturated Fat: 6.5g | Cholesterol: 55.3mg | Sodium: 760mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 8.5g
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Method: Stovetop

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2. 30-Minute Spaghetti Carbonara. Cooks Illustrated did a winner on this one, and we show you how right here.

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3. 30-Minute Healthy Taco Casserole. Yeah, Tex-Mex can be healthish. And fast and deeeelish!

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Recipe Rating


    • Michelle
    • 5 stars

    Made this recipe tonight…as is, and it’s freaking delicious!!! This recipe is a keeper and will be going into regular rotation. Thank you so much ☺️

    • Lena Spinneweber
    • 5 stars

    This has quickly become a favorite, but makes too much for two people. So I make the recipe as written, using hot Italian turkey sausage in place of pork. But before I add the tortellini, I add the spinach. Then separate into too portions, one for the freezer. I then add 10ounces of tortellini to the pan and cook as instructed. I leave the tortellini out of the freezer portion, as tortellini does not freeze and reheat well. When I use the frozen mixture, I heat it through and add 10 ounces of tortellini. It is as fresh tasting as the dinner I made originally.

      • Amy Dong

      So glad you guys like this recipe, Lena!

    • Giangi Townsend
    • 5 stars

    Easy to make and delicious. Thank you for sharing. Everyone enjoyed it.

    • Sue
    • 5 stars

    Delicious and fast – this is my kind of meal!

    • Michelle C
    • 5 stars

    Absolutely delicious. I made mine by eye, using your recipe as a guide. I made this with Rao’s traditional sauce (the only sauce I will eat aside from my own) and a can of fire roasted tomatoes, chicken broth paste, water, sausage and the tortellini etc. – I forgot to add the heavy cream. I may add it tomorrow when I heat up the leftovers or next time. It’s just so good and I can’t believe I this made this delicious soup. Tastes like a real chef made it. Thank you so much for this quick recipe. It’s cold in my city and it’s Sunday and this is the perfect, super tasty comfort food.

      • Amy Dong

      YAY, so happy you guys loved this dish (I also like Rao’s)!

    • Sally St Clair
    • 5 stars

    So tasty!! I used sweet Italian sausage, only 8 oz. of dried Banza chickpea shell pasta in place of tortellini, and about 18 oz. of tomato sauce and dried Italian spices instead of pasta sauce. Oh and added about a tablespoon of dried chili pepper flakes. Love this easy recipe; it’s flexible and again, so tasty!

    • Angela Barton
    • 5 stars

    This turned out to be absolutely delicious! And quick and easy. I used fresh diced tomato because I didn’t have any canned tomatoes and made my own Italian sausage out of our home grown ground pork and tomato sauce with added Italian seasonings. I used cream from our Jersey cows and garlic from our neighbor’s garden and fresh tortellini I picked up at the store. Outstanding!
    I will definitely make this again, and soon!

      • Amy Dong

      Thank you so much, Angela!

    • Natalie
    • 5 stars

    We eat this dish often, one of my favorite quick dinner meals.

    • Sarah
    • 4 stars

    The recipe was tasty but I think there is too much liquid. I had to add about a can of tomato paste to thicken the sauce. Other than that, it was good!

      • Amy Dong

      Thanks, Sarah!

    • Jewel
    • 5 stars

    Had to season to my liking and removed the sausage, but otherwise fantastic recipe anyone can make

    • Carolyn
    • 5 stars

    I was in a hurry trying to fix something quick and saw I had some tortellini. I did a quick search and thankfully found this recipe. It is wonderful!! Thank you so much for saving the day! I will definitely be fixing this again!!

      • Amy Dong

      You’re so welcome, Carolyn!

    • D Van Camp

    Sounds delicious and relatively simple. However, my wife and I are not big into sausage…do you think swapping that for shrimp would work?

      • Amy Dong

      You can use any other protein you’d prefer – hope you love it!

    • Nicole
    • 5 stars

    Very tasty and flavorful. I did add some Italian seasoning and salt for some extra flavor!

      • Amy Dong

      So happy you liked it!

    • James
    • 5 stars

    We had this tonight. It’s AWESOME! I will be having it again soon!!

      • Amy Dong

      Awesome, James!

    • MariJ
    • 5 stars

    I am not a big pasta eater, but this is a pretty good dish. Very delicious! I made a few modifications, I didn’t have Italian sausage, so I used a smoked beef & brisket sausage. I used heavy cream instead of half and half. I used the Classico four cheese pasta sauce and Italian fire-roasted tomatoes. I also added fresh mushrooms, fresh basil, and fresh shrimp. My family loved it!! Thanks for posting such a great recipe!

    • Ashley
    • 5 stars

    Super delicious and easy weeknight meal! Family loved it. Thank you so much!!

    • Nina
    • 5 stars

    I made this last night and wow! This is a super simple recipe that came together fast – perfect for a weeknight meal. I cut down on the chicken broth a bit and added a smidge more half and half for a thicker sauce. Delicious! I’ll definitely be making this one again.

      • Dana

      Hi there,

      May be a silly question but what is the “half cup and half” on the ingredients list under the broth?

      I want to make this for my family but don’t know what that bit is

      Thank you

        • Amy Dong

        Not silly at all, Dana! Half & Half is dairy creamer typically found in the refrigerated section, near milk. You can also use heavy cream.

          • Dana

          Thank you so much!

    • Nina
    • 5 stars

    I made this last night and wow! It has an amazing flavor and it is a super simple and fast recipe for a weeknight dinner. I cut back on the chicken broth a bit and added a smidge more cream for a thicker sauce. Delicious! I’ll definitely be making this again.

    • Judy
    • 5 stars

    OMG, this was soooo delicious and easy. Everyone loved it. I used Rao’s tomato basil sauce and added more oregano and Italian seasoning. Rao’s is the way to go for any pasta sauce!!!! I used three different type of stuffed pasta. Made the sausage on the side so my guests could choose. This is a keeper! Thanks

    • Amy Chappell

    So what if I’m using fresh or refrigerated tortellini?
    Any different cook time for adding the tortellini?

      • Amy Dong

      I would cut down the cooking time by about 5 minutes if using fresh. Enjoy!

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