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30-Minute Tuscan Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach

This one-skillet Tuscan Tortellini with Sausauge and Spinach is perfect for busy weeknights. Ready in less than 30 minutes, it’s not only quick and easy but also features a flavorful, robust sauce the family will love!

Overhead shot of Tuscan tortellini with sausage and spinach in a tomato based sauce.
This one-pan Tuscan tortellini recipe is incredibly easy to make and takes only 30 minutes from scratch!

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Why This Recipe Stands Out

If you’re a fan of easy tortellini recipes, you’re going to love this Tuscan tortellini recipe. Here’s why:

  • Quick: This recipe only takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Easy: With only one pan needed, this recipe is a breeze to make and even easier to clean up. It’s one of the best easy one-pan recipes.
  • Flavorful: The combination of Italian sausage, garlic, onions, and tomatoes creates a robust sauce that perfectly complements the cheesy tortellini.
  • Satisfying: With hearty ingredients like sausage and tortellini, this dish satisfies the whole family, like our Tuscan-style beef stew.
  • Versatile: Want to add more veggies or switch up the protein? Go for it!
  • Freezer-Friendly: The ingredients for this recipe, like ground sausage and frozen tortellini, can be stocked in your freezer for a quick and easy meal anytime.

Key Recipe Ingredients

  • Italian Sausage – The bulk Italian sausage, without casings, adds a robust, meaty flavor to this tortellini recipe.
  • Tomato-Based Pasta Sauce and Diced Tomatoes – These two ingredients combine to create a rich, tomatoey sauce that the tortellini is cooked in, soaking up all the flavors.
  • Frozen Cheese Tortellini – These little bites of cheesy goodness are the star of the dish, and they cook right in the sauce to absorb all the flavors.
  • Baby Spinach Leaves – Adding a pop of color and a boost of nutrition, the spinach leaves are torn to bite size and wilted into the sauce.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Freshly shaved or shredded, Parmesan cheese adds a salty, nutty finish to the dish.
Closeup shot of Tuscan tortellini garnished with Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped herbs.

Substitutions And Variations

Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations that we think you will love:

  • Proteins: If you’re not a fan of Italian sausage, feel free to substitute it with ground beef, chicken, or even turkey. Vegetarians could use a plant-based meat substitute or simply add more veggies for a hearty, meat-free option.
  • Cream: If you want a lighter version of this dish, try swapping the half & half creamer or heavy cream with milk. You could also use a dairy-free alternative such as almond or coconut milk for a vegan version.
  • Veggies: Not a fan of spinach? No problem. You can substitute it with other leafy greens like kale or Swiss chard. Even broccoli or zucchini would work well in this recipe.
  • Cheese: Parmesan cheese adds a wonderful flavor to this dish, but feel free to experiment with other cheeses. Mozzarella, cheddar, or even a blend of Italian cheeses would be great alternatives.
  • Herbs: While this recipe suggests using freshly chopped basil or parsley for garnish, you could also try oregano, thyme, or rosemary for a different flavor profile.
  • Sauce: Fire-roasted tomatoes with juices are a great alternative to Italian diced tomatoes, and will add a smoky flavor to the sauce, like they do in our Lentil Soup and One-Pan Chicken Fajita Pasta.

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add onion and stir. Incorporate garlic into the skillet and stir until the mixture is aromatic and tender.
  2. Add sausage in the center, breaking it up as it cooks. When half-cooked, combine it with the onion mixture and continue cooking until browned.
  1. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with their juices, broth, and half and half. Stir the mixture and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add frozen tortellini to the boiling, making sure it’s submerged. Bring the mixture back to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to simmer until the tortellini is tender.
  1. ARemove the skillet from the heat. Stir in spinach until it wilts and season the dish with freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  2. Serve the dish immediately, garnishing with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped herbs.

How To Prep Ahead

This quick and easy tortellini recipe is the perfect meal for busy weeknights, but we have some additional tips to make it even more convenient. Take a look at our best prep-ahead tips for our favorite Italian recipe:

  • Chop the Veggies: You can chop the onion and garlic ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Pre-cook the Sausage: The bulk Italian sausage can be cooked in advance. Once it’s browned, let it cool, then store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
  • Stock Up: Keep your pantry stocked with broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato-based pasta sauce. These ingredients are not only useful for this tortellini recipe, but also for other dishes. Simultaneously, have frozen tortellini and sausage stored in the freezer for when you need it.
  • Be Ready: This recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes. We recommend having all ingredients measured and ready to go before you start the process.

What To Serve With Tortellini




Commonly Asked Questions

What type of tortellini is best for this recipe?

For this Tuscan Tortellini recipe, we recommend using frozen cheese tortellini. However, if you prefer, you can use fresh cheese tortellini, but remember to lessen the cook time to prevent overcooking.

Can I use a different type of sausage?

Absolutely! While we use bulk Italian sausage in this recipe, you can substitute it with your favorite cooked sausage links, diced or sliced. The choice is yours!

What can I use if half & half creamer isn’t available?

If you can’t find half & half creamer, you can make your own by mixing equal parts of milk and heavy cream. This will give you a similar consistency and flavor.

Can I use a different type of broth?

Yes, you can. While we use chicken broth in this recipe, you can also use beef or vegetable broth. Whichever you choose, just make sure that it is full strength to maintain the robust flavors of the dish.

How can I make the sauce more creamy?

If you prefer a creamier sauce, you can add a bit more cream to the recipe. If the leftover sauce becomes too thick, add a bit more broth to loosen it up.

What can I do with the extra sauce?

This recipe creates extra sauce to guarantee that the tortellini cooks through. You can serve the extra sauce with crusty bread to soak up all that delicious flavor!

How do I adjust the recipe if I prefer less liquid?

If you’d prefer less liquid, you can use just 1 cup of pasta sauce, but be sure the tortellini has enough liquid to fully submerge/cook in.

How long does tortellini keep?

Cooked tortellini can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. To reheat, simply microwave or warm on the stove, adding a bit of broth if needed to loosen the sauce.

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Tuscan Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach

30-Minute Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach

4.82 from 322 ratings
Just 30 minutes and one skillet is all you'll need to get this delicious Tortellini Recipe on the table. Everything, including the tortellini, gets cooked up in one big pan. Busy weeknights, here we come.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Amy Dong


  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, bulk, no casings
  • 2 cups pasta sauce, tomato based
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes, Italian seasoned, with juices
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup half and half creamer, or heavy cream
  • 19 oz cheese tortellini, frozen, do not thaw
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves, excess moisture removed, 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 boil. Add frozen tortellini, stirring to submerge tortellini in the sauce. Bring back to a boil, cover, and reduce to simmer until tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Gently stir in spinach 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.


  • Always heat the olive oil over medium heat before adding the onions. 
  • When adding the garlic, make sure to stir it constantly for about 2 minutes. This will help to release its aroma and prevent it from burning.
  • When adding the tortellini, make sure it’s fully submerged in the sauce. This will ensure they cook evenly and absorb all the delicious flavors.
  • Always add the spinach last and stir it gently until it wilts. This will keep it fresh and vibrant, adding a nice color contrast to your dish.
  • Don’t skimp on the freshly ground black pepper and freshly shredded Parmesan cheese. These ingredients add a burst of flavor that really elevates the dish.
  • If you’re using fresh tortellini, reduce the cooking time to prevent overcooking. 
  • This recipe creates extra sauce to ensure the tortellini cooks through; serve with crusty bread to soak up that delicious sauce! We also love having it with some Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread or Olive Garden breadsticks.
  • If you’d prefer less liquid, you can use just 1 cup of pasta sauce, but be sure the tortellini has enough liquid to fully submerge/cook in.
  • If you prefer the sauce to be more creamy, add a bit more cream. If the leftover sauce becomes too thick, add a bit more broth to loosen it.
  • If you tried this recipe and loved it, please come back and give it a rating. We ❤️ hearing from you! 

Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1910IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American Italian, Italian
Method: Skillet, Stovetop

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Recipe Rating


    • Daniel
    • 5 stars

    Great dish, easy to make

    • Krysten Wilkes
    • 5 stars

    10/10 for this recipe. If I could rate it 10 stars I would! Packing with flavor and yet so quick to make. If you’re looking for a recipe that the family will love and that is quick and easy without compromising bold flavors this recipe is for you! Definitely a fan favorite in my home now. Didn’t even have left overs!

      • Amy Dong

      Aww, thank you so much, Krysten!

    • Giangi Townsend
    • 5 stars

    We could not get enough of this beautiful and savory Tuscan tortellini. After a long day, having a quick meal to prepare is a gift, and your dish was perfect for that.

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, that’s awesome, Giangi!

    • Hilary
    • 5 stars

    Very good, will be adding this to our meal rotation, thank you for sharing.

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