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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.
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Tuscan Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach

30-Minute Skillet Tuscan Tortellini

5 from 32 reviews

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

Yield: 6

Ingredients

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  • 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
  • 1 (14oz) can Italian diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 19 oz frozen cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups baby spinach, torn to bite size
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly shaved/shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Notes

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 half & half. 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 ♡

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 464
  • Sugar: 8.5 g
  • Sodium: 1009 mg
  • Fat: 18.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.8 g
  • Protein: 18.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 55.3 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: main dish, dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: easy tortellini recipe, cheese tortellini

Here are a few other 30-minutes or less meals your family will love:

  1. 30-Minute Lemon Basil Chicken Linguine. Nothing yummier than lemon, basil, and chicken…all in one pan, under 30 minutes.
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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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4. 20-Minute One Pan Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach. Creamy meal in one. The family adores this dish!

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83 comments

    • BM

    This recipe is my GO TO recipe for when we have guests over! My entire family loves it too. Always make it with garlic bread. I double the veggies and dump the entire jar of pasta sauce since we all like it with a lot of sauce.

      • chewoutloud

      That’s fantastic! 🙂

    • Keoska

    I’m gluten free and found fresh gluten free tortellini and had NO IDEA what to do with it, but I was so excited. I had everything required laying around and before I even took a bite, I knew this recipe was going to be fantastic! I didn’t measure anything, but I never do. I will be making this again and again! Thank you!

    • Mia

    Easy to make and was so yummy! I followed the instructions as directed but did not add as much parmesan. Just a difference in preference but it turned out so great!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Mia!

    • Nicole Bonsignore

    Tried this as a last minute meals since I had all the ingredients in the house. It was soooo good. Thank you for sharing!!!

      • chewoutloud

      So great that your household enjoyed this dish, Nicole! 🙂 🙂

    • Weezer

    Delicious! I used Italian Turkey sausage and crushed tomatoes, adding basil and Italian seasoning in lieu of prepared sauce. To use up the 1/2. Bag of frozen spinach I thawed it, slightly warmed it in the microwave and it worked beautifully!
    My daughter won’t eat pork sausage or jarred pasta sauce and loved this. It took very little extra time to use the crushed tomatoes. Wonderful! Thank you!

    • Sharon

    Very Yummy! I can’t have a lot of dairy so I added more tomato sauce and broth for more liquid. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shayla

    We have been making this for a couple of years now and it’s one of my family’s favorites!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy to hear that, Shayla!

    • Reiney

    Super delicious. I throw in a little Mrs Dash Italian while everything’s simmering, just because we like the extra flavor, but this dish is really delicious!

    • Liz

    5 stars

    • Rose

    Totally enjoyed this recipe! Will definitely make again.

    • Jenna

    This was so good! I get weary of trying new recipes but OMG this was amazing

    • BoyleFam

    Wonderful! We are half vegetarians around here, so I browned the sausage separately and mixed in with half the pasta mixture right before serving…it was still amazing. A new family staple for sure. Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome, and great idea 🙂

    • Liz

    Whole family loved it!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Liz!

    • Michelle

    Can I use ground beef instead of sausage? Not a huge sausage fan

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, Michelle, that would work nicely! Enjoy and hope you love it 🙂

        • Heather

        I just made this for dinner. It was delicious! My husband had three helpings and said it was a homerun meal. Thanks for the recipe!!

          • chewoutloud

          Heather, that’s awesome! So happy you guys liked this dish. Thanks for being here today 🙂

      • Alyssa

      This was awesome! My husband reminded me over and over again to make sure I wrote it down in our personal favorites recipe book! Definitely a keeper! And the fact that it was sooo easy and quick to make made it even better!

        • chewoutloud

        Awww, that is so fantastic, Alyssa 🙂 🙂 🙂 So happy to hear you and hubby loved this dish! Thanks for letting us know 🙂

    • Portia

    Just made this I am eating it as I write this. Absollutely delicious!!! I added a fresh jalapeno & cremini mushrooms I wanted to use them up. Makes a huge pan full. Lots of left overs. YAY! 5 stars for sure. Thanks for a great recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Portia! SO happy to hear you guys really liked this. Thanks for coming over and have a great remaining summer 🙂

    • Hailey Kim

    Made this dish today for dinner and it turned out to be good and delicious! Even my children approved it .

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, so happy to hear it, Hailey!! Happy rest-of-summer 🙂

    • Samantha

    Hi this looks amazing! Is there anyway regular pasta can be used to make this, instead of frozen tortellini? Thanks so much!

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      • chewoutloud

      Yes, you can definitely try regular pasta. Enjoy and happy fall!

        • Beatrice

        How do know how much fresh baby spinach to buy for your Tuscan Tortellini recipe? I have not cooked with fresh spinach before and was not knowing if it is measured from fresh or not? Thank you Beatrice

          • chewoutloud

          Sorry for the late reply, Beatrice; I just use fresh spinach and measure roughly while fresh (leaves only) – it’s pretty forgiving, so your spinach doesn’t have to be too precise. Enjoy! 🙂

    • April

    This was absolutely delicious, thank you!! Definitely going into my recipe book.

      • chewoutloud

      Sure, April! So glad you guys liked it 🙂

    • Heather

    Is there anything that can be used other than half and half? We never use it for anything, so I’m worried about having to buy a carton of it just for one recipe. Please let me know, would love to try this!

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, Heather, you can sub it with heavy cream with good results. Otherwise, whole milk can be used, but it will on the less-creamy side. Hope that helps! Thanks for coming over to COL today! 🙂

      • Crystal

      I used a single serving plain Greek yogurt with great results.

    • Marla

    This looks wonderful!

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