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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

4.70 from 119 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

Ingredients  

  • 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
  • ½ cup of half & half, 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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

Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.8g | Protein: 18.2g | Fat: 18.9g | Saturated Fat: 6.5g | Cholesterol: 55.3mg | Sodium: 1009mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 8.5g
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Method: Stovetop

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100 comments

    • Stephanie
    • 5 stars

    This is a family favorite. It’s now our go-to meal when we sign up for a meal train. Everyone loves it! Occasionally we switch out the type of pasta, but it’s always delicious!

    • Timber
    • 5 stars

    My better half and I cooked it together. We added mushrooms and red bell peppers…. It was so delicious. We had left overs for days… But it’s only we two . It made a lot. This has definitely become a favorite. I bookmarked it so I can find it again. If I could post a pic I would… It was so good. Thank you!

      • Amy Dong

      That’s awesome – so glad you guys love this dish!

    • Michelle
    • 5 stars

    I really enjoyed this! I rarely come back to recipes but this one was just so easy and delicious, I will be repeating it. I did only use 1 cup of broth as I saw some comments saying it was too thin/watery, and I thought it came out perfectly with 1 cup instead of 2.

    • Kris H.
    • 5 stars

    We really enjoyed this dish. And so easy to make. I will definitely make it again.

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, so happy you guys liked it!

    • sandra

    sauce too thin in tortellini I think to much broth 2 cups is to much

    • Missy Ribaudo

    Phenomenal Recipe. Thank you!

    • Joe
    • 5 stars

    Superb! Has become a weekly request in our house! Made to recipe but add in mushrooms and sometimes use sundried tomatoes!

      • chewoutloud

      Sundried tomatoes are amazing as well!

    • Carrie
    • 5 stars

    I’ve made this recipe at least 10 times. My entire family loves it! Can I make it ahead of time and freeze it? I haven’t tried that yet, so I’m wondering…

      • Jer

      I’d suggest making it without the tortellini and either adding it before freezing or when you go to reheat it. I’ve frozen a recipe with cooked tortellini before and it was a little mushy, although still tasty.

    • Sharon
    • 4 stars

    I just made this tonight. I cut the recipe in half since I am 1 of 1 haha. I omitted the sausage. It was really easy and really tasty- sometimes the two don’t go hand in hand. I will definitely be making this again. I might make a roux to add to it as I found the sauce a bit thin. Thank you for sharing!

    • Debbie
    • 5 stars

    This was absolutely delicious! I added some Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Easy, scrumptious and great recipe for the cooler nights. Bravo!

    • Trish
    • 5 stars

    Was looking for a weeknight meal that is fast but delicious and this definitely fits the bill! My family loves it (as do I), and I love that I can do it after work/daycare pickups without the weeknight “recipe regret” I sometimes get when I get started too late or the recipe takes too long . Made as written and we love it-very filling, flavorful, and easy. Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome, Trish!

    • Jojo
    • 5 stars

    Such an easy recipe! Threw it together last minute and everyone LOVED it!

      • chewoutloud

      Amaazing, Jojo!

        • Judy
        • 5 stars

        Love, Love this recipe. I have made it several times!

          • chewoutloud

          Yay, Judy! Thanks for letting us know!

    • Erin

    My family loves this meal!

    • Ron Seitz
    • 5 stars

    Turned out great, now going in weeknight rotation! Used our homemade tortellini (spent summer 2019 in Bologna, Italy) and used baby bok choy in lieu of spinach. Also had a sausage sauce we had made a few nights ago and in freezer. It came together very quickly since I defrosted in fridge all day. Note: we are not big Kale/spinach fans and use baby bok choy all the time in our cooking when greens are called for. Thanks for the recipe and we will try others in the future. BTW we are now living in Mexico and our produce is the best that we buy direct from the local farmers at markets.

      • chewoutloud

      Love the bok choy idea, Ron! I believe it about the produce, such great warm climate!

    • Doni
    • 5 stars

    Absolutely LOVED this. I did a mixture of hot and mild sausage – perfect combo. Super easy to make and the leftovers got all gobbled up as well!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Doni!

    • Erica
    • 5 stars

    This is a go-to recipe for my family! We have passed it along to others and everyone always RAVES about it!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, makes me so happy, Erica!

    • Marcellina
    • 5 stars

    Don’t we all need quick dinners midweek! Looking forward to trying this recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Marcellina!

        • Kenneth Odorizzi
        • 5 stars

        Great job with this recipe. I used it almost exactly as given and it was delicious

    • Andrea
    • 5 stars

    Did this for dinner. Absolutely delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you you guys liked this! 🙂

        • Melissa

        Did this recipe change? We used to make this recipe a lot and then all of the sudden last year it seems as if the ingredients and quantity of ingredients changed. I tried the recipe as currently is and it tasted way off.

          • chewoutloud

          Melissa, feel free to email me the issues you encountered, and I can try to troubleshoot!

    • John

    Chew out load, as in with your mouth open?
    What a vulgar mental image.

      • chewoutloud

      Sorry, John 🙂 It’s more a play on words, referring to talking/chatting about food. 🙂

      • Ashley

      John,
      If you can’t say anything nice DON’T say anything at all. Your comment is rude.

    • Lorilyn
    • 5 stars

    Excellent recipe! I had yellow squash, zucchini, spinach and a green pepper to use up. I used fresh chicken and garlic tortellini, regular flavor jimmy Dean sausage, a jar of Classico garlic pasta sauce and a can of rotel tomatoes. I omitted the cream because of the dairy and just used a little extra broth. I sprinkled only my bowl with some grated Asiago cheese. This recipe came together very quickly, was ready in no time and everyone loved it! Thank you for sharing your recipe. We will be making it again.

      • chewoutloud

      So so happy you loved this, Lorilyn! Yay! 🙂

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