Monday, April 30, 2012

Tortellini with Italian Sausage & Spinach

This meal is simple from start to finish, yet it tastes quite gourmet! 

With such few ingredients {tortellini, sausage, bell peppers, mushrooms, and spinach}, my husband and I were pleasantly surprised by the taste!

Tortellini with Italian Sausage & Spinach – Adapted from Dinner with Julie


  • 1 lb. of fresh 3-cheese tortellini {whole wheat, if you can find it!}
  • 3 mild Italian turkey sausages, sliced into rounds
  • 2 C fresh, sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • ~3 large handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 C chicken stock
  • 1/4 – 1/2 C half and half
  • 1/4 C Parmesan cheese


Begin by browning the Italian turkey sausage.  We used ground in our recipe – I browned the entire pound and then used half in our recipe.  You can use ground or links – either works.  If you do ground, leave the meat in larger chunks for this dish!

Add in the 2 C baby bella mushrooms (sliced), medium red bell pepper and minced garlic (we used dried minced garlic here).  Saute for 2-3 minutes until mushrooms begin to release their liquid. 

Meanwhile, add tortellini to a pot of boiling water.  Cook according to package directions. 

When the mushrooms are releasing their water, add in 3/4 C chicken broth/stock to the pan.  Scrape along the bottom of the pan to get the good browned pieces up and add flavor to the dish. 

Simmer for 5ish minutes until veggies are tender.  Than, add spinach. 

Stir in the spinach until it’s wilted. 

Drain the tortellini and add the pasta to the dish. 

Add in 1/4 C whipping cream or half and half, warming the dish while stirring. 

Top with Parmesan cheese and stir to melt the cheese. 

Serve warm!

Leftovers reheat nicely too – this makes a great lunch for day #2!


  1. This looks delicious! Can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks!! It's one of those 30-minute meals that tastes like you spent hours preparing it :)

  2. YUM! I'm "pinning" this one - we LOVE tortellini at our place!

  3. I love when a few simple ingredients come together to make something so surprisingly delicious! This is my kind of one-dish pasta with lots of veggies and meat all combined in one.

  4. We had this tonight, and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe!


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