Perfect for Meatless Monday or any day of the week, this deliciously easy dinner can be made this with meat or meatless sausage. Skillet Tortellini with Sausage is one versatile meal. Everything cooks together in vegetable broth, making this a satisfying one-pot pasta dish.
Let’s face it, life can be busy. We’re all trying to balance work and family, and sometimes the last thing we want to do at the end of a long day is spend hours in the kitchen prepping and cooking dinner. That’s why one pot dinners are so great!
With just one pot and a few ingredients, you can have a delicious meal ready with minimal effort. When you make Skillet Tortellini with Sausage, everything cooks together in one pot making it even more delicious. And when it comes to the sausage, you can make it with meat or meatless varieties.
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There are so many reasons to love this dish – it’s ready in under 20 minutes, it can be made vegetarian or with meat, and it’s made with only 5 ingredients. But, when you realize how easy it is to make and how absolutely tasty it is, well then there are even more reasons to love this one pot pasta dish.
An Easy One Pot Meal Pasta Recipe
One pot meals are seriously the best, and they may be one of the easiest meals that you ever make. We’ve been making one pot pasta dinners for a long time – from Easy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese to One Pot Hamburger Helper and even Easy One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs – you can’t go wrong with a delicious pasta dish that cooks in one pot.
And if you haven’t tried one pot pasta dinners before, you should definitely try it. If you’re not already convinced, here are three of my favorite reasons that you should give one pot dinners a try:
Easy to Prepare
The set-up is simple, super simple. You don’t need to be an experienced cook to make a great one pot meal. All you need to do is choose your favorite ingredients—meat, sauce, veggies, and noodles—and throw them into the pot.
Once everything is in there, you add some liquid—like vegetable broth—and let it simmer together. When it’s all cooked, Voila! Dinner is done. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
One of the best things about one pot meals is that all of your ingredients cook together so everything gets even tastier as it simmers away on your stovetop.
You can easily customize it suit you and your family’s preferences. So, if you love spicy food, try adding some diced jalapeños or red pepper flakes. Or, if you prefer something milder, opt for adding some herbs like rosemary or thyme instead.
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No matter what kind of flavors you like most, there’s sure to be a one-pot meal out there that will hit all your taste buds!
Clean-up Is A Breeze
Not only are these recipes easy to make, but they’re also incredibly easy to clean up afterwards. Since all of the ingredients cook together in one pot, there aren’t any extra dishes to wash afterwards.
And if there are leftovers? Just put them in an airtight container and store it away for later – no extra dishes required!
One pot dinners really are the perfect meals for busy families who still want something delicious for dinner but don’t have hours to spend prepping and cooking in the kitchen every night.
They’re quick and easy to make with minimal cleanup afterwards – plus they taste great too!
So next time you’re looking for an easy dinner recipe that won’t break your budget (or take up all your time), think about giving one-pot meals a try – your taste buds (and wallet) will thank you later!
Ingredients for Skillet Tortellini with Sausage
With only five ingredients, this delicious stovetop pasta can be made with your favorite meat or meatless sausage and it’s ready in only 20 minutes or less. Let’s get started!
- Vegetable broth – infuses the dish with a light flavor of herbs and spices. Plus, since the noodles are cooking in one pot with all of the ingredients, the broth acts as the water so the noodles can fully cook.
- Italian sausage – add so much flavor to the dish. If you like a little spice in your pasta, you can choose a spicy sauce. Or, if you prefer a milder dish, you can choose a sausage without any heat. Plus, if you’re in the mood for a Meatless Monday meal, you can make this dish vegetarian with meatless sausage. Skillet Tortellini with Sausage is delicious any way you prepare it.
- Cheese tortellini – is perfect for one pot meals. The noodles are already fresh, so they hardly need to be cooked. And they are filled with cheese, which is always delicious. Cheese and pasta are a perfect combination. And if you can find the tri-color pasta, your dish is even more colorful. And food just tastes better when it’s filled with color. Right!
- Garlic – fresh garlic adds so much flavor to this dish.
- Cherry tomatoes – give the pasta dish a bit of a tomato sauce flavor, but with these fresh and tasty little bursts of tomatoes. They are so perfectly tasty. Each bite is truly delicious.
How to Make Skillet Tortellini with Sausage
When everything cooks in one pot, you have a dish that’s full of flavor and oh so easy to make. And this five ingredients dish is made in only four steps. So, let’s begin!
Step 1: Cook the Sausage
Whether you are using a meat or meatless sausage, you’ll want to cook it until it’s fully cooked.
If you are using a meat sausage, you’ll want to make sure that it is no longer pink. And if you are using a meatless one, follow the directions on the package.
Step 2: Add Garlic
Garlic adds so much flavor. Without taking over the flavor of the dish, of course.
To get the best possible, almost sweet flavor from the garlic, cook it for one minute or until it becomes fragrant.
Step 3: Add Veggie Broth and Noodles
This is when the dish really comes together. The vegetable broth adds flavor to the dish and it gives the noodles a water like sauce to cook in.
Raise the heat to high and let the noodles cook. As the noodles cook in the broth with the garlic and the sausage, the flavors combine creating such a tasty pasta. Honestly, it’s so good, you’ll want to eat it again and again.
While it’s all cooking together, stir the noodles. This will help prevent anything from sticking to the bottom and help it cook more evenly. Cook until the pasta is tender.
Step 4: Add Tomatoes
For your final step, reduce the heat to medium and add the tomatoes. The tomatoes help to bring the whole pasta flavors together. It also adds that classic tomato taste, with a subtle sweetness, that’s perfect for the cheese filled noodles, and sausage.
With only 5 ingredients, this meal has such a tasty mix of flavors, making one delicious dish. And now all that’s left is everyone’s favorite part – eating!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER Pasta
If you have any leftovers, Skillet Tortellini with Sausage can be stored in the fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 5 days. But this meal rarely makes it to the fridge.
You can reheat your leftovers in a pan on the stovetop over medium-low heat. You’ll want to cook it until it is warm and heat through. If the noodles are stuck together, you can also add a little bit more vegetable broth, which also helps it taste fresher when you eat. You can also reheat any leftovers in the microwave.
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Skillet Tortellini with Sausage
Make this with meat or meatless sausage, Skillet Tortellini with Sausage is one versatile meal. Everything cooks together in vegetable broth, making this a satisfying one-pot pasta dish.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 pound Italian sausage with casings removed and chopped or meatless sausage, chopped
- 2 (8 ounce) packages of cheese tortellini
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (6 ounce) package of cherry tomatoes, halved
- In a large pan over medium heat, add cooking spray and cook sausage, for 4 to 5 minutes, until it is brown and no longer pink.
- Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
- Add vegetable broth and tortellini. Raise heat to high and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until pasta is tender.
- Reduce heat to medium. Stir in tomatoes. Cook for 2 minutes, until tomatoes soften.
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL TOPPINGS: serve with parmesan cheese.
- Serving Size: 1/4 meal
- Calories: 762.38kcal
- Sugar: 3.53g
- Sodium: 2002.12mg
- Fat: 43.99g
- Saturated Fat: 16.94g
- Unsaturated Fat: 18.63g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 58.42g
- Fiber: 2.7g
- Protein: 32.51g
- Cholesterol: 133.81mg
Keywords: one pot meal, Italian inspired recipe, quick and easy weeknight dinner, easy entertaining dinner,
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