I absolutely love one skillet cooking — makes for easy clean-up. Yes, I am lazy . . . but I prefer to think of it as smart.


Italian Sausage Tortellini Recipe

This recipe makes 4 servings . . . so double the recipe for a larger group . . . or just play it by ear as I do . . .

You’re going to need:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 cups of diced onions
  • 1 lb of Italian sausage — I go for the mild, but you know your family’s taste preference
  • 2 or 3 minced cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup regular or heavy cream
  • 9 ounces of fresh or frozen tortellini
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, loosely packed

Now, let’s put this recipe together in a 12-inch skillet — or larger if you’re making more or just like using a larger skillet.

  1. Begin by heating the olive oil in your skillet over medium heat. When it gets hot, add the diced onions.
  2. The problem with Italian sausage is removing the casing . . . so slice it and squeeze it out of the casing. You’re going to squeeze out your sausage right into the pan over the onions.
  3. Break up the sausage into bite-sized pieces. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally until the sausage is browned.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic and stir until the aroma makes you swoon — that’s about half a minute.
  5. Add the broth, tomatoes, cream and tortellini to the skillet. Stir to combine. Increase the heat and bring it to a boil.
  6. Cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the tortellini is tender and heated through. 
  7. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add the fresh spinach and stir until softened and wilted.
  9. Remove from heat and serve.

Now, that wasn’t so difficult. And, now you have a delicious meal your whole family with love and you won’t be spending much time in the kitchen cleaning up.

You can use whatever pasta you like or use hamburger instead of the Italian sausage or whatever meat you want to use or no meat if you prefer . . . maybe add vegetables and you’ll have a great little feast your family will enjoy.

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