March 18, 2013

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

So excited to share a new quick and easy dinner recipe that we love. This Cheesy Sausage Tortellini is creamy, cheesy, pure comfort food. It’s one of our favs! If you follow me on Instagram, you got a sneak peek of this new recipe a few weeks ago. :) You only need one skillet, and you can whip this up in less than 30 minutes. A perfect weeknight meal that everyone will love! :)

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Here’s all you’ll need to make Cheesy Sausage Tortellini. Just seven ingredients here!

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Start by coating the bottom of a 12-inch skillet or large dutch oven with a thin layer of olive oil, and heat over medium-high heat until it just starts to smoke.

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Add the sliced sausage and arrange in a single layer. You can use any kind of smoked sausage for this recipe (turkey, chicken, pork, etc). We love Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage. (Not a paid advertisement!) I honestly cannot tell the difference between this and full-fat smoked or andouille sausage in a side by side taste test. It is that good. And it is HALF the fat and calories of regular smoked sausage!

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Cook until the sausages are well browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Sorry, I was playing on my phone and not paying attention. Mine got a little crispy! Don’t worry, they’re still good. :) This smoked sausage is very forgiving. :)

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Next add a couple of cloves of minced garlic.

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

And stir around for about 30 seconds until golden and fragrant.

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Then add three-fourths of a cup of chicken broth…

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

One 8-oz can of tomato sauce or one cup of your favorite spaghetti sauce

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

And a half cup of regular or heavy cream. Feel free to substitute fat-free half and half here as well. It’ll still taste good, it just won’t be quite as creamy. :)

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Next add your perfect little cheesy tortellinis :)

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

And season with salt and pepper to taste. I love using my Trudeau Graviti Salt and Pepper Mills when I’m cooking and for EVERYTHING! :) Have you seen these? They are so cool! All you do is turn it upside down and it automatically grinds fresh pepper and sea salt for you. No cranking or turning yourself! I would seriously never use freshly ground pepper without this thing. This pepper mill ranked #1 on my Five Kitchen Essentials Under $25 list. And how cute is this gift set with two grinders and gourmet salt and pepper?? I just stumbled upon this on Amazon and I had to share it with you guys. If you have a foodie in your life this would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook for their family! :) It includes the stainless steel salt and pepper grinders plus a cute little package of gourmet Brazilian sea salt and fresh Telicherry peppercorns. So fun! I love it. Pin this for Christmas gifts. :)

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Now stir everything up and let your tortellinis soak up this luscious tomato sauce :)

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Bring to a simmer, then cover and turn heat to low and cook for 12 minutes until tortellini are plump and tender.

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Look how much our tortellinis have grown! They got huge! :)

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

Now serve this up on a plate or a wide soup bowl.

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Recipe. SO GOOD! One dish, and done in 30 mins or less. www.kevinandamanda.com

I want to plant my face in this creamy, cheesy deliciousness. This sausage adds a really nice smokiness to this dish. Dinner perfection. :)

 

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini


2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked turkey sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce (or your favorite spaghetti sauce)
1/2 cup regular or heavy cream
9 oz tortellini
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just starting to smoke. Add sausage and cook until well browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Add garlic and stir until golden and fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add broth, tomato sauce, cream, tortellini, and salt and pepper and stir to combine until simmering and bubbly.

3. Cover and simmer over low heat for 12 minutes until tortellini are tender and heated through. Enjoy!! :)

Makes 4 servings. Click here Nutritional Information.



Make for: Dinner / Main Dish
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Winnie March 18, 2013 at 4:06 am

This looks so delicious! I love smoked sausage and tortellini, so this looks like a must try. I haven’t tried turkey sausage, but will look into it the next time I go shopping as a little less fat can’t hurt me. Those mills look intriguing! I will check them out! Thank you!

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Billie March 18, 2013 at 4:11 am

That looks fantastic. I love the turkey smoked sausage, too. Today was the first time I noticed the link to caloriecount.com for the nutritionals. Thank you so much for including that! It’s a huge help.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 18, 2013 at 4:38 am

This would be my husband’s dream dinner! Beautiful photos, Amanda! :)

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Southern Gal March 18, 2013 at 6:19 am

So easy and yummy looking. I will definitely give this one a try.

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 18, 2013 at 7:12 am

Oh my gravy that looks delicious! I want to face plant into that…um, once it cools down of course or that could be bad. I haven’t had sausage like that in so long, I think I need to pick some up!

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Traci March 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

I love this recipe. It looks so simple and easy. This is the perfect weeknight meal and I’ll have to try it since I’ve got some sausage in the fridge!

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Jen @ Savory Simple March 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

This sounds wonderful and the photos are making my hungry!

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes March 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

Love how the tortellini soaks up the great sauce!

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Tieghan March 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

This looks so good! I really want to make this today since it is a blizzard out!

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Brianna March 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

Yum! Smoked turkey sausage? This sounds delish! …and I love the simple ingredient list. I’ll call this next weeks’ Monday night dinner. :)

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough March 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

This is JUST what I need for a snowy Monday — so much tastiness and comfort, right here!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks March 18, 2013 at 9:07 am

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees. I can’t wait for you to invite me over so we can stick our heads in this.

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Becky March 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

You have a great blog. I like the fact that you’re recipes are not complicated and I have most ingredients on hand. Also your travel entries are great too.

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Cookbook Queen March 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

This is totally going on my meal plan for next week!! Yummmmmm!!!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

We love cheesy tortellini dishes! Pinned!

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Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian March 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

Wow! This looks insanely delicious. I love quick and easy. This dish certainly fits the bill!

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Gloria @ Simply Gloria March 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

Oh my! Amanda, this looks very decadent! All my favorite ingredients, too! (=

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Leslie March 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

Looks delicious! I wonder if a few handfuls of spinach tossed in to wilt at the very end might be a fun addition? Trying it tonight!

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Annie @ Annie's Noms March 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

Oh my word, this looks mouth watering!! Think I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow!! :)

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Janette March 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I know what I’m having for my birthday dinner tonight! Looks DELISH!

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Paul March 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Looks good Amanda….but can you help me by telling me how to get this sauce to thicken up? You have a similar recipe which I enjoy but the sauce never gets thick enough for me. Thanks Paula

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Amanda March 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Just use less broth :) I would try it with the 3/4 cup list here first. I reduced the amount of broth down from 1 cup from my similar recipe, and the addition of tomato sauce here makes this a thicker sauce. Keep in mind that if you use a reduced fat cream (like half and half) the sauce will not be quite as thick, so if you wanted to do that you could try it with less broth to compensate. Hope this helps! :)

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife March 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

ooo tortellini! One of our favorites! I’ve never added sausage to it though. I’ll have to try that next time!

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Kelly March 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Now this is my kind of weeknight meal! Looks delicious! :)

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes March 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Love the simple ingredients in this! I have a supply of tortellini in my freezer ready to be used in this recipe :)

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kathie March 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

so glad i found this post, almost time to start making dinner here, i so wish i was making this tonight….and thanks for posting the photos also! :)

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Hannah W. March 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Hi There! This looks delicious and I really want to make it! I am having trouble finding the nutritional information though. When I click on the calorie count link, it just takes me to their home page. Advice?! Thanks!

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Amanda March 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Hi Hannah! I just found out that Calorie Count changed their site. Now you have create an account and login to see the nutritional information. :( I am looking to change to a new site so you won’t have to login, but for now you could create an account and login if you wanted to see the nutritional information. Calorie Count is a great site anyway! :) You’ll be surprised at how reasonable this dinner is, less than 500 calories per serving. :)

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heather March 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

We had this for dinner tonight and totally loved it…my husband, the kids, everybody! Thanks for sharing this easy, but super delicious recipe! :)

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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen March 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

My absolute favorite pasta sauce is a rosa/pink and this looks right up my alley! I love tortellini as well, I mean who doesn’t love more cheese in their life!

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Lindsey March 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

Girl, your pictures “wake my eyes up” they are so vibrant and just beautiful :) Totally going to have to try this recipe, looks delicious!

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Amanda March 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

Aww! :) Sweetest comment ever!! :)

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Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I should NOT be looking at this so close to lunch. My stomach just grumbled and now I definitely won’t be satisfied with the salad I brought to work :P

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Kate March 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

If using frozen tortellini, do I cook it first or add it to this sauce frozen?

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Karen March 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I added it to the sauce frozen. I just let it simmer a few minutes longer and it was delicious!

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Karen March 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I made this tonight for dinner. It was delicious!!!!! My hubby and daughters loved it too. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. Yum, yum, yum.

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Mary March 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Made this yesterday for my husband to take to work. He normally isn’t a fan of my Italian cuisine inspired recipes, but he loved this! Definitely going to keep this recipe around as one of my monthly indulgences :)

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Michelle March 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I made this last night for dinner. It was a BIG hit!! This will definitely be on the regular schedule. Thanks for sharing.

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Lynne March 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I finally made this and it is a real winner – everyone loved it! I used frozen tortellini & half&half. Also used regular sausage cause my husband won’t eat turkey sausage. YUM!!

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Sherry March 27, 2013 at 8:08 am

I made this dish last week and I am SO ready to make it again! The only change I made was I added diced red peppers & onions to the turkey sausage. The dish was quick and delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe. It is a keeper!!!! Sincerely, Sherry

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nicole @ our three reasons March 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

this was sooo so so good! can’t wait to make it again! :)

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Pam April 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Just curious….why do you call this Cheesy Tortellini? There doesn’t seem to be cheese in it at all. ??? Maybe you meant Creamy Tortellini? :)

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Amanda April 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

The cheese is in the tortellini ;)

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Polaris April 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I made this last night with the intention to take leftovers to work this weekend. The dish only survived for 8 hours in my house! I did buy duplicates of all of the ingredients so that I’m able to make the dish again with leftovers… Very unique recipe – thanks for sharing!

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Karen G. April 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I really love these types of dinners, and this one in particular. Definitely will be repeated in my house!

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severiana April 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Made this and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!! I am 5 months pregnant and boy did it hit the spot!!!!!

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Alexa April 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

This might be my new favorite weeknight meal! SO easy to make… love that I only have to dirty one pan. I used chicken sausage for mine and it came out delicious! I was so upset I didn’t have leftovers the next day, I wound up making it for dinner again that night. :)

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Tyler May 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

I’m trying to find the nutritional info for this but cannot find it on Calorie Count but cannot. I did create an account and everything. Do you know if they’re still up there?
Thanks!

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Aggie May 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Oh I wish I was having this for dinner tonight!! Looks delicious, and so easy to make.

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Stacy June 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Oh man!! We had this for dinner tonight. It is super yummy!! We had some bread sticks and salad along with it. Just the perfect meal!! Everyone loved it!! Super quick and easy too!!

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Carrington June 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I came across this website randomly looking for a tortellini recipe and found this. SO good, my boyfriend loved it and wants me to make it again and again. MMM thank you!! :)

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Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke June 10, 2013 at 12:24 am

Just pinned, this looks so delicious!!

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Jessica August 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Subbed tortellini with frozen ravioli and turned out great!

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Blossom August 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm

My husband loved this. The only thing I did extra was add a cup of shredded cheese just to thicken the sauce a bit. Huge hit!!! Thank you for the recipe.

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Michelle October 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

How would this turn out using whole milk, or 2% milk instead of the cream? Would it work, but just be thinner? And in that case, would reducing the chicken broth work?

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Ang October 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

All I have in my cupboard is shell pasta, no tortellini… would that be alright to use? I

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Kim October 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

YUM!!! Just made this tonight but I didn’t have sausage so I just used some ground beef that I had thawed. Very good! I can only imagine that the sausage can make this even yummier! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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KARIN October 31, 2013 at 8:27 am

This was delicious. Like a homemade ravioli dish. I didn’t have heavy cream, so I used 1/3 softened butter, and 2/3 milk and whipped it. I loved the sauce. Not too tomato-ee, creamy and just right! Thank you for posting the recipe.

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Erica November 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I made this for dinner tonight. I like tortellini, and both of my kids like it to, but my husband is not a big fan of tortellini (I know, weird, right?!) :) I looked for the turkey sausage you recommended, but the lady in the meat dept. at WalMart said they don’t have any, but they will closer to Thanksgiving. So I just used regular smoked sausage. The only other changes I made were using Hunts traditional pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce, and I added some oregano.
My husband was going nuts while I was frying the sausage…it smelled so good! When it was ready, he said “I’ve never been so excited to eat tortellini!” And he loved it! And the kids loved it too! It’s easy to make, and it’s good! This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you!!

Oh, by the way….where you have the recipe written out, on #2 it says “add both…” but I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to say “broth”. Is there a button somewhere for a printable version of your recipes? I couldn’t find one.

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Amanda November 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Oops! Thank you so much for letting me know Erica! :) There is a Print Recipe button right above where it says “You may also like…” in a handwritten font. Hope this helps! :)

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pam November 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Thanks so much for the recipe. I’m not usually one to leave comments but I just wanted to let you know that this has become a family favorite! I’ve made this twice in the past week! I added some cajun seasoning and garlic powder and BAM.. perfection! =)

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Nanette November 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I made this last night it was wonderful, made it while visiting friends we all enjoyed it. As Guy Fieri says “I’d eat that on a flip flop” I will be making it again and following your blog for more great recipes!! Found this on Pinterest.

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katie December 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

OMG!!!!! My family LOVED it!!!! My husband has never given so many compliments for supper before. My 2 year old daughter said “mmmmm nummy.’ Loved it

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Olga December 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I made this and it was absolutelyyyyyyy delicious. i just started a blog and if you don’t mind, i would love to post this on my blog. i will use the pictures that i took myself and credit you for the recipe. i will even send you a link when i’m done :-)

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Memrie Ramos April 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Hi!! I just bought all the ingredients to make this. But I got frozen tortellini’s. Do you think it’ll make a difference? & how do I have to defrost them before putting them in?

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Amanda April 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Hi Memrie! I use frozen tortellini all the time! You can just dump it right in. No need to defrost. Hope this helps!! :)

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Adam Ashing May 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Just made this meal. Very tasty! It was so watery when I first started, but ended up thickening and leaving a super creamy taste. Definitely will make again.

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Kyle June 3, 2014 at 6:11 am

This is a great winter warmer, always best the next day after being left in the fridge!

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JB August 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm

I found this recipe on through Google and just made it tonight. I did however make a few alterations.
I didn’t have any heavy cream so I used evaporated milk instead. I also used Italian chicken sausage and also added granulated onion, granulated garlic, Italian seasoning, and some cayenne pepper (for an extra kick). Tastes amazing! Will definitely make this again!

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Teri August 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Okay, I know I’m one of the few, but I don’t care for sausage of any kind. Is there any substitute I could use? Ground beef? Diced chicken?

Thanks, and your pictures really are amazing. It looks as if I’m looking at the real thing!

Teri

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Amanda August 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

Hi Teri!

Absolutely! I have made it with both ground beef and diced chicken and it is delicious both ways. Enjoy! :)

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Mendy September 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Made this tonight with coconut cream (product from Trader Joe’s) to reduce the amount of dairy and that turned out well. I didn’t know you don’t have to precook frozen tortellini, so that’s a step I’ll be leaving out next time!

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Caitlyn Burgin October 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

This is an amazing recipe and I loved it when I made it! I was wondering is it possible to substitute the tomato sauce for a cup of alfredo sauce? Would I get the same results for a thick sauce?

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Amanda October 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Hi Caitlyn,

I would probably add the alfredo sauce at the end, after the tortellini has finished cooking. Stir in the alfredo sauce and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until heated through. Good luck! :)

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Mitzi October 17, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Do you have to cook the tortellini first before putting it to simmer? Or just dump it all in??
Thanks!

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Amanda October 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Hi Mitzi!

You do not have to pre-cook the tortellini. :)

Hope this helps!!

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Jenn October 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I’ve doubled the recipe and have made it a million times. (it’s one of our all time favs!) I add chorizo in addition to the sausage, and it’s amazing!! I got home from the grocery store and realized I bought ravioli by accident!! Any chance the consistency and taste would remain the same? Thanks so much for posting!

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Amanda October 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Yes, I’m sure it will be fine!! :) So glad you enjoy!! :)

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