Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet

This Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet is a quick and delicious meal that cooks all in one pan using just five ingredients. It’s an easy weeknight meal that you’re entire family will be begging you to make over and over again!

We love Italian Sausage recipes because they pack a to of flavor into a single meal, like Spicy Italian Sausage DipTortellini Soup or Italian Sausage Meatballs. This Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet is no exception!

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ITALIAN SAUSAGE & TORTELLINI RECIPE

One Pan Meals are the kind of dinners you need in your weeknight recipe arsenal. They are quick, they are easy, and if you’re grabbing them from my site, I can guarantee they’re delicious! This Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet Recipe is a family favorite and is something my kids cheer for. It’s a blog favorite too, clinching one of the top spots for the past three years with nearly 1 million annual views.

It had been ages since I’ve made this dish so I decided it was time for a reboot.

Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet with broiled cheese on top.

TORTELLINI & ITALIAN SAUSAGE RECIPE TIPS

  • Use fresh tortellini – I have found the refrigerated tortellini to be the freshest. The recipe calls for 20 ounces of refrigerated tortellini. I typically will pick up the 2-packs at Costco and one of those is the perfect size. Buitoni also makes a refrigerated tortellini in the 20 ounce package which you can see HERE. (affiliate link) If you can’t find the 20 ounce package, just substitute two of the 9 ounce packages and you’ll be fine.
  • Cheese tortellini is best – My personal favorite is the five cheese from Costco, but you can use any flavor of tortellini that you like. Meat filled tends to have a different flavor though that doesn’t pair as well with the Italian Sausage in this recipe.
  • This time around I didn’t make many changes, other than to add some onion and garlic, which I think are totally optional. They really do add another depth of flavor but do add about 10 minutes to the prep and cooking time. It’s a personal preference – you can easily omit those two ingredients, but I recommend using them as the flavor and the aroma can’t be beat.

Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet overhead shot.

Can I use Frozen Tortellini?

A lot of comments I get ask about the type of tortellini. I have only used refrigerated tortellini with this recipe. However, a lot of readers have shared that they used frozen and it turned out beautifully. You’ll just need to adjust the cooking time slightly, and the frozen may result in more liquid, so be mindful of that.

Tortellini and Italian sausage on a spoon with cheese pulling.

Ingredients for Italian Sausage and Tortellini in a large skillet.

italian sausage and tortellini cooking in a large skillet with spaghetti sauce.

HOW TO COOK ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI

My Italian Sausage and Tortellini Skillet is easy, it’s delicious and it’s a quick meal to get on the table when you’re in a hurry. With a quick prep of just 5-10 minutes, and a cook time of just 15 minutes, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time. The tortellini is tender and flavorful, with an extra boost from being cooked right in the sauce. The sausage give a nice savory salty, or even spicy bite that compliments the creamy cheese. The leftovers are amazing, too!

  1. Start by cooking Italian Sausage with onions and garlic until the sausage is no longer pink. Use a wooden spoon to crumble the sausage as it cooks. Drain any extra grease from the skillet and return the sausage to the pan.
  2. Add spaghetti sauce, water, seasonings and tortellini to the pan and bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook for 7-8 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat source and sprinkle with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. There are two methods for melting the cheese, but my favorite is under the broiler where you get those lovely crunchy brown bits as the mozzarella broils.
  5. Garnish with fresh parsley or basil and serve immediately!

Italian Sausage and Tortellini served in a white and blue bowl.

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A pan filled with Sausage and Tortellini

Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet

This Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet is a delicious and simple one pan meal. It's an easy Italian Sausage recipe that you're entire family will love!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 pound Ground Italian Sausage mild or spicy
  • 1 24-ounce jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce or marinara
  • 1 20-ounce package of fresh cheese tortellini 2 9-ounce packages will do
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chopped parsley or basil optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat an oven safe skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 1 tablespoon olive oil and add onions, cooking for a couple of minutes or until they begin to soften. 
  • Stir in minced garlic and add crumbled italian sausage. Cook until no longer pink. Drain off any extra grease.
  • Stir in spaghetti sauce, water, Italian seasoning and Tortellini. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 8 minutes, or until tortellini is tender.
  • Remove from heat. Sprinkle Mozzarella can Parmesan cheeses evenly over tortellini. Cover the skillet with the lid and let sit for 5 minutes while the cheeses melt. Alternatively, you could place the skillet under the broiler for a 2-3 minutes or until golden, melted and bubbly. 
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or basil if desired.

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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. My whole family loves this recipe. So easy and delicious! My husband said it is restaurant quality.

  2. This has become my all time favorite meal. I love italian sausage and tortellinis so it’s a win, win for me. I’ve probably made it 50 times since finding this recipe. Thank you ?

  3. We love this recipe and it is our go to recipe when cooking tortellini as a meal…delicious, quick and easy to prepare…thank you!!

  4. AH-Mazing! Made this tonight for the first time. Actually, my 12 year old did most of the work while I supervised. My son was 3 bites in and asked me to please make it again soon. Definitely getting added into our rotation. Also, I used turkey sausage to lighten it up a bit, and my husband and I both added crushed red pepper to our bowls.

    1. I love that you had your 12 year old make this recipe! I love getting my kids in the kitchen to cook. Glad you all enjoyed it.

  5. This is delicious! It’s definitely easy and delicious! And cheesy! I love cheese! I used dried cheese tortellini and it still worked out well! I used 1- 1.5 c of water and boiled for about 13 minutes.

  6. Made this tonight. It was delicious! My very picky 11 year old even asked for seconds. Will definitely be adding this to our rotation.

  7. This was amazing! I cooked the sausage first and used an iron skillet, which caused some of the sausage to stick to the bottom and get really crispy. I took out the sausage and cooked some onions and garlic, when it was almost done I put in the seasonings, that helps bloom the spices. Then I used chicken broth instead of water and I needed way more than 1/2 cup, which is fine by me. The end result was amazing! I will definitely be making this again!

  8. First time making it and I think I used WAY too much tortellini. I bought two 12 oz bags of it because the recipe called for 24 oz, but now there’s way too much.

    Going to just use one bag next time.

  9. I am on a diet and have started cooking more at home so I googled quick recipes because I have a hectic schedule so I came upon the Italian sausage and tortellini dish and made it tonight and it was awesome. I don’t want my family to eat what I have to eat and it not have flavor. This turned out really delicious.

  10. Hi Kristin! Ty for sharing!! Easy and quick so we love this recipe. Just in the midst of serveing it to my hubby, 6 yr old twins, 9 yr old son and 2 yr old granddaughter, I think its already a hit. Normally I make almost everything from scratch, so kinda felt like I shorted myself and fam (due to time constraints) but honestly, amp up the mozzarella and parm a little and ur golden! Ty Kristin for sharing.

  11. I used sliced Italian sausages because I didn’t read very carefully! However it was amazing and my husband and son both loved it. I appreciated not having to boil the tortellini separately. We just made it the second time. Thanks very much!

  12. This is such a simple and effective method to cook the fresh tortellini ‘just right’. I added a little more water, and the texture was perfect. My teenage son loved it and went back for a huge pile of seconds.

  13. I omitted the olive oil as the sausage renders a fair amount of grease and then added chopped onion and chopped garlic to the pan. Sautéed until onion translucent. Drained the oil, wiped out the pan with a paper towel and then added the sauce to the sausage mixture. Before adding the mozzarella and parm I blobbed on spoonfuls of ricotta. YUM.

  14. I like the idea but would probably use ground beef, or something with way less salt/sodium. the high taste of salt was a turn off and made the dish pretty inedible, even for my husband who loves salt.

    1. Try using a jarred sauce with less sodium. The sausage rarely has high sodium… I’ve made this a few times and it has never been salty. Try substituting ingredients for old people it may help your sensitive to salt palette.

  15. I made this tonight, with a few modifications. I started by sauteing some diced onion in olive oil, then adding the Italian sausage (I used the “hot and spicy” version and poured off most of the grease after it was cooked through.) Like some other folks, I could not find fresh tortellini at my grocery store, so I used frozen. I boiled the tortellini for about 1.5 minutes then added to the pan along with a jar of marinara sauce. I let this simmer for a few minutes before grating some parmesan cheese into the pan. Finally, I added some chunks of fresh mozzarella and covered the pan to allow the cheese to melt. The result was fantastic! I’ve been trying to eat less pasta and finding this recipe will certainly not help me to achieve that goal.

  16. Thank you so much for this recipe!! 🙂 My husband devoured this! He told me this is the BEST meal I’ve ever made! He went back for thirds saying he couldn’t stop eating this because it was so good! 🙂

  17. What kind of jar sauce did you use? I typically make my our sauce but was looking for a quicker method and wasn’t sure what jar sauces taste good?

  18. I’ve made the Italian Sausage and Tortellini Skillet a few times before and love it! I can’t seem to find the ingredients this time.

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  19. I made this for dinner tonight but substituted venison for sausage and added a cup and a half of finely chopped mushrooms. It was delicious and there’s enough left over so I don’t have to cook tomorrow. Thank you! This site is awesome!

    1. That sounds yummy!!! I love mushrooms but my 5 year old isn’t so sure about them. I did add corn to the skillet though since we all like corn.

    1. I will try to be nice… but when you are cooking in your kitchen — you can do ANYTHING YOU WANT !!

      There are no rules…. if you want to use seaweed instead of tortellini — you could do that to.

      It just amazes me that people ask the most ridiculous questions.

      1. How is that “trying to be nice” exactly? It was incredibly rude and disrecpectful actually.

        It just amazes me that people leave the most ridiculous comments like they’re better than everyone else.

  20. Ok so I made this today for dinner. I was really tired after a long day, and this was so simple. It’s also DELICIOUS. Seriously, so good. The only sorta problem is that I didn’t get the pasta all the way under the sauce and I had to cook it a little longer, but it was worth it. This is so easy and delicious.

    1. I would defrost it first. But I’d also be afraid it would add some liquid. It’s definitely worth try though!

    2. I just made this using frozen because fresh wasn’t available at my grocery store. The only thing I did differently was let everything simmer without a lid to get the excess water out. It turned out great! YUM!!! Thanks for the recipe, we’ll definitely be eating this again!

        1. The recipe makes at least 4 servings. Doubling the ingredients would double the cook time as well, and you’d want to use a larger pot…maybe a 5-6 quart soup pot?