One Pan Creamy Tortellini and Smoked Sausage

My One Pan Creamy Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a match made in heaven! It’s a delicious one pan meal that combines the tender, cheese filled pasta with savory smokey sausage and wraps it all in a creamy cheesy tomato sauce. One bite and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life!

Creamy One Pan Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

*This recipe was originally posted in 2014 and has been updated for 2017.

One Pan Meals have long provided record breaking traffic to the blog. People really fell in love with the One Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta and others like my One Pan Caprese Pasta and One Pan Beef Stroganoff (my personal favorite).

Creamy One Pan Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

I did make one small change to the recipe this time around (but left both versions in the printable recipe). I had originally used a big can of whole tomatoes that you cut up yourself in the can, but I’ve found that I prefer crushed tomatoes. Using crushed eliminates a step, and they taste just as fresh if you use a good quality brand like San Marzano.

So really it’s not a huge change and you can stick with whatever type of tomatoes you prefer.

Creamy One Pan Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

To make the One Pan Creamy Tortellini and Smoked Sausage, start by cooking up the smoked sausage with some fragrant diced onions and a little garlic. That alone will make your kitchen smell divine and you might want to just start picking them out of the pan and eating them one by one. But refrain! You’re so close because this recipe is incredibly easy.

Creamy One Pan Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

Once the onions are soft and the sausage is browned, you add in the rest of the ingredients (minus the cheese) – Refrigerated Tortellini (whatever flavor you prefer), a 20 oz can of crushed tomatoes or cut up whole tomatoes (use your kitchen scissors and cut them up right in the can), a cup of chicken broth or water, and salt and pepper. Give it a few quick stirs while you let it come to a boil. Then cover it up and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you could leave the lid off while it simmers at a higher heat, stirring often, to cook it a little faster.

Once the pasta is tender, you just add in the cheeses. The sauce will seem thin, but will thicken as it sits. Cover to allow the cheese time to melt, then serve hot.

Creamy One Pan Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

This is one that I will definitely be adding to my monthly meal plan, because my kids LOVED it! You can kick it up a little by adding two cans of Rotel Tomatoes instead of the whole canned tomatoes, too. If not for my picky kiddos, I would have added a couple big handfuls of spinach.

Creamy One Pan Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

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One Pan Creamy Tortellini and Smoked Sausage

My Creamy One Pan Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a match made in heaven! It's a delicious one pan meal that combines the tender, cheese filled pasta with savory smokey sausage and wraps it all in a creamy cheesy tomato sauce. One bite and you'll wonder where it's been all your life!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 739kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound package of smoked sausage cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 20 ounce package of refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes cut in the can with kitchen scissors
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup freshly shredded jack cheese
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened; 3-4 minutes. Stir in minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add sausage and cook until browned on both sides.
  • Stir in chicken broth, tortellini, tomatoes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until pasta is tender, stirring at least once to prevent sticking. *There should still be liquid in the pan to make the sauce, but if it seems excessive, you can remove some with a large spoon. (If you want a quicker cooking method, set at medium-low heat, uncovered, stirring often for about 8-10 minutes).
  • *If there is too much liquid left in the pan, spoon some out. But be sure to leave enough behind to make the sauce.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheeses, reserving a handful for sprinkling on top. Cover and let stand for five to ten minutes, or broil for 2-3 minutes to brown. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 739kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 36gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 1472mgPotassium: 624mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 683IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 468mgIron: 5mg
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One Pan Creamy Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce. One Pan Creamy Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

One Pan Creamy Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

One Pan Creamy Tortellini and Smoked Sausage is a quick and delicious meal that combines tender, cheese-filled pasta with smokey sausage in a creamy sauce.

Kristin Maxwell

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. This has got to be one of our favorite dinner recipes! It was such a hit; fed about 6 people and everyone was raving about how delicious it was the entire time. I switched out the diced tomato for 20 ounces of Ragu and a can of tomato paste. So, so easy and delicious. 🙂

  2. This looks delish, but I wish there was calorie count. My husband and I are trying to drop 15 lbs., so I always check calories before I make something. Any idea?

    1. Hi Lisa,

      As I’m not a nutritionist, I am not comfortable adding that type of information. However, there are lots of apps and sites, like My Fitness Pal, that can help you. Good luck!

    2. I entered the ingredients into sparkpeople and came up with the following.
      This is for the whole pan, so you’ll have to divide it by the number of servings you portioned it into.
      Calories: 3,305
      Total Fat: 146g
      Saturated Fat: 62.5g
      Cholesterol: 692mg
      Sodium: 7,453mg
      Potassium: 902mg
      Total Carbohydrate: 316g
      Dietary Fiber: 22g
      Sugars: 24g
      Protein: 196g

  3. A little late, but whatevs. I made this last night, and OMG, it was great. I was kinda nervous about how it would turn out, especially when i found out we would be having a guest over. My boyfriend and him BOTH went up for seconds. I skipped out on the cream cheese, I put it in there and nothing was happening. I just took it out, and it was still amazing. Another thing I did was just diced tomatoes. I just don’t trust the scissors my boyfriend has had for the last, who knows, how many years. I will definitely will be making this again and I’m even telling my friends how amazing it was! 🙂 Thank you!

  4. I made this tonight for my husband and me. Followed it exactly. We loved it! Both of us went back for seconds. So glad we have enough for a second night. I will be sending this on to my daughter. I will be making this again for company that will be coming in a few months. They will love it! Thank you!

  5. Made this tonight for dinner, before I added the cheeses I thought that it wasn’t going to turn out, but it looks good now! I also don’t have a pan like that (College student on a budget) but with some reworking it turned out fine although it did turn into a two pan meal 😉

  6. I just HAPPENED to have tortellini and some beef sausage links. I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes and added 1 1/2 cans of water with some chicken base (no chicken broth). OMG, and I cook all the time. This just made the “sports practice night” rotation.

  7. Have you ever made this as a make ahead and freeze meal? If you have, did you thaw it first and then bake or do the straight out of the freezer to the oven process?

      1. I froze leftovers, let thaw at room temp & reheated slowly. I think if it is possible….. could have been better than first time around. Awesome freezer meal! Thanks for great recipe. I use chicken sausages just because that is what I have on hand.

  8. I’m making this tonight for our 4 year anniversary! Would a spicy kielbasa work? If so, what would you recommend? Thank you!

    1. I haven’t tried it that way, but the texture and consistency would be different. I would think it would still work though. If you try that, please come back and let us know how it turns out!

  9. I’m making this tonight for the second time! The first was a major hit, my boyfriend and I both loved everything about it. This time though we have to make it using a large sauce pot instead of a pan (our sautee pan got lost while moving). Do you think it will turn out alright still?

  10. Hi Kristin,

    I’m excited to make this tonight! Quick question….I add the cream cheese at the very end with the rest of the shredded cheese correct?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Morgan! Sorry I didn’t get to this before you made your dinner – I hope it turned out amazing! Yes, you add the cream cheese with the other cheeses. 🙂

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  11. I can’t wait to try this when my family comes to visit. I don’t see the actual recipe though. Can you please email it to me?

    Thanks so much!

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  12. This might seem like a silly question but does this call for 2 cups of each shredded cheese or just 1 cup of each?

  13. Hi Kristin! I made this for dinner a couple weeks ago, substituting lean ground beef for sausage and it was delicious! my husband, toddler, baby and I all gobbled it up! I’ll definitely be making it – and probably other riffs on it – again. Thanks!