I wasn’t going to post this recipe, because I hate how the pictures turned out. It doesn’t look creamy like it actually is. But my loyal readers have requested more recipes for everyday eating and I want to post more of what we eat. Because, despite what it may look like, we do not eat dessert every night of the week. 🙂
Posting more of what we eat on a regular basis is a bit trickier though, because I’m rushing to photograph a meal, while I have three hungry people waiting on it. Which means there isn’t time for major tweaks to the setup if I don’t like it the first time.
So while this recipe, may not be my most popular on Pinterest. (Come pin with me there!) I do want to share it with you because it is one of our staples. I do have a confession to make regarding it though. I usually don’t make it with the spinach. :0
This time around, when I was making it, I decided me and my husband are grown up enough to eat cooked spinach in our pasta. I thought I was going to be all healthy with the addition of spinach, plus adding something green usually makes the pictures of the dish better. Turns out we’re not, we both hate the texture and taste it gives to the dish.
Please give us our spinach raw in a salad on the side, not cooked in the dish. Needless to say our kids weren’t fans either. So if you’re a fellow non-spinach lover, feel free to leave it out. No judgement here. Adding a side salad will give you the same nutrients 🙂
- 3 Italian Sausage Links
- 20 ounces cheese tortellini
- 1 can Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
- 4 ounces cream cheese, I use the reduced fat version
- A handful or two of fresh spinach, if desired
- Torn basil, if desired
- Fresh grated Parmesan, for serving
- In a large skillet, cook the sausage through. Meanwhile cook the tortellini according to package instructions. When sausage is cooked through add tomatoes, spinach and cream cheese. Cook over low heat until spinach wilts and cream cheese is melted. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss in the cooked tortellini.
- Serve immediately with basil and Parmesan if desired.
Here are some other sausage and pasta dishes that sound like delicious weeknight staples.
One Pan Sausage Broccoli and Parmesan Pasta from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Hearty Rigatoni with Italian Sausage from Urban Bliss Life
One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta from Budget Bytes
Or here is my Tomato Bacon Capellini that I need to make again!
Or this easy Zuppa Toscana is also a favorite.