Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini

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This creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini is a perfect quick weeknight dinner. It’s quick and easy and the cream sauce is lighter, but still full of flavor. 
Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini. An easy weeknight dinner recipe that comes together fast. It's a lighter Italian dish with lot of great flavor.

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.

Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini. An easy weeknight dinner recipe that comes together fast. It's a lighter Italian dish with lot of great flavor.

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.

Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini. An easy weeknight dinner recipe that comes together fast. It's a lighter Italian dish with lot of great flavor.

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 judgment here. Adding a side salad will give you the same nutrients.

For a spinach recipe we all love, try these Spinach and Artichoke Bagels. And for another dinner that is unquestionably a hit with the whole family, this Stuffed Pepper Skillet is a must try.

Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini. An easy weeknight dinner recipe that comes together fast. It's a lighter Italian dish with lot of great flavor.

Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini

This creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini is a perfect quick weeknight dinner. It's quick and easy and the cream sauce is lighter, but still full of flavor.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 -6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving · Calories: 747kcal · Carbohydrates: 73g · Protein: 33g · Fat: 36g · Saturated Fat: 17g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g · Cholesterol: 121mg · Sodium: 1182mg · Fiber: 4g · Sugar: 5g
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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.

Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini. An easy weeknight dinner recipe that comes together fast. It's a lighter Italian dish with lot of great flavor.

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  1. Angelina says

    A very tasty & easy dish. I made some changes to suit my family. I used Turkey Italian Sausage, low sodium tomatoes & Nufrachel cheese, I added a LOT of Baby Spinach, since we love it, including the kiddoes (believe it or not). Thanks for this terrific recipe. 🙂