Tortellini with Sausage in a Light Sauce

Cheese Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach in a Creamy Broth | The Weary Chef

I’m no stranger to one-dish dinners.  In fact, I try to make dinner in one pot as often as possible!  This easy cheese tortellini with sausage recipe is a perfect example of a delicious, easy meal that doesn’t require much time or many dishes. I was going to add “Cajun” or “spicy” to this recipe’s name because I used andouille sausage and hot sauce, but you can really use any flavor of sausage that you like.  I prefer chicken or turkey sausage, and there are so many delicious flavors available.  What are some of your favorite types of sausage?  Let me know what kind you use when you try this recipe!

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Cheese Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach in a Creamy Broth | The Weary Chef

Cheese Tortellini with Sausage in a Creamy Broth

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This one-dish dinner with tortellini, sausage, and spinach is satisfying and easy.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 12 ounces chicken or turkey fully-cooked sausage sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 20 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini (family-sized package)
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • pepper or hot sauce to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and sausage, and saute for about 7 minutes, or until starting to brown. Add garlic and cook an additional minute or two.
  2. Sprinkle flour over sausage mixture, and stir to coat. Add chicken broth a little at a time, stirring constantly, to form a smooth sauce. Bring to a low boil, and add tortellini.
  3. Simmer pasta in broth mixture for the recommended cooking time on the package, stirring frequently. About three minutes before pasta is done, stir in spinach and cream, and gently stir until the spinach wilts. Add pepper or hot sauce if desired.
  4. Turn off heat, and allow pasta to stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Sauce will still be thin, but it will thicken up as it cools and will be perfect for leftovers.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Pasta
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


10 years ago

This was very yummy! I have a hard time finding things my husband likes and this one was a winner!! I took out a little chicken broth and added white wine and it turned out great. ;)

10 years ago

Thanks, Sam! You can’t go wrong with adding wine :) I’m so glad you liked it!

7 years ago

Just finished enjoying it! Very easy and tasty! My husband said, “It’s a winner!”

11 years ago

This looks wonderful. Pinned it for later.

11 years ago

Thanks, Teresa! It is a tasty dinner if I do say so myself ;) Thank you for your nice comment!

11 years ago

I agree, one pot dinners are the way to go, especially since I’m going to be doing the dishes! Pasta is my favorite one pot meal ingredient! Can’t wait to try this one!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I’m lucky that my husband always does the dinner dishes! That and taking out the garbage are his responsibilities, and I do everything else ;) Works for me!

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