Creamy Smoked Sausage Tortellini

Soft tortellini and smoky sausage smothered in a creamy tomato sauce make this 7-ingredient skillet meal one of our faves! So easy, quick and delicious for weeknight dinners. Just sprinkle with Parmesan and add a salad!

Creamy Smoked Sausage Tortellini - This 7-ingredient skillet meal is SO easy, quick and delicious for weeknights! |

Amidst our sticky hot Southern summers, the merciful days of a chilly breeze feel so far away. However, our winter has arrived as best it knows how, with the sun still beaming and a gentle wind that washes over you as you walk. Want a clearer picture? The way Austin welcomes the New Year goes like this: You can sit on a restaurant patio with a glass of wine. You can stroll the streets with shopping bags swinging on your arm. You can leash your dog up for a long, leaf-crunching hike.

It. is. lovely.

But, when the sun starts to set, it gets chilly and you head on home. You settle in for the night and pull on a cozy sweater. And you decide that it is definitely time for a warm bowl of stick-to-your-ribs pasta.

Well, that’s true wherever you live in the world, really. So, I have just the ticket for you. It’s quick. It’s so easy. And it is full of homemade, belly filling goodness that everyone, everywhere will love.

Creamy Smoked Sausage Tortellini - This 7-ingredient skillet meal is SO easy, quick and delicious for weeknights! |

All you do is this: Sizzle up sliced smoked sausage (or kielbasa) in a large skillet until nicely browned. Stir in some minced garlic until soft and fragrant. Then add your broth, cream, tomato sauce and tortellini. Mix it all up and place a lid on the skillet. The frozen tortellini will cook and soften in the hot, bubbly sauce, so you can just set it and forget it! Give the pan a little shake once in a while to keep the pasta from sticking. Set the table, make a salad, have a glass of wine. Kick back!

Once your delicious meal is ready, just sit down and enjoy. I love it sprinkled with some fresh Parm and parsley, but it’s just as scrumptious without any fancy touches. Just simple, honest-to-goodness comfort food.

You’ll love this one, I’m telling ya. Try it tonight!

Creamy Smoked Sausage Tortellini - This 7-ingredient skillet meal is SO easy, quick and delicious for weeknights! |

Creamy Smoked Sausage Tortellini

Creamy Smoked Sausage Tortellini

Yield: 4


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage or kielbasa
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 9 oz. fresh or frozen tortellini

For serving (optional):

  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly grated Parmesan


  1. In a large skillet with a lid, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once hot, add sausage and cook until well browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Add garlic and stir until golden and fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth, tomato sauce, cream and tortellini. Cook until simmering and bubbly. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 12 minutes, or until tortellini are tender and heated through.
  2. Serve and garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.
  3. Enjoy!

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  1. Mmmm sounds like you are making the most of the mild Winter. It is so strange when the temperature completely drops as the sun goes down… This certainly does seem to fit the bill for a hearty warm meal on a chilly night :D Fantastic photos too ^ ^ I hope you have a great start to your week Georgia! x

  2. I love any kind of pasta so you can bet I truly love this recipe! Looks like the perfect dinner to have on cold winter nights, and the fact it’s ready in such a short time and with such minimal prep is a great bonus.

    xo, Elisa

  3. Oh man, what a seriously pretty and perfect dinner!!

  4. 5 stars
    I have a weakness for pasta in general, but ravioli and tortellini — kind of obsessed. Pair it with a creamy sauce, and I’m in pasta heaven!

  5. 5 stars
    This is right up my alley! Adding smoked sausage is such a genius idea!

  6. My daughter is looking over my shoulder at these photos and saying “You should make this.” So, it’s on the menu for this week. Can’t wait!

  7. This is the perfect dish for a cold winter night. Yum, yum!

  8. That looks so creamy and delicious and the sausage would have enough oomph to make everyone feel they’d had a complete meal. Full marks for this one!

  9. oh what a wonderful pasta dish. So hearty and flavorful. I don’t make tortellini nearly as much as I should. My kids love it and so do I. Thanks for such a great recipe

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Georgia: I can always count on you to post a delicious & easy recipe which can be whipped-up in a hurry on a busy day. This lovely dish will definitely be on our dinner table this evening. Thankfully, I have everything to make this dish in my pantry & fridge, and I also have a ‘lite’ kielbasa in the freezer (which I’ll thaw). It’s cold & snowy here in Northern OH today, so this dish will definitely ‘hit the spot’ for my guys & for myself tonight. I’ll serve it with a green salad and a ‘lite’ dessert. Please keep those terrific recipes coming!

  11. 5 stars
    Excellent idea. Made it tonight and Greg and I totally devoured it. Next time I’m adding peppers, onions, and red pepper flake for some spicy kick.

  12. Aley! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed this recipe, and thanks so much for letting me know. Have a great weekend!

  13. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I did do a few things extra because of my love of garlic and no heavy cream. I used 6 cloves of fresh garlic instead of 2. I used cream cheese instead of heavy cream. And I added some frozen peas. It is delicious!

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