Cheese Tortellini with Sausage, Tomatoes and Spinach

This month has been busy. I’m talking crazy busy. I’m talking barely have enough time to sleep, eat or watch Real Housewives busy. But we take it all in stride. After all this is all part of the joy of owning a home. So when Ryan tells me that we have about 1 hour to make, take pictures of and eat dinner before we head over to the house to do some more work, I smile, take a deep breath and turn to fresh tortellini, sausage, tomatoes and spinach for a quick and satisfying dinner. After all of the work we’ve been doing, dinners like this are a blessing.

Things with the house are shaping up rather nicely. The hardwood floors have been refinished. The living room, dining room and bedrooms have been painted. The furniture ordered and scheduled for delivery. Now the only thing left that is taunting me like you wouldn’t believe is the lovely (insert sarcasm font) wallpaper that someone thought would be a good idea to put in the bathroom. Let me stress this very important point. If you ever intend to move from your home and you don’t want to make the new owners curse you for hours and hours and hours on end remember this very important thing: Wallpaper is never a good idea. And as I prepare for yet another fun filled evening scraping, pulling and wiping away wallpaper I’ll be wishing that I made more of this pasta to help get me through it.

Cheese Tortellini with Sausage, Tomatoes and Spinach Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 pound fresh cheese tortellini
  • 5 turkey Italian sausage links
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ red onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3 – 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped



Bring the water to a boil. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain.


While you are waiting for your water to boil and your pasta to cook, cook sausage until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting surface, slice and set aside.


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook just until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in sliced sausage, cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, spinach leaves, kosher salt and black pepper. Cook just until spinach wilts, about 2 minutes.


Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with chopped basil and serve.



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    September 26, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Hi! This is my first time here and when I saw this recipe I knew this is what I wanted to have for dinner! YUM! I am posting a link to this page on my Menu Plan this morning :)

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    August 23, 2010 at 10:49 am

    This was easy and so delicious!! Will be making again! Thanks!

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    David A
    July 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Original Brat Hans makes an all-natural Italian sausage that is perfect for this recipe. That is an amazing picture as well by the way.

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    July 23, 2010 at 10:12 am

    We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel so I feel your pain. We have been eating very simple meals. I can’t wait to make this recipe!

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    July 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I think I’ll create wallpaper that looks like a painted surface.
    Wallpaper over wallpaper beats the heck out of scraping :)

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    July 21, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Every element of this recipe is something I love: pasta, sausage, mmmm!

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