Tag Archive: Tortellini


1 box La Piana cheese tortellini

1 package Trader Joe’s  Sweet Italian Pork Sausage

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 onion, sliced thinly

1/2 green pepper, sliced thinly

1/4 each red, yellow and orange peppers, sliced thinly

3 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. pesto

1 Tbsp. Tuscan seasoning mix

Parmesan to taste


Put on water for tortellini.

Remove casing from sausage and cut into 1 inch pieces.

Heat olive oil in large skillet to brown sausage.

Meanwhile slice veggies and add tortellini to boiling water.

When sausage is nicely browned, add in veggies, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft and translucent.

After gently boiling tortellini for 15 minutes, drain.

Stir in butter, pesto, and Parmesan.

I bought Italian made dried tortellini at The Fresh Market.  It was much better than the frozen kind!

The pesto, olive oil and seasonings were all super quality products my friend Stephanie gave me for my birthday that she got from Marshall’s.



4 packages Buitoni three cheese tortellini

1 large zucchini

1/2 red pepper, chopped

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. lemon olive oil

Sauce for tortellini:

2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. pesto

2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese

Splash lemon olive oil

Saute veggies in skillet with butter and oil.

Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to directions.

Toss with sauce ingredients and serve immediately.

The beauty of this is how the veggies and tortellini are done at the same time!

I like to eat light sometimes, but with kids, I serve this with a meat.

I was feeling particularly lazy and unmotivated, so I popped some Sandra’s chicken in the oven (before starting the tortellini and veggies – since they take 38 minutes to cook!)

As far as convenience foods go, Sandra’s is one of my favorites since they are often on sale and the manufacturer’s website posts coupons ALL THE TIME!  When there is a BOGO sale, and I can use coupons, they are about $1.50 a piece!  Regular price for a box of six runs about $12.99.  They also come in boxes of two for $4.99.

Sandra's broc-swiss-product

The tortellini was also on BOGO sale and came out to be about $2.00 a package.


2 bags Celentano frozen cheese tortellini

1 smoked ham slice, cubed

1/2 bag frozen baby peas

1/2 stick butter

1/4 c. cream cheese, cut into small cubes

1/4 c. pesto

Parmesan cheese to taste.

Defrost peas in a colander under tap water.  Set aside.

While bringing water to a boil for tortellini, saute ham in a skillet in 2 Tbsp. butter until it begins to turn a little brown on the edges.

Cook tortellini according to package directions.

While tortellini cooks, add remaining butter, cream cheese and pesto to ham in skillet.  Simmer on low until tortellini is done and cream cheese is mostly melted.


Drain tortellini and add to skillet.  Toss to coat.


Pour peas in and sprinkle liberally with Parmesan.

Stir gently and serve!


The other night I made Italian Hot Sausage in the Crock Pot (which we ate as subs)  I used the leftover sausage and sauce to make this casserole.  The recipe for the Hot Sausage follows.

4 leftover sausage

4 c. leftover pasta sauce

2 bags frozen cheese tortellini

2 c. shredded cheese

Combine one package frozen tortellini with 2 c. of sauce and layer in bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  I did it right in the baking dish so I wouldn’t have another dish to wash!



Slice sausage and layer evenly over tortellini.


Sprinkle with cheese.

Mix remaining package of tortellini with remaining sauce.

Spread into baking dish.

Sprinkle remaining cheese.


I covered mine with foil and refrigerated it overnight.

Bake 350 F for 40-45 minutes.


Here’s how I made the sausage:

2 lb. Italian sausage (hot)

4 c. fresh spinach

1 c. shredded carrots

1/2 large sweet onion, chopped

(add in mushrooms, garlic, peppers, etc. all to taste)

2 jars pasta sauce or 6 cups homemade

1/2 c. red wine

Place veggies in crock pot.


Layer sausage over veggies.


Pour sauce over sausage.  Use wine to get the last little bit out of the jars if using sauce in a jar.  Pour it around the outer edge of the crock pot.


Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.

Save the sauce!  I put it in the freezer for a future meal if I’m not using it right away.


2 packages al fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

2 packages Barilla Spinach Cheese Tortellini

1/4 c. applesauce

1/4 c. creamy Caesar dressing

1/2 bag frozen peas, defrosted

1/4 c. Parmesan cheese

3 Tbsp. butter

1 handful crumbled Gorgonzola cheese


Put on water for pasta.

While it’s coming to a boil, slice and brown chicken sausage.

Barilla Tortellini


Pasta cooks for about 10 minutes.


While pasta cooks, add dressing and applesauce to sausage.  Cook over low a few minutes.

Add in defrosted peas.


Top with parmesian.  Pour tortellini into skillet over sausage.  Dot with butter.


Stir gently.


Add in gorgonzola.  Stir, serve, enjoy!!!



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