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One Pot Tomato Spinach Tortellini with Sausage

Savory cheese-filled tortellini in a simple cream sauce with tomatoes, spinach, and sausage! All easily prepared in one pot!

Be sure to try my One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta next! And Don’t forget a side of Garlic Bread with Cheese.

Tomato Spinach Tortellini

This is one of those recipes that I just have to “sample” straight from the pan several times as it’s cooking, I’m like an animal. Do I need to make a public announcement about that? Nah. It’s more or less me giving you permission to do the same thing. I mean, the master of the kitchen should always take a little taste test (or seven).

…I like the sound of that, I’m going to start calling myself master of the kitchen. At all times. 📝

And now, a few questions that you may have about this recipe:

Can I substitute the sausage for something else?

Absolutely, I often substitute it with ground chicken or turkey. You could also sear diced chicken breasts in the pan first, set it aside, make the rest of the meal in the same pan, and then add the chicken back in. I do that quite often with these kinds of meals.

👉Searing the chicken in the same pan that you cook the rest of the meal in is a great way to pack in lots of delicious flavor.

Can I use a different kind of pasta?

You can absolutely use any kind of pasta that you want, I just happen to have a thing for tortellini. Penne would be a perfect substitution as it’s really good in thicker, creamier sauces. Since other pastas will likely take longer to cook, you may need to add up to a cup of additional chicken broth if too much of the liquid evaporates while the pasta is cooking.

Can I use frozen spinach?

Frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach is perfectly fine, so long as it’s properly thawed and drained.

One Pot Tortellini

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One pot tomato spinach tortellini

One Pot Tomato Spinach Tortellini with Sausage

5 from 8 ratings
Savory cheese-filled tortellini in a simple cream sauce with tomatoes, spinach, and sausage! All easily prepared in a single pot!


  • 1 lb. ground sausage, (can sub ground chicken or turkey)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained (14.5 oz. cans)
  • 20 oz. refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped


  • In a large, high-walled skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage (if you purchased sausage links, remove from casings first.). Drain the excess grease.
  • Add the softened cream cheese in chunks so that it melts more evenly.
  • Mix in 3 cups of chicken broth, stir in the drained tomatoes, and mix until the cream cheese is melted and distributed throughout.
  • Gently mix in the tortellini, and bring to a light boil. Let it simmer with the lid partially on so as to allow some steam to escape. Refer to the tortellini package for instructions as to how long it takes until it’s al-dente, it may take as little as 4 minutes.
  • Mix in the chopped spinach and allow it to wilt, this just takes a minute.
  • Remove from heat and leave the lid partially on, let the sauce thicken up for about 5 minutes prior to serving.


For thinner sauce, up to one additional cup of chicken broth may be used.
Don't forget a side of Garlic Bread with Cheese!


Calories: 684kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 131mg, Sodium: 1646mg, Potassium: 647mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1660IU, Vitamin C: 24.3mg, Calcium: 237mg, Iron: 5.2mg
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20 comments on “One Pot Tomato Spinach Tortellini with Sausage”

  1. Love love love this recipe. Its now one of my once a month go-to’s. I get compliments on it each time. Thanks so much for sharing

  2. I made this meal for my family and it was a hit! Even the two year old loved it 🙂 It made for great leftovers as well.. 🙂

  3. I honestly make this recipe at least every two weeks! It’s my absolute favorite!!! My kids love it too!0

    • Hi Sara! I’m sooo happy to hear that!!! It’s definitely one of those recipes that is easy to repeat! Yay!!!!

  4. Made this tonight and was totally impressed how good it was!!! I love to cook and I am definitely putting this recipe in my file!! So very easy but taste like I cooked it for hours. I sprinkled some Parmesan at end! Will make again and again!! Thanks!!

    • Hey Deborah! I’m so happy that you enjoyed it and plan to make it again! This one has been in our regular rotation for YEARS, I’m so happy to share it with you! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  5. This is absolutely one of the best pasta recipes I have made. I will easily be making it at least once a month! Thank you so o much for sharing! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Deena, we keep this one in the rotation for sure, I am obsessed with it! Thanks for taking the time to let me know what you thought!!

  6. anyone know if this can be made in an Instant Pot ?

  7. Just tried this recipe and it was SOOO good! As a college student who usually lives on macaroni and ramen, this was an easy recipe that didn’t feel like too much work! Thanks Steph!

    • HEY Jazzzzzz! Danielle texted me last night and told me that you tried this recipe and sent me a pic! It made my whole night, I’m soo happy that you liked it. I LOVE this recipe! Happy to help a good ‘ol college student out! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!!

  8. Could you use frozen spinach properly thawed and drained?

  9. We tried this last week and it was delicious! The leftovers reheated well, too.


    • WAHOOOOO! I’m so glad you made this one Michelle.. oh my gosh it’s about time that I make it again too, it’s SOOO good, thank you for reminding me about it, haha! Have a great day, and thank you for taking the time to let me know how you liked it!

  10. Ultimate coziness!!

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