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Easy One Pan Sausage Tortellini Skillet Recipe


This Easy One Pan Sausage Tortellini Skillet is a quick and delicious dinner option that’s ready in less than 20 minutes. The best part? Only one pan to clean up! It’s a simple and flavorful meal for busy nights.

Sausage and Tortellini Skillet with broccoli served on a white plate.
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This Sausage Tortellini Skillet is a go-to for those nights when you need dinner on the table, like, yesterday.

The beauty here lies in its simplicity – toss some sausage, cheesy tortellini, broccoli, and Alfredo sauce into a pan, let it simmer, and voilà! With just one pan to wash, cleanup is minimal. I am always looking for ways to cut back on clean up and skillet recipes are a good way to do that. Check out this Meatball Skillet for another great option.

It’s a no-fuss option that satisfies without the hassle – perfect for those who crave efficiency in the kitchen. Serve warm straight from the skillet and watch your family devour it. 

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What Goes into this Recipe?

  • Cheese Tortellini: Mix it up by choosing either fresh or frozen tortellini, and feel free to experiment with different flavors for a personalized twist. Dry tortellini will also work but be sure to adjust the cook time as needed. It is also the main ingredient in this Crock Pot Tortellini Soup.
  • Sausage: Opt for your favorite type of sausage – whether it’s Italian, spicy, or mild – to tailor the dish to your taste preferences.
  • Alfredo Sauce: Grab a jar of your preferred Alfredo sauce from the store or get creative by making your own with different herbs and spices. You could also make a homemade sauce with heavy cream, butter and cheese.
  • Chicken Broth:  Helps to thin the pasta sauce for this one pan dinner and add depth of flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese: The finishing touch, delivering that cheesy, salty zing that makes it all come alive.

See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.


  • Skip the sausage and go for a veggie-packed version. Add a colorful bell pepper, diced tomatoes, and fresh spinach for a hearty, meat-free option.
  • Elevate the earthy flavors by incorporating sliced mushrooms during the sausage-browning stage. Their rich taste will complement the dish beautifully.
  • Craving heat? Choose a spicy Italian sausage or toss in some red pepper flakes when sautéing the ingredients for an extra kick.
  • If you prefer a red sauce, add a jar of marinara sauce in place of the Alfredo.

How to make Sausage Tortellini Skillet

  1. Add your oil to a large skillet that is warm  and cook onion over medium-high heat until it is translucent. Add garlic and sliced sausage to the pan and continue cooking until the sausage is browned.  Be sure to stir because the garlic will burn if you are not careful. 
  2. Pour in the chicken stock and stir to remove any of the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.  This is flavor and we want to get all we can from this dish.
Cooking the sausage and onions, adding the chicken broth.
  1. Pour in the chicken stock and stir to remove any of the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.  This is flavor and we want to get all we can from this dish.
  2. Next, add the broccoli pieces to the skillet. Followed by the package of tortellini.  I used frozen but you could also use fresh if it is available.
Adding the broccoli, tortellini and Alfredo sauce.
  1. And finally, add the jar of Alfredo sauce. Stir to combine all of the ingredients and bring mixture to a boil.
  2. Once the mixture boils, reduce heat to a simmer.  Add the lid and continue to cook with the lid on for 7 minutes.  This will let the tortellini cook and the broccoli will steam. Remove the lid, add the salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
Covering skillet with lid until cooked.  Finishing with parmesan cheese and pepper.

Expert Tips

  • If you’re using frozen tortellini, there is no need to thaw it beforehand. Toss it straight from the freezer into the pan. Fresh tortellini cooks up a bit faster, so keep an eye on it to avoid mushiness.
  • When you pour in the chicken broth, scrape the bottom of the pan with your spatula to release those flavor bits. That is such a great secret to a rich-tasting skillet.
  • Adjust the heat of the one-pot meal by using a sausage with or without spice.  Andouille sausage and hot Italian sausage will add an underlying heat to the overall flavor, while mild Italian sausage will also add a ton of flavor but not much spice.
  • Cook until you have a tender tortellini, then remove from heat.  It can easily be over cooked.
  • Hold off on adding salt until the end. Parmesan can bring a salty kick, so taste first and then sprinkle as needed.
  • Serve this tortellini recipe with a side salad and garlic bread.  It is sure to be a family favorite and a great meal for busy weeknights.

Storage and Freezing

Store: Store any leftovers of this tortellini skillet meal in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Freeze: Once cooler, store your Italian Sausage Tortellini Skillet in an airtight container in the freezer. It will keep for 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight prior to reheating.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different type of pasta instead of tortellini?

Absolutely! Penne, fusilli, or any pasta of your choice will work. You can even use ravioli! Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Can I substitute chicken broth with vegetable or beef broth?

Yes, you can substitute with your preferred broth for a different flavor profile.

Can I use pre-packaged shredded Parmesan cheese?

Sure! Freshly grated Parmesan is recommended for optimal flavor and melting, but pre-packaged shredded Parmesan can be used as a convenient alternative.

Finished sausage tortellini skillet served in the skillet it was cooked in.

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Serving sausage tortellini skillet on a white plate.

Easy Sausage Tortellini Skillet Dinner

Dinner is ready in less than 20 minutes and made in one pan with this Easy One Pan Sausage Tortellini Skillet. Simple, quick and delicious.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 727kcal
5 from 18 votes
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  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion {finely minced}
  • 2 cloves garlic {minced}
  • 12 ounces sausage {in casing and sliced}-I used Italian
  • 1 cup broccoli {cut into small florets}
  • 9 ounces tortellini {frozen or fresh}
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 15 ounces Alfredo sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese {grated}
  • Fresh Basil for garnish-optional


  • Heat oil over medium heat, add onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic and sausage and cook until the sausage is browned, being sure to stir so that the garlic does not burn.
  • Add chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pan to release any bits of flavor. Add broccoli florets. Followed by tortellini and Alfredo sauce. Stir ingredients together and bring mixture to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce heat to simmer and cover with lid. Cook for an additional 7 minutes.
  • After 7 minutes remove the lid, add salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Serve warm from the skillet. Garnish with fresh basil if desired and enjoy. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.


  • Frozen tortellini works; no need to thaw. Fresh tortellini cooks faster, so watch for mushiness.
  • When adding chicken broth, scrape the pan for richer flavor.
  • Add salt at the end; Parmesan brings a salty kick.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze in an airtight container for 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 727kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 1850mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg
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