One-Pot Tortellini with Sausage, Spinach + Peas

by Amy on 19 March 2014

One-Pot Tortellini with Sausage, Spinach + PeasOne-Pot Tortellini with Sausage, Spinach + PeasI am such a huge fan of one-pot meals. They are wonderfully quick + easy to come together, you don’t need to be juggling 4 different pots/pans over the stovetop, and there is (HOORAY!) only one pot to clean up at the end. My One-Pot Tomato, Basil + Chicken Pasta is now one of my most popular blog recipes, so I thought it was high time to share another one-pot wonder with you: This awesome One-Pot Tortellini with Sausage, Spinach, + Peas.

Y’all, this pasta is SO good. Since I first made this meal a couple months ago, my husband has requested it over + over again, + we now make it at least once every other week. It’s a hearty, flavor-packed pasta dish with a perfect combination of different flavors + textures, + a great blend of protein, veggies + carbs. And it’s wonderfully customizable, depending on what you love. Don’t like sausage? Try substituting ground beef or turkey. Not a huge fan of baby spinach? Get fancy + use arugula or swiss chard instead! Not diggin’ vodka cream sauce? A simple marinara or tomato/basil sauce would be awesome. Or even try it with alfredo sauce, yum! The possibilities are endless. =)

And one final bonus, if I haven’t already sold you on this dish? The leftovers are fantastic! While I love this as dinner, I almost look forward to the quick-to-heat-up + super delicious lunch leftovers for the next few days even more!

One-Pot Tortellini with Sausage, Spinach + Peas

serves 6-8, a Fearless Homemaker original recipe


1 tablespooon olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 lb. mild italian sausage, casings removed
20 oz. Buitoni mixed cheese tortellini
24 oz. vodka cream sauce (I use Classico brand)
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional – if you want a slightly spicy dish)
2 cups baby spinach
optional: freshly-grated Parmesan cheese for serving


In a large saucepan or skillet with deep sides, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion + saute for 5-8 minutes, until translucent. Add the ground sausage to the pan, + cook over medium heat, breaking up with a spatula. Saute until cooked-through, about 10 minutes. Drain off any fat.

Add the tortellini, the jar of sauce, 1 jar (24 oz.) of water, frozen peas, + crushed red pepper (if using) to the pot. Bring to a boil + simmer for 15-18 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tortellini are al dente, + most of the liquid is absorbed. Add in the spinach, stir to combine, + cook for 1 minute more, until spinach is just wilted.

Add more salt + pepper if needed, + serve topped with freshly-grated parmesan cheese.

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1 Kathryn March 19, 2014 at 10:18 am

Totally with you about the advantages of one-pot dishes – this looks so tasty! Such a perfect weeknight dinner.

2 Jillian-News Anchor To Homemaker March 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

I love a one-pot meal ever once in a while, too. This looks great, wonderful flavors!

3 alexandra March 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

YAAY. So happy you shared the recipe. Love all the ingredients and of course, love the ease of effort (or lack thereof) to put it all together. Woohoo!

4 amy March 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Alexandra, I should just call you next time we make it – there’s always more than enough to go around, and you can just hop over and have a bowl. =)

5 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Holy scrumptious, comforting goodness in a pot! You always come up with the best weeknight meals, Amy! This is brilliant and I bet so incredibly delicious. A must-try in my kitchen!

6 Choc Chip Uru March 20, 2014 at 4:53 am

What a big pot of warmth and comfort, it looks delicious 😀

Choc Chip Uru

7 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction March 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

I love one pot meals and this one sounds wonderful! Definitely need to add it to the menu!

8 Leah | So, How's It Taste? March 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm

It doesn’t compute to me when you say “not diggin’ vodka cream sauce,” lol! I was just staring at a jar of that yesterday in Publix. Now I totally have an excuse to indulge. This looks fantastic and I’m all about some easy cleanup!

9 amy March 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Bahahaha! Agreed, vodka cream sauce is the bomb. You’ll need to grab a jar next time you’re at the store + try it!

10 Kelly March 21, 2014 at 5:20 am

This looks delicious Amy! I love all of your tasty one pot and slow cooker meals – definitely helps meal times so much easier :) This tortellini pasta sounds incredible especially with all the veggies in here :) Pinning :)

11 Lesley Eats @ March 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

That’d be pretty tasty without the sausage!

12 amy March 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Do you ever use the meatless soy crumbles? I haven’t tried them, but if they’re tasty, they could be a good substitute. Or just more veggies would be good, too. =)

13 Beth March 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

I love one-pot meals too. This one looks great!

14 sarah k @ the pajama chef March 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

i love one dish meals too. all these flavors together must be amazing!

15 Anna (Hidden Ponies) March 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I love this take on the usual one-pot pasta, it turns out gorgeous!

16 whatjessicabakednext March 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

This looks divine, super rich and warming!

17 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie March 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

Oh yea this has definitely got to happen.

18 Kirsten March 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I’ve got a half tub of vodka sauce that went on pizza over the weekend (yummy) and the rest will turn into a spaghetti to clean out the fridge before we leave.
This looks so good, Amy!

19 Shelley November 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Omg, this was delicious! A+ Will definitely add it to my rotation. Thank you!

20 amy November 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

So thrilled you liked it, Shelley!

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