One Pan Turkey Sausage Spinach and Marinara Tortellini


A go-to main ingredient for a quick and easy dinner at my house is so frequently tortellini. I love love love tortellini! I mean cheese stuffed in pasta, how could you go wrong with that? It’s just not possible. Whomever came up with the idea way back when is totally genius. I’ve been eating it as long as I can remember, my mom often served it growing up because like I just mentioned, it makes for an easy meal and she was a full-time working single mother of six. We usually just had it with some sort of tomato sauce and cream mixture but I was perfectly fine with that as a kid. Now I add in allll the garlic, tomatoes, basil…you know, the good stuff :).

One Pan Turkey Sausage Spinach and Marinara Tortellini | Cooking Classy

Someday I’d like to try making tortellini from scratch, but this is real life and who has time for such things? One day I’ll make the time but until then I’m really just pretty content with the tortellini in the refrigerator section at the grocery store. The freezer stuff and the shelf stuff just aren’t my thing though. I’ve added tortellini to plenty of soups (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) and I more recently I tossed it with fresh pesto and roasted veggies. And let’s not forget the Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini. There are so many easy and delicious things you can make with tortellini so today I’m sharing another dish I love, this completely satisfying and delicious One Pan Turkey Sausage, Spinach and Marinara Tortellini. It uses both the store-bought tortellini and a store-bought marinara sauce so it comes together so quickly (you can have it ready in 25 minutes or less), and it’s made more flavorful and filling with the sausage. Then the basil, parsley and spinach offer it that wonderful fresh flavor. This is a recipe you’ll want to make again and again and it’s something the whole family will likely agree on! This is definitely my kind of dinner!
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One Pan Turkey Sausage, Spinach and Marinara Tortellini

4.8 from 5 votes

Yield: About 7 - 8 servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 lb hot or sweet turkey sausages , casings removed
  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce (I like Classico Four Cheese)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (20 oz) pkg refrigerated three cheese tortellini
  • 4 cups packed fresh spinach , roughly chopped
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil


  1. Heat olive oil in an extra-large skillet or a pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds then add sausage break it up a bit and cook, stirring and breaking up sausage occasionally, until sausage has cooked through. Add in marinara sauce, tomatoes, chicken broth and water and bring to a light boil. Add in tortellini, toss and press tortellini down into sauce, reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer until tortellini is cooked through, about 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Stir in spinach and parsley, season with pepper to taste (season with salt only if needed, if you used the brand I mentioned you likely won't need it) and toss gently to allow spinach to cook through and wilt. Stir in basil and serve warm.
  2. Recipe source: inspired by Buitoni


  • Sandie: This looks awesome! Any thoughts on making this with frozen tortellini? August 2, 2016 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Chip: Wait a minute. 36.5oz of diced tomatoes/sauce, plus 1.25 cup of water/broth, plus a pound of sausage and 20oz tortellini plus spinach … expected to fit into an “extra-large skillet”?

    Pray tell, what size skillet will handle that much food?

    And are we really expected to think that all the liquid will boil away to the photo shown after a “light boil” then cooking *covered* for just 10 minutes?

    I could see doing this as a type of soup in a pot, but there’s no way the recipe above resulted in the photos on this page.

    What an utterly absurd, unrealistic recipe. August 2, 2016 at 1:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It fit in the tall 12-inch skillet I used (pictured here) but that is why I listed a pot could be used as well because it was coming close to the top and I know that’s not ideal. August 2, 2016 at 10:49pm Reply

    • Offended: Chip-You are rude and should really just go else where. Didn’t your mother ever teach you, if you don’t have something nice to say go eat at McDonalds and leave the rest of us to enjoy CookingClassy? When ever I need an easy and stress free meal I turn to this blog. Thank you Jaclyn. August 3, 2016 at 11:26am Reply

    • Kim: Have you even tried it?? September 19, 2016 at 5:18am Reply

  • Holly: Do you think this would be good with regular pasta as well? My husband doesn’t like cheese and I actually think it upsets my stomach, too. The sauce looks delicious! August 2, 2016 at 9:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes but the amount of liquid needed may vary a little depending on the pasta so I’d just watch it as it cooks. August 2, 2016 at 10:42pm Reply

  • Sarah: Oh my *.* this looks delicious >.< I recently fell in love with cheese tortellini so this is right up my alley :D August 3, 2016 at 9:41am Reply

  • Stephanie Morgan: I made this last night .. We absolutely loved it !!!! August 3, 2016 at 9:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Stephanie, thanks for your review! August 3, 2016 at 9:55pm Reply

  • Sarah: So I commented earlier on and…I’m now making it :D I took a trip to the supermarket and it smells so good in here. What a great and quick recipe :) August 3, 2016 at 11:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you tried the recipe :)! August 3, 2016 at 9:54pm Reply

  • desly: It looks yummy.Do you own a restaurant? August 11, 2016 at 1:50am Reply

  • Marcia S.: I made this skillet tonight. It was easy and delicious! I will make this again, my family loved it! I added a little red pepper flakes, other than that, followed the recipe. Thanks for a great week night recipe! September 21, 2016 at 7:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family loved it Marcia, thanks for your review! September 21, 2016 at 10:05pm Reply

  • heather: Thank you for creating a recipe that pleased my entire family! I especially love how easy it comes together, not to mention it reheats beautifully for lunch. October 5, 2016 at 9:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Heather! October 6, 2016 at 4:01pm Reply

  • Sandy Reeves: My husband and I have our grandkids over for dinner every Wednesday. We try out old, new, and different recipes. I made this dish for them, along with a salad and garlic cheese bread…WOW…was it a big hit!!! They voted to put it in our dinner menu rotation…and believe me…that doesn’t always happen! Thanks for this quick but delicious recipe! December 7, 2016 at 11:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great reviw Sandy – glad it was enjoyed! December 13, 2016 at 2:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Sandy – glad it was enjoyed! December 13, 2016 at 2:48pm Reply

  • Courtney: I made this last night for the second time in two weeks :) It’s such a quick and tasty dinner (with lots of leftovers since it’s just my husband and I) and so easy, which is ideal with an infant on-hand. Thanks for writing such a great food blog! February 12, 2017 at 2:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Courtney! I’m glad you love it! February 14, 2017 at 1:48pm Reply

  • Cara: Loved this recipe! Instead of sausage I used ground beef!!! Was perfect and easy!!!!! June 23, 2017 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great idea! So glad you loved it! June 28, 2017 at 12:21pm Reply

  • Monica: Made this but used chunky garden combination Ragu and let tortellini cook 15 minutes and it was delicious!!
    Tried to upload the picture but it wouldn’t allow me to. August 28, 2017 at 7:05pm Reply

  • Priscilla: Could you make this in a crockpot if I needed to triple the recipe or would a pot on the stove be better? October 30, 2017 at 12:49pm Reply

  • Ted Smith: Mouthwatering recipe. Come what may I am gonna cook this tonight. November 10, 2017 at 4:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: May the odds be ever in your favor. :) November 10, 2017 at 9:41am Reply

  • Eva: WOW. It’s look so tasty :). I must try it. January 18, 2018 at 4:46am Reply

  • Tez Estrada: This was sooo good!!! I had to use a big pot though because the food didn’t fit in my skillet lol. I’m making this tonight for a special Valentine’s Day dinner! :) February 14, 2018 at 9:03am Reply

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