Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

Cheese Tortellini tossed with Italian sausage, pesto and pine nuts make a flavorful and quick dinner.  One skillet cooking makes clean up a breeze.

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Carbs are the best!  Don’t you agree?  They’re even better when stuffed with cheese.  Because everything’s better with cheese.  And bacon but I didn’t use bacon today.  I stepped it up and threw in some sausage.  Sausage is my bacon.  I love it more than any other pork product out there.  Crumbled….linked….patties….it’s all so yum.  And quick.

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Quick meals are king this time of year, when everyone is forced to adapt to new schedules.  Usually busy….very busy.  Much different from those lazy days of summer.  Summer is still here, but it’s leaving soon.  So, I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen….I want to soak up the sounds of the last remaining crickets at night and cling onto the remnants of summer with clenched fists.  So, I whip up dinners that take very little time like Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet and cheesy Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet.

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

This dinner is supper quick.  Everything is tossed into a skillet, mixed with a bit of basil pesto and then you eat it.  You can put it on a plate or just grab a fork.  You can throw the skillet on your kitchen table and let everyone fend for themselves OR you can be civilized and give each person their meal on a plate.  It’s entirely up to you.  How much time do you have on your hands?  How much summer do you want to soak in the next few weeks?

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

serve up this delicious dinner!!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 532 kcal


  • 1 pound cheese tortellini
  • 1 pound mild italian sausage
  • 1/2 vidalia onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, cook the tortellini until done, approximately 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • While the pasta is boiling, brown the sausage in a large skillet over med-high heat. Transfer the cooked sausage to a plate using a slotted spoon and drain off all but two tablespoons of fat. Add the onion to the pan and sauté until soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the sausage back to the pan and stir to combine. Add the pasta and pesto and toss gently to combine.
  • Top with grated parmesan cheese and toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately


Serving: 0gCalories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 20gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 975mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 600IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 2.6mg
Keyword pasta
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


21 comments on “Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto”

  1. I love carbs! And I love this tortellini. 🙂

  2. Mmmm this is perfect for those crazy nights which are like all the time. Love that you used sausage 🙂

  3. Quick, easy and hearty! A perfect meal for fall!

  4. Tortellini is one of those things that just makes everything better! Love this!

  5. Ahhh I love skillet meals – less dishes for me to wash!! This looks delicious!

  6. I second (and third) your declaration of carbs! Love all these ingredients!

  7. love love love this. so easy and I bet it has so much flavor, plus tortellini, even my picky kids like tortellini!

  8. Yes! Carbs are always the best!!! Especially loaded and stuffed with cheese!!!! This looks like it could be a favorite!! Saving this one!!!

  9. Now this is something the boyfriend and I would both enjoy! YUM!

  10. Never met a carb or a skillet meal I didn’t like. This looks amazing. Perfect comfort food situation!

  11. My mouth is watering– can I come over for dinner?!?

  12. we do tortellini with sausage all the time, but I never thought to use pesto with it. That sounds like a great weeknight dinner.

  13. I made this last night. It was absolutely delicious and fast. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. As everyone else states, great recipe! The only changes I made was using turkey sausage instead of pork, and since it has so little fat, I didn’t drain from the pan. I also added alittle worcestershire sauce, per some other reviewer suggestions. Will most definitely put in the “keeper” file… thank you so much! 

    • Thank you for your comment! The addition of worcestershire is a great suggestion and I will definitely be trying it with turkey sausage next time. Thanks again, Mark!

  15. You obviously added a green at the end but it’s omitted from the recipe. What did you add?

    • Hi Zerika! It’s just chopped parsley, more for color than for flavor. You can add it if you like but it’s not totally necessary. Thanks!

  16. This was SO easy and absolutely delicious!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.