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Tortellini with Sausage and Mascarpone

When I crave Italian comfort food on a busy night and don't have a lot of time to cook, this sausage tortellini skillet recipe is fast and yummy. You can have it on the table in less time than a takeout order. —Gerry Vance, Millbrae, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (20 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce with mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  • Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in pasta sauce; heat through.
  • Drain tortellini, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Add tortellini to sauce and enough reserved cooking water to reach desired consistency; toss to coat. Stir in Parmesan cheese; dollop with mascarpone cheese. If desired, sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 637 calories, 37g fat (17g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 1040mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein.

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