Special Gift Offer

Close

Lunch / Dinner

Creamy Sausage Tortellini

It doesn’t get much more comforting, or simple, than this creamy, Italian sausage tomato sauce. Mostly hands off, this sauce simmers away in the slow cooker and develops incredible tomato flavor. Then cream cheese is melted in at the end for undeniable creaminess. Delicious served over tortellini, this simple, creamy meat sauce can be served over any pasta you have on hand.

Share Recipe

Ingredients

HEAT:

STIR IN:

COOK:

STIR:

Test Kitchen Tip

This coarse pork sausage, seasoned with fennel or anise seed, comes in two styles: spicy (with red pepper flakes) or sweet (without), and is sold in links or bulk. Either works here, but remove casing from links before cooking

Instructions

Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium-high. Add sausage and sauté until cooked through. Add onions and garlic; cook 2–3 minutes.

Stir in tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Stir in crushed tomatoes and broth, scraping up any brown bits; transfer to a 4- to 6-qt. slow cooker.

Cover slow cooker and cook sauce on low setting, 3 hours.

Cook tortellini according to package directions.

Stir cream cheese and basil into slow cooker just before serving, allowing cream cheese to melt; serve over tortellini.

Creamy-Sausage-Tortellini-Step1

Add tomato paste to the sausage for depth of flavor, but cook it to get rid of the raw flavor.

Creamy-Sausage-Tortellini-Step2

For the most flavor, be sure to scrape up any of the brown bits on the bottom of the pan.

Creamy-Sausage-Tortellini-Step3

For the creamiest texture, add the cream cheese just before serving and stir until it melts.

Nutritional Facts

Share Recipe:

Equipment/Special Ingredients Needed

Want to give this recipe a try?

Check out our recommendations for the necessary equipment and ingredients to make this recipe. All products featured on Cuisine at Home are independently selected by our editors; we may earn an affiliate commission from qualifying purchases through our links.

Latest Cuisine Issue Cover

Subscribe Today and Receive a Free Bonus Book!

Subscribe!

You May Also Like

Looking for a little more inspiration or ideas? With appetizer, snack, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, side dish, drink, and dessert recipes, from grilling and barbecue to slow cooked, make ahead, and everything in between, we aim to help you in your cooking endeavors with straightforward and flavorful recipes.

Lunch / Dinner

Greek Penne Pastitsio

Lunch / Dinner

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

Lunch / Dinner

Slow-Cooker Deep-Dish Pizza