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Easy Tortellini Dinner for Busy Weeknights

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This Easy Tortellini Dinner is my absolute favorite go-to emergency meal because it’s not only fast and easy, it’s also easy to dress up for company. Even better, it’s a meal that everyone in the family loves so I can serve it without worrying about complaints (hurray for pasta dishes!).

tortellini dinner in a white bowl with a bowl of salad, wedge of cheese, slice of bread and sauce in the background

Some nights in our family are pure chaos. Between practices and lessons, we might have a 30 minute window to squeeze in dinner together as a family.

If I’ve planned well, we have a slow cooker meal ready to eat when we get home from picking everyone up from the first round of activities so that we have plenty of time to eat and clean up before dashing out for the second round of activities.

About half the time I forget to start the crock pot in the morning and thus, end up scrambling to get a home cooked meal on the table. Luckily, I have a few go-to meals, whose ingredients I almost always have on hand.

white bowl filled with tortellini and sausage and topped with pasta sauce

This tortellini recipe is one of those. I also rely on this recipe for impromptu dinner guests (who show up a lot thanks to my husband’s habit of inviting anyone and everyone to join us for dinner when he runs into them on the way home).

It’s quick, easy, versatile, and delicious. Plus, it’s easy to keep all of the main ingredients on hand so that you can make it any night on a moment’s notice.

tortellini dinner in a white bowl with a fork next to it and a bowl of salad, wedge of cheese, slice of bread in the background

The Importance of Go-To Family Meals

Our family dinner conversations are the highlight of my days. This is the one time during the day when we are all in one place and paying attention to one another.

As a military family, the only stability we’ve had is our connection to one another. We’ve lived in different cities with different climates, had different friends and neighbors, and attended different schools.

Our bond to one another is our version of planting roots and our family dinners together are an integral part of that foundation. Whether your family is military or not, I firmly believe that sitting down to enjoy dinner as a family is the single best thing you can do to strengthen your parent/child relationship.

The simple act of eating together sends an important message — that each member is making family a priority at least once a day. It’s also an opportunity to teach and enforce other values.

We don’t get the same face-to-face experience if we’re cramming down fast food in the car. That’s why it’s really important to me to have fast and convenient go-to family meals like this easy tortellini dinner.

tortellini dinner in a white bowl with a bowl of salad, wedge of cheese, bread and sauce in the background

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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How to Make an Easy Tortellini Dinner

There aren’t many ingredients in this recipe, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. You’ll need:

  • Frozen Cheese Tortellini
  • Italian Sausage (I use Italian turkey sausage)
  • Mezzetta Marinara Sauce (I used Italian Plum Tomato)

Since there are only 3 ingredients, choose them wisely. I’ve specified Mezzetta Marinara sauce because it is the closest thing to homemade sauce in my opinion.

In fact, it’s far better than any homemade sauce I’ve ever created. A quick glance at the ingredient list is like reading the start of a recipe: Italian plum tomatoes from Italy’s San Marzano region, extra virgin olive oil, fresh onions, sea salt, fresh garlic, black pepper, spices, fresh basil.

Plus, with delicious varieties like Caramelized Onion & Butter and Truffle, Porcini & Cream, you are bound to find a flavor that delights your family’s taste buds. The Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil is out of this world and actually contains whole cloves of garlic and whole basil leaves.

I use the Italian Plum Tomato in this recipe because I like to keep the flavor profile simple, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

four jars of different flavors of Mezzetta marinara sauce

Optional ingredients you can add:

  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Mushroom Slices
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Roasted Red Peppers

Suggested toppings:

  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Crushed Red Peppers
  • Fresh Basil

Preparing the dinner is as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Broil or Grill the Italian Sausage: Grill or broil in the oven for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Then, slice into 1/2 inch pieces.

2. Boil the Tortellini: Cook the tortellini according to instructions on package.

3. Heat the Sauce: Heat in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in any of the optional ingredients you want to include.

a white bowl filled with sausage and tortellini and topped with marinara sauce

Voila! This delicious weeknight dinner is on the table in 20 minutes. If you have the time, you can round out the meal with a salad and some bread.

tortellini dinner in a white bowl next to a fork with a bowl of salad, slices of bread in the background, all on a red placemat

Do you want to simplify this recipe even more? Skip the Italian sausage and buy Italian sausage stuffed tortellini!

Are you a vegetarian? Use spinach tortellini or mushroom tortellini and omit the Italian sausage.

a fork stuck in a tortellini above a white bowl filled with more torellini

Here is the recipe card if you prefer to print the recipe or want detailed measurements.

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📋 Recipe

Tortellini with Mezzetta Sauce

Easy Tortellini Dinner

Corinne Schmitt
If you're in a rush, this is a great recipe to make.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 424 kcal


  • 1 20 oz pkg frozen tortellini
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 16.25 oz jar of Mezzetta marinara sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Optional ingredients:

  • artichoke hearts
  • sliced mushrooms
  • roasted red pepper slices
  • sun dried tomatoes


  • grated parmesan
  • crushed red pepper
  • fresh basil


  • Grill or broil sausage for 12 minutes, flipping over halfway through cook time. Let cool slightly, then slice into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Drain tortellini and return to pot. Drizzle olive oil over tortellini and stir to coat.
  • Pour sauce and any optional ingredients into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Spoon tortellini into bowls and top with a generous portion of sauce.
  • Serve immediately. Top with parmesan, crushed red pepper and basil if desired.


Calories: 424kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 16gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 831mgPotassium: 287mgSugar: 1gVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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22 thoughts on “Easy Tortellini Dinner for Busy Weeknights”

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  2. that looks delicious, I guess my picky eaters would love this recipe.

  3. Anything pasta , i love it . This tortellini surely makes me crave for it now. Thank you for this recipe. The mozzarella is so good in it.

  4. As a busy mom, I’m always looking for a new and easy recipe. Thank’s for sharing.

  5. I love the addition of the artichoke hearts. Olives are popular around here as well. The turkey sausage is better than pork. You did a great job on short notice. Thanks for sharing.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
    Finding Humour in Everyday Life

  6. good and interesting meal, quick and easy. i might try that someday

  7. Things have been so crazy, easy dinners are perfect. Love that it is easy and not from a box.

  8. This looks like something my kids would totally love, thank you so much.

  9. Thanks for the recipe. I love trying different food that is fast and easy to prepare.

  10. I love artichokes but have never added them to tortellini. Sounds great!

  11. I buy the spinach tortellin with cheese and my kids don’t even know the difference. lol and I dont tell them. yummy

  12. I am now officially HUNGRY after reading this, Sounds yummy!!

  13. Yum, that looks awesome and doesn’t look too hard to make either. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Now, that looks really good! Thank you for sharing the recipe, will try this out.

  15. I really like cooking with those turkey sausages especially since my daughter declared she will not eat pork anymore. This would be a great weeknight dinner

  16. Oh, yummy! I’m go to do this with some olives and hot peper too! I can’t seem to keep blak olives in my house for very long, but I hope I have some so I can try this tonite.

    My husbnd is getting sik of lumpia, and this looks prety eesy. Mayb I can make it before he get home and he think it is a super hard gormet meal.

    Thanks for the piktures!

  17. It’s always nice to have those easy go-to meals on those days when you forget, things are rushed, or you just have no idea what to make!

    This recipe sounds absolutely delicious 🙂

  18. Instead of the sausage I might try this with hamburger (tiny meatballs)-


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