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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Bake

Easy weeknight dinners are always a hit with families.
This Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Bake will rank right up there!

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If you're like me, I've been cooking a LOT during this quarantine process.  We're home, so I cook!  It's as simple as that.  Until our lives gets back to normal and we're on the road traveling to various activities, you'll more than likely find me in the kitchen.

Some days I enjoy that, some days I do not.

Serve breakfast, eat breakfast, clean up breakfast.  Serve lunch, eat lunch, clean up lunch.  Prep dinner, serve dinner, eat dinner, clean up dinner.  After that circus, my day is pretty much spent!  

Minus Friday nights - those have been deemed "take out" nights.  This mama needs a break from the kitchen and we need something to look forward to.  We've been rotating between our local pizza joint, Chinese, sub sandwich shop, local cafe and burger joint.

It makes for a nice rotation! 

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If there's one meal I can always count on getting cheers from the kids, it is pasta.  Any kind of pasta.  They love it and I often love it because it's easy to throw together.

This dish is about as simple as it gets!

The last time I was in the grocery store I grabbed a bag of refrigerated cheese tortellini as I walked by on my way to other items.  It looked yummy and I knew it would be an easy meal for us.

Instead of just dumping some sauce on it, I got a bit more creative.  And it worked!  We loved this dish.

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I mixed a big jar of marinara sauce with some softened cream cheese - which makes an incredible, creamy "pink sauce" for pasta.  Have you ever tried this?

It's just a little bit different and a little creamy - and well, we could all use a little change up in our lives right about now, so that is what I did.  We also have a full deep freeze of fresh pork, so I added pork sausage to give it a bit of spice, then of course loaded it will all the cheeses.

Mozzarella and Parmesan - a great combo!

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We ate this for dinner with a side salad and then the kids and I ate it again for lunch the next day.  See what I did there?  I made enough to extend it for lunch the next day - which takes away the prep of another meal.  

Easy on Mom, yet know one notices.

This dish will definitely be one on rotation in our house - it's so easy!

cheesy sausage tortellini bake #sweetsavoryeats

I'd love to hear what you think of this one - especially if you have a family to feed - EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Hey, I'm all about trying to make your lives less complicated in the meal department.  I hope this easy dinner helps.  Tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} if you make this and I'll be sure to share!

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini Bake

Cheesy Sausage Torellini Bake
Yield: 12
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 35 M
This simple pasta bake comes together quick for a weeknight dinner. Cheesy marinara is mixed with crumbled sausage, cheese tortellini and you guessed it, then topped with more cheese!


  • 20 oz bag cheese tortellini
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 24 oz jarred marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


How to cook Cheesy Sausage Torellini Bake

  1. In a large, rimmed skillet over medium high heat, crumble the ground sausage and cook until the juices run clear.  Drain off any grease and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile in a large pot, fill with water and bring to a boil.  Cook the tortellini for just 3-4 minutes, a bit under done, drain and set aside.
  3. Place the cooked sausage back into the skillet.  Add in the softened cream cheese and marinara sauce.  Stir until melted and combined.  Then layer in the cooked tortellini, tossing gently to coat.
  4. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  Pour in the tortellini mixture.  Top with the two shredded cheeses.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees until just golden brown and all cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Serve warm.
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