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Italian Sausage and Cheese Tortellini with the Best Vodka Sauce

Impress your family and friends with this restaurant quality dish that comes together in an hour!

Italian Sausage and Cheese Tortellini with the Best Vodka Sauce

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Recipe by Jennifer Course: Main Courses, PastaCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

5

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Impress your family and friends with this restaurant quality dish that comes together in an hour!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 can / 28 oz crushed tomatoes

  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

  • 1 lb Italian sausage links, removed from casings (recommended Johnsonville, I like to use hot)

  • 1/2 cup vodka

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp sugar

  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

  • 1 tsp dill weed

  • 1 package/ 20 oz refrigerated cheese tortellini

  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese + more for serving

Directions

  • In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil, sautΓ© onion for 5 minutes adding in garlic for the last minute.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and chili powder.
  • Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.
  • While sauce is simmering, in a large skillet, brown and crumble sausage, try to leave the sausage in larger chunks.
  • When browned, remove with a slotted spoon to a dish lined with paper towels, set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, and cook tortellini according to package directions to al-dente.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • After 20 minutes, add vodka, salt, sugar, and freshly ground black pepper to the sauce.
  • Simmer and reduce (about 10 minutes).
  • Add cooked sausage to the sauce.
  • Add cream, parsley, and dill weed to sauce, reduce heat to low and simmer for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Toss the tortellini with the vodka sauce, peas, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Transfer to serving bowls and garnish each with more Parmesan cheese.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • If desired, substitute the peas for a 5 oz. bag of fresh baby spinach

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