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This delicious One Pan Creamy Chicken Sausage Tortellini is the perfect easy meal for busy weeknights, and it’s ready in just 20 minutes!

My family is crazy about tortellini — well, all except my super picky teen. And whenever I ask them what I should make for dinner, someone always suggests chicken tortellini  or kielbasa tortellini. They’re both quick and easy one pot meals, and they’re both covered in a creamy cheese sauce.

So when I was grocery shopping the other day, they were handing out some samples and coupons for smoked Italian chicken sausages, and of course, I couldn’t say no. I’m bad about that. So, I bought the sausage and a package of tortellini, and I decided to make this one pan chicken sausage tortellini.


Since the sausage is smoked, this one dish dinner takes only 20 minutes on the stove, so it’s perfect for busy days when you don’t have time or energy to make something complicated. I have a lot of those days!

I made an easy tomato cream sauce for the pasta, and I also added some sun dried tomatoes for extra flavor. I absolutely love sun dried tomatoes, but if you can’t find them or don’t want to use them, don’t worry about it. The dish will still taste amazing!


I also threw in a little bit of shredded Parm to help thicken the sauce and give it a little bit of cheesy goodness. And that’s pretty much all there is to it. This tortellini pasta dish is creamy, smooth and packed with flavor. And it’s also kid approved!

one pan creamy chicken sausage tortellini recipe

How to Make One Pan Creamy Chicken Sausage Tortellini

5 from 2 votes

One Pan Creamy Chicken Sausage Tortellini

By: Dee
Creamy chicken sausage tortellini made with tortellini and chicken sausage with sun dried tomatoes and cooked in a delicious tomato cream sauce. Cooks in just one pan for easy clean-up and takes just 20 minutes to make!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package smoked chicken sausage, sliced thin (about 2 cups)
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 20-oz package tortellini pasta
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • sun dried tomatoes (optional)
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
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  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage and garlic over medium heat until slightly golden brown
  • Add the tortellini, marinara sauce and water, cover and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until tortellini is soft 
  • Reduce heat to medium, and stir in cream, sun dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese
  • Cook until sauce starts to thicken slightly
  • Top with fresh parsley, if desired, and serve


Calories: 230kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Italian
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One Pan Creamy Chicken Sausage Tortellini with Sund Dried Tomatoes

I hope you’ll enjoy this easy one pan creamy tortellini chicken sausage recipe — we sure did! You can serve it with a simple side salad or toss some veggies in with the pasta. It’s good either way.

Happy Cooking, friends!


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  1. Raven says:

    Okay, so I made this tonight, and not only is it super simple and delicious, but this is one of the rare recipes out there that actually serves the amount that it directs. I thought “Oh, it says it’ll only serve six, so I’ll just double it for our meal prepping” and that was the INCORRECT move, I had to bring my neighbors to help us get rid of a portion, and my boyfriend and I now have four days worth of pasta leftovers after having two servings and giving away another two servings. Honestly? It’s so worth it.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      SO glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for the wonderful review!

  2. vicky says:

    Instead of heavy cream could i use alfredo sauce?

    1. Dee says:

      I haven’t tried that, but it should work.

  3. Aimee Tubbs says:

    My kids love this recipe! They call it orange pasta 🙂

    1. Dee says:

      That’s wonderful, Aimee! So glad they like it — Thanks!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I made this tonight with a few tweaks. I used smoked Italian chicken sausage, and 15 oz can of sauce with 1 cup of water. I also used 9 oz of tortellini with 11 oz of raviollini (small ravioli) and I left out the sun dried tomatoes. It was a hit! My 4 year old even cleaned his plate. This is going into the weeknight dinner rotation. Thank you!

    1. Dee says:

      So happy you liked the recipe, Stephanie!

  5. Jessica says:

    Can you use ravioli?

    1. Dee says:

      I’ve never tried it, but I’m pretty sure you can.

  6. Krista says:

    Added to my menu for this week! I love it!