This One Pot Creamy Kielbasa Tortellini is smothered in a light cheddar cheese sauce and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Even picky eaters love it!
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted a recipe for a one dish meal, and that’s been way too long! I think I may be slightly addicted to these easy dinners, but they get the job done. Now that the kids are back in school, my energy level is at zero by dinnertime. And with homework, there’s not a lot of time to spend washing dishes, so these one-dish wonders, as the Hubs calls them, are perfect!
I usually make these meals with chicken or beef, but this time I wanted something completely different. I grew up eating kielbasa, or Polish sausage, but we don’t have it that often. And when we do have it, I usually make it with fried potatoes, or with haluski, or I serve it like a hot dog, in a bun. The kids like it though, and since it’s already cooked, it doesn’t take long at all to make.
If you’re a Polish sausage fan, you might like these quick and easy kielbasa recipes
- Polish Sausage Dogs
- Kielbasa Sauerkraut Sliders
- Kielbasa and Haluski
- Sheet Pan BBQ Smoked Sausage
- Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage Dinner
So the other day, my little guy asked for chicken tortellini, and since I had made that earlier in the week, I decided to combine kielbasa with the tortellini and see how the family liked it.
Tortellini needs a creamy sauce, and since cheddar cheese goes so well with kielbasa, I made a light creamy cheddar cheese sauce to coat the pasta and meat. I also added some frozen peas and a dash of fresh parsley to add a little more color to the dish.
I love using onions and garlic, and I usually use fresh. But, we were in a time crunch, so I opted to use dried onions and garlic, instead. If you have some extra time, by all means use the fresh. But there’s nothing wrong with using dried spices!
My family is divided about cheese. Some love it, and some don’t. The first time I made this one pot kielbasa tortellini skillet, I used about 3 cups of cheese, and some folks said that was way too cheesy. Of course, the cheese lovers thought it was just right!
This time, I only added 2 cups of cheddar cheese, and it was creamier, but just a tad less cheesy. Everyone loved it though, and there were no complaints. It’s creamy, slightly smoky, cheesy and just a wonderfully satisfying meal.
And because you cook it all in one pot, clean up is super easy, as well! Happy mom, happy life, right?
How to Make One Pot Creamy Kielbasa Tortellini
- 1 pound kielbasa thinly sliced
- 3 cups water
- 1 20- oz package of cheese tortellini
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup frozen peas
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Chopped parsley optional
- In a large skillet, heat the kielbasa until warm
- Add the tortellini, water, onions, paprika and garlic powder
- Cover, and cook on high, stirring occasionally, until tortellini is almost done
- Stir in the peas
- Reduce heat to medium low, and stir in the mustard, cream and cheddar cheese
- When cheese melts, top with chopped parsley, if using, and serve
This recipe calls for 1 20-ounce package of tortellini or 2 9-ounce packages. I used Buitoni brand. Using less than that will affect results.
Sauce will be on the thin side. For a thicker sauce, use 2 cups of water, instead of 3 cups.
Have a wonderful day, friends!