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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


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.  I made this one pot creamy kielbasa tortellini — an easy dinner recipe!


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?


New! If you have an Instant Pot, try Instant Pot creamy kielbasa tortellini!

instant pot creamy kielbasa tortellini with peas on spoon

How to Make One Pot Creamy Kielbasa Tortellini

4.95 from 36 votes

One Pot Creamy Kielbasa Tortellini

By: Dee
Smoked sausage and cheese tortellini and peas in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 pound kielbasa thinly sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 20-ounce package of cheese tortellini
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped parsley optional
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  • 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
  • Uncover to let liquids reduce. 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 refrigerated, fresh tortellini or 2 9-ounce packages. I used Buitoni brand. Using less than that will affect results. 
Sauce will be on the thin side. 


Calories: 200kcal

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

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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One Pot Creamy Kielbasa Tortellini




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  1. Sandra Sabin says:

    I swapped kielbasa for hot Italian sausage, and cream for milk.. amazing!!5 stars

  2. Claire says:

    I thought this was great. Changes I did was used smoked keilbasa onions, smoke paprika, dano’s creole seasoning and broccoli.5 stars

  3. Persiasbloom says:

    Yum! I had to make some alterations because of what I had on hand but it still came out delicious. I only had a 9 oz pack of tortellini so I had to halve the recipe. I used half of a 13 oz pack of Hillshire Farm Turkey Kielbasa that I seasoned with Dan-o’s and fried in a little oil and butter. Didn’t have Dijon mustard so I used French’s Creamy Roasted Garlic Mustard Spread. In place of the heavy cream, I used 3 oz of cream cheese and half a 10 oz can of Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup. I used broccoli as my vegetable. This was so easy and quick and filling 👍🏽🙂5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for sharing your variations!

  4. Saratina Holland says:

    Is this refrigerated tortellini?

    1. Dee says:

      Yes. Fresh tortellini in the refrigerated section.

  5. Phil kopiec says:

    This was really easy and good. Only deviation was instead all 3 cups water I used 2 cups water 1 cup chicken broth.

    Thanks5 stars

  6. Rob says:

    I just made this. Easy and really good. Thanks.5 stars

  7. Robin says:

    I wanted to make kielbasa with tortellini but had no recipes, then I found yours. I didn’t have all the ingredients so I tweaked it and made a completely different version. It was so good. I sauteed some onions with salt, pepper and garlic powder for about 2 mins, then added the sliced kielbasa until it was slightly browned. I added 2 cups of water and then a 10 oz bag of cheese tortellini on a high simmer along with some Montreal seasoning. Once it reduced down I added a can of no salt diced tomatoes and a drained can of green beans and finished simmering. It smelled so good. To top it off I added some grated parmesan cheese. Amazing! Thanks for the idea. I wish I could add the picture I took.

  8. Jami says:

    My family liked this. I did not use all the cream.4 stars

  9. Stef says:

    Great recipe! Family loved it and had everything on had. Perfect for a quick dinner.5 stars