Andouille Sausage Tortellini Skillet Meal is an easy one pan meal that's ready in 30 minutes. Andouille sausage and cheese tortellini are coated in a cheesy tomato sauce.
You'll love this andouille sausage tortellini skillet meal because it requires only a few ingredients and it's ready in less than 30 minutes. Plus, it's all cooked in a single saute pan!
Andouille sausage is a hot, cajun sausage that adds a ton of flavor to this dish. It pairs perfectly with cheese tortellini and a creamy cheese sauce. Andouille sausage also makes an appearance in my corn chowder recipe!
If you are not a fan of spicy or hot sausage, feel free to substitute with your favorite sausage instead. Italian sausage or chorizo would both make great substitutes.
Keep in mind that substituting sausage for an unseasoned meat means you'll want to add additional seasoning to the dish. The andouille sausage adds a lot of flavor because it is already seasoned with garlic, pepper, onions, and spices.
If substituting with an unseasoned meat, I suggest adding ¼ teaspoon of paprika and ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes for extra flavor.
Thickening your sauce
There is something magical about pasta skillet meals. You don't need any sort of thickener, like flour or cornstarch, to make your sauce.
Because your pasta is cooked in the same pan, it releases starch into the liquid, which helps to thicken the sauce. No extra ingredients required!
If you follow the measurements exactly, your skillet meal should have the perfect amount of liquid needed for the pasta in the recipe. If your sauce looks thin, allow it to rest for 5 minutes after cooking.
Your sauce will continue to thicken as it stands, because your pasta is continually absorbing liquid. If your sauce gets too thick, you can always add a splash of broth or water to thin it back out.
This cajun tortellini meal keeps well as a leftover and can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
Andouille Sausage Tortellini Skillet Meal
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 12 ounces andouille sausage sliced into bite size pieces
- 1 small onion diced
- 14.5 ounces canned petite diced tomatoes
- 8 ounces chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 10 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- In a sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil. When hot, add sliced andouille sausage and onions and cook until sausage is browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.
- Add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and tortellini. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover, and reduce to medium-low heat. Cook until pasta is al dente (check your pasta package's cooking directions for exact times). Most of the liquid should be absorbed in this step.
- Remove lid and add heavy cream. Stir and cook until warmed through, about a minute.
- Remove from heat. Add cheddar cheese, stir, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Sauce will continue to thicken as it rests.
- Optionally, add scallions or chives as a garnish.
- Refrigerated cheese tortellini can be substituted with frozen or dried tortellini. If using dried, you may need to add an extra splash of liquid to the pan while your pasta cooks.
- Andouille sausage can be substituted with your favorite type of sausage - chorizo or Italian sausage are great choices.
- If your sauce looks thin, allow it to set for 5 minutes. The pasta will continually absorb liquid as it sits.