This is an amazing fast and easy dish with a gourmet flare!
So, I have never had tortellini until now. I have to tell you, I am super mad at myself for not having it sooner. I am a pasta FIEND! I love just about everything pasta. I especially love fresh pasta. Have you ever had fresh pasta? Trust me, you are missing out on an amazing experience if you haven’t. There is a huge difference between harden pasta from a box, than pasta that has been made the same day. If you are in the Cincinnati area one of the best local places to go for fresh pasta is Pompodori. All of the pasta made the same day and I promise that you will taste the difference and love me for suggesting the place.
Now, let’s get back to the tortellini experience. I absolutely love it. In fact, I think I am going to cook with it more often. You can do so many things with tortellini. You can fry it, bake it, and even put it into soups. I absolute can’t believe the versatility of this ingredient. I love food like that! I love when you can take one thing and recreate it a million different ways. It means that you will never get tired. It means that you will love it for ever and ever! Kind of like chicken! If we could all get paid a dollar for the many chicken recipes out there in the world we would all be living large and in charge. You know what I mean?
If you don’t now, you will once you have tried this recipe. My mind is still racing with all the meal options that I can create using tortellini. If you are wondering what it tastes like It’s like a soft pillow of cheesy goodness. Tortellini is soft and, oddly enough, creamy. The texture of the tortellini makes you slow down and enjoy the meal. You wont be able to rush through this because you can immediately taste the delicacy of the tortellini. That is just one part of the dish! Then there is the sausage and that back flavor of the Asiago cheese that make this dish a home run. For the sausage, I recommend going to a butcher and get the sausage there. You can always use brands like Johnsonville and Oscar Meyer, but for that gourmet touch, I highly recommend getting local made sausage. I went to my new favorite grocery store, Fresh Thyme, and purchased their Chicken Parmesan and Basil Sausage. It was perfect! So, if you are looking for something that is slightly romantic or something to impress this dish is perfect. It takes only about 30 minutes! I know you love me!
- 1 lb. link sausage (use whatever flavor you want)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 12 oz. Traditional pasta sauce
- ¼ c. white wine
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1½ tsp. oregano leaves
- 1½ tsp. basil leaves
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1½ c. heavy cream
- 1 c. Asiago Cheese, grated
- 1.5 lbs. Three Cheese Tortellini (refrigerated)
- Slice your sausage into medium thick slices. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat and begin to cook the sausage for 10 minutes and until cooked. Set aside once the sausage is finished cooking.
- In a large shallow pan or pot, add the traditional pasta sauce to the pan on low to medium heat. Once the sauce begins to simmer add the white wine and minced garlic. allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add the seasonings to the sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano leaves, basil leaves, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Allow to simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Now add the heavy cream and stir until well blended and add the asiago cheese and stir continuously until cheese is melted. Now add the tortellini and sausage to the sausage and stir until well coated. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes and serve.