My husband was the first man (first person, really) that I ever cooked for. We started dating on December 31, 2010, and it was my New Year’s resolution for 2011 to learn how to cook. Prior to 2011, I never cooked and all I had in my fridge were Diet Cokes, Grey Goose vodka and bagged salads. I still remember the first dish I made for my husband – it was a chocolate hazelnut banana french toast.
So he’s been my guinea pig from day 1, and he’s witnessed and experienced the evolution and improvement of my cooking. From that very first French toast, to date night steak dinners for two, and now to Vietnamese food and family meals.
My husband is very appreciative of my cooking skills and thanks me after every meal. I am appreciate of the fact that he will eat anything, because let me tell you, there have been times where my cooking experiments have gone awry and some of the meals are barely edible. My husband is a small town Saskatchewan boy so he’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I’ll make a fancy tagliatelle short rib bolognese and he’ll compliment it and eat it, but he’ll devour and rave over a simple steak and mashed potatoes dinner. Lately there’s been one very simple, very quick Italian sausage tortellini recipe that I make that he just loves. I made it the other day and he said “thank you for making my favourite meal”. I mean, that makes me feel great but why do I bother making fancy meals when this 20 minute meal makes him that happy?!
This pasta recipe is basically all packaged ingredients thrown together so prep time is minimal. All you need is a package of Johnsonville mild Italian sausage (I buy the ground version, not the actually sausage version), a package of Olivieri fresh filled pasta (I buy the one filled with Italian sausage), a jar of marinara sauce, some spinach or other type of greens, some chicken broth, an onion, a couple cloves of garlic and some olive oil. The greens are optional but I try to sneak vegetables and greens into every meal that we have and they do add a nice pop of colour to the dish.
Follow the instructions below and you have a quick and filling meal that literally takes 20 minutes to make! It’s such a simple meal that I pair it with one of our favourite wines, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, just to elevate it a bit! Give this recipe and the wine a try and let me know what you think!
Italian Sausage TortelliniPrint Recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 package of Johnsonville mild Italian Sausage, ground
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jar of marinara sauce or tomato pasta sauce (any brand will do). I typically buy the Catelli brand in the 640 ml jar.
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 package Olivieri fresh filled pasta (I buy the Italian sausage filled kind)
- two handfuls of spinach, kale, or arugula (or a mix!)
Heat the olive oil in a large pot or pan on medium high heat. Add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes.
Add the package of Johnsonville ground Italian sausage and the garlic, and cook until the sausage is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
Add the package of Olivieri fresh pasta, the marinara sauce, and the chicken broth and stir.
Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
Uncover, and add a couple handfuls of your greens of choice and stir them in until they are wilted.
Dish up and serve with a nice glass of wine!