Tortellini with Sausage and Mascarpone

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 17, 2023
When I crave Italian comfort food on a busy night and don't have a lot of time to cook, this dish is a lifesaver. It's fast and yummy and starts with a premade jarred sauce, but then makes it much more special with just a few key additions. You can have it on the table in less time than a takeout order. —Gerry Vance, Millbrae, California
Tortellini with Sausage and Mascarpone Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (20 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce with mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in pasta sauce; heat through.
  2. Drain tortellini, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Add tortellini to sauce with enough reserved cooking water to reach desired consistency; toss to coat. Stir in Parmesan cheese; dollop with mascarpone cheese. If desired, sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 637 calories, 37g fat (17g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 1040mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein.