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Tortellini with Spicy Sausage Ragu

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Tortellini with Spicy Sausage Ragu
8 servings Easy
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Ingredients (12)

  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pitted and sliced black olives, preferably kalamatas
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh cheese tortellini
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnishing
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories614
  • Fat33.91g
  • Saturated fat12.8g
  • Trans fat
  • Carbs50.76g
  • Fiber4.1g
  • Sugar6.5g
  • Protein25.52g
  • Cholesterol100.36mg
  • Sodium1208.7mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (8 servings) Powered by

A simple baked pasta dish in spicy Italian sausage ragu becomes something special when you use fresh cheese tortellini.


  1. 1Warm 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking it up, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a bowl, straining off any fat if necessary. Reduce the heat to medium and add a drizzle of olive oil (unless there is some fat in the pan) and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, olives, wine, balsamic, oregano, ground fennel, and red pepper flakes and stir to loosen any browned bits on the pan bottom. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, add the reserved sausage, and simmer about 10 minutes.
  2. 2While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the tortellini and cook according to the package directions. Drain well.
  3. 3Add the tortellini to the sauce and stir to coat. Re-warm over medium-low heat just until heated through. Serve, garnished with Parmesan.
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