Saturday Supper: Tortellini with Sausage

When S moved to his first apartment out of college his mom gave him Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" (which reminds me of the Simpsons episode with the "How to Cook for Humans" book). Inside the front cover she stuffed a couple dozen of his favorite recipes written on index cards. Since we first started to cook with each other in 2005, I've made lots of S's mom's recipes for him. I can't promise that I don't swap out ground turkey or beans for ground beef or that I haven't conveniently lost a particularly unhealthy recipe, but we've definitely tried them all.

This is one of the index card recipes that's on constant rotation. S loves this simple little meal so much that I'd venture to guess that there hasn't been a period of time when he hasn't had at least one tortellini and sausage meal in the freezer-full-of-dinners. And if he has, I've heard about it immediately.
The measurements in this recipe aren't exact. It has "lots" of pepper, so be liberal and adjust to taste.

Tortellini with Sausage
4-6 generous servings

2 packages tortellini (we use Barilla tortelloni)
1 lb package of sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, fresh or from the canister
5+ cloves garlic, minced (or a couple of big scoops of the jarred varied)
lots of fresh ground pepper

Cook the tortellini until al dente in salted water according to package instructions, reserve cooking water.

In a large deep sided skillet or "everyday" pan, cook the sausage, breaking into small bite-sized chunks as it cooks. When the meat is nearly cooked, add the garlic to the pan and cook until sausage is no longer pink. Add the yogurt and Parmesan, mixing until incorporated. Add lots of fresh ground pepper. Toss in the tortellini and mix gently to combine with the meat and cheese mixture, being careful not to break the tortellini, and adding pasta water to thin out the sauce, if needed. Serve with more fresh pepper and grated Parmesan.


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1 comment:

  1. looks good to pass up!
    Any left overs?
    (Good meal for a Sat. I usually do something quick tuna!)

    I wrote down recp. so I will "Attempt" this for the family.....
    thx for posting


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