Monday, March 23, 2009

Homemade Tortellini with Tomato and Chicken Sausage Sauce

Last night the Champion and I had homemade tortellini for dinner. It took forever to make. Fortunately, the Champion helped to roll the pasta (using our cherry red Imperia pasta machine) and fill the shells. We probably wouldn't have eaten until 9 pm if I didn't have his help.

Aren't they cute? The tortellini were filled with a mixture of ricotta, parmesan and mozzerella. They were really good.

The sauce I served with the pasta was easy to make. It's straight from my brain, so I'll take credit for it.

Large can of whole tomatoes
Half bag of spinach
Spicy chicken sausage links (we bought ours at Trader Joe's)
Garlic (chopped)
1/4 cup cream

To make the sauce I browned two sausage links in olive oil. When the sausage was cooked, I removed them from the pan and added the chopped garlic. I sauteed it for a minute and then added the spinach. I cooked the spinach for about three minutes and then added the tomatoes and juices from the can (the Champion has proposed reducing the amount of liquid the next time we make this recipe - I think that might be a good idea). I tore the tomatoes apart with a knife and fork. I let the garlic, tomatoes and spinach simmer for 8 minutes and then added the sausage (which I cut into little circles). I let the mixture continue to simmer for a few more minutes and then I added 1/4 cup of cream.

It tasted fine, but something was missing. A little sugar might do the trick. I'll let you know the next time I try it...


  1. I'm impressed with the sauce creation. It looks fantastic. Whenever "creation" happens in our house, it's always Joe, and it's almost always scary. Not just not good. Scary.

  2. Remember when Joe made that beer bread at GAC? I know he used a recipe, but that bread was amazing. Maybe he should just stick to recipes. :)