Turkey Sausage Tortellini with Brussels

How did this turkey sausage tortellini with brussels sprouts dinner come to be you ask? Well let me tell you about what happens at the end of the week.... By the end of the week, every week, I feel like I deserve to treat myself to a slightly "bad" meal - why is that!? It generally coincides with not having a set dinner plan and thus letting my mind run wild with all the delicious options out there, as opposed to when I have a plan for dinner that's all I'm focused on. Anywho, the night before a trip I wasn't really in the mood to do a ton of dishes and clean the kitchen after cooking but I had a hankering for tortellini and figured it might be nice to make something I could freeze and eat early next week when I get home and don't have all my meals prepped. So without further ado, here's what I made!

I'm sort of obsessed with Turkey Sausage right now as you can see in this post, this post, and this post - but I wanted to change it up a little:

What I used:

  • 4 Turkey Sausages (2 spicy, 2 mild - I only used two of them in total last night and froze the cooked leftovers)
  • 1 jar Whole Foods Marinara sauce (used 2/3 of the jar and froze the rest)
  • 1 bag of brussels (used half, froze half)
  • 1 package of Bertagni 4 Cheese Tortellini (used half, froze half)
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves

How I did it:

  1. For the Sausage, I roasted 4 of them in the oven at 400 for 45 minutes and then sliced the sausage up to toss with my pasta.
  2. For the brussels, I sliced them nice and thin, you can do this wit a knife or a mandolin, then placed them on a baking sheet with oil/salt/pep and roasted at 400 for about 15-20 minutes then removed form the oven until ready to toss with the pasta.
  3. Finally, I bought these yummy 4 cheese tortellini which I cooked for 1-2 minutes at a medium boil. Once ready I drained and added the sausage & brussels and gave it a toss.
  4. For the sauce, I wish I had made my own because the one below wasn't really my favorite but I got a little lazy. I added 2/3 of this jar to my pasta/sausage/brussels mix  and served it up with a bunch of fresh basil.

TIP: To make a meal that uses jarred sauces feel a little more homemade, add fresh herbs or citrus to brighten the meal in a super simple way.