Three Cheese Tortellini with Sausage, Fennel and Tomato Cream

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  • Total: 30 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Two 9-ounce packages Three Cheese Tortellini

12 ounces sweet Italian sausage, crumbled

1 bulb fennel, cored, thinly sliced, ¼ cup chopped fronds

1 shallot, halved, thinly sliced

¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

½ cup white wine

1 cup half & half

½ cup Buitoni marinara sauce

¼ cup grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons chopped basil


  1. Cook tortellini according to directions, reserving ½ cup water.
  2. Brown sausage in a large nonstick skillet, stirring occasionally, 7 minutes. Add fennel, shallots and pepper flakes, stirring until softened, 4 minutes. Add wine; simmer until evaporated slightly, 3 minutes.
  3. Add half & half and marinara; simmer, 5 minutes. Add tortellini, Parmesan, basil and fennel fronds. Stir to coat. Adjust sauce with reserved pasta water.
  4. Divide into serving bowls.
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