Creamy Sausage Mushroom Fennel Tortellini

This creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini is packed full of all your favorite Italian flavors. Ready in just 45 minutes and perfect for the weeknight dinner rush.

This creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini is packed full of all your favorite Italian flavors. Ready in just 45 minutes and perfect for the weeknight dinner rush.

Who doesn’t love a Monday that starts with pasta? Not just any pasta though. This pasta is PACKED full of spicy Italian sausage, mushrooms, fennel, spinach and of course instead of boring pasta I used cheesy tortellini. Basically I just made your Monday about a billion times better.

Now, in other news the time has changed and it’s November. This basically means people will be ditching pumpkins for tinsel and it’s about to get all Christmas up in here. Well…not here. Mostly because I still believe in the whole “we don’t get excited for Christmas until after Thanksgiving” camp. I guess you could say I’m living it up old school. Oh and the whole time change nonsense I mentioned before – HATE IT! It’s currently 8:30pm but feel like it’s midnight. Will it ever feel normal again?


This creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini is packed full of all your favorite Italian flavors. Ready in just 45 minutes and perfect for the weeknight dinner rush.

Ok wait. I lied to you.

As much as I hate all the holiday decorations in the store, Christmas music on the radio and people ringing for bells asking for change before Thanksgiving there is one thing I love – super cheesy holiday movies. You know the ones. You can find them on Hallmark, ABC Family and sometimes Lifetime. I will happily sit back and watch these movies all. year. long. I know they are predicable but thats part of the joy. I know what I’m getting into when I start them.

PLUS I’m such a sucker for the Christmas movies where people get to see a life they could have had if things worked out differently. They bump their heads and wake up in an old life. It’s so great when they realize they really love their old life and just want to go home. If you’re rolling your eyes at my right now it’s ok. I’m fully aware that my choice in movies can be described as somewhat horrible.

This creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini is packed full of all your favorite Italian flavors. Ready in just 45 minutes and perfect for the weeknight dinner rush.

Now, something this is not horrible is this tortellini dish. {Notice that awesome segue?}

I don’t use fennel a lot in my cooking but that just might have to change after making this dish. If your worried it will taste like eating a black jelly bean don’t worry it doesn’t. It does have a slightly mild anise flavor but nothing overpowering. It adds that little “what is that that I taste in this dish?” to the dish.

This creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini is packed full of all your favorite Italian flavors. Ready in just 45 minutes and perfect for the weeknight dinner rush.

The other great thing about this dish is that it re-heats lovely. The sauce doesn’t break and it stays nice and flavorful with each and every bowl.

{Looking for more pasta dishes? Try my creme fraiche mushroom gnocchi, Italian sausage and kale pasta or my spicy penne alla vodka.}


Creamy Sausage Mushroom Fennel Tortellini

This creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini is packed full of all your favorite Italian flavors. Ready in just 45 minutes and perfect for the weeknight dinner rush.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 medium sized head fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced (chop fronds for topping)
  • 1 pound sliced white mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound cheese tortellini, cooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach leaves

Source: Slightly adapted from Bon Appetit


In a large skillet set over medium heat add olive oil. When the oil is hot add in the sausage, break up with your spatula and brown. When the sausage is about half way cooked add in the fennel and sliced mushrooms. Cook together until soft and the meat is fully browned.

Add in garlic and Italian sausage and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Pour in chicken stock and heavy cream and cook for a few minutes just until it's thickened a tiny bit. Since it's dairy you don't want to scotch the sauce so turn down the heat if needed.

Once the sauce is ready remove from heat and add in cooked tortellini, shredded Parmesan cheese and baby spinach. Stir to combine and give it a few minutes so the spinach can wilt in the sauce.

Serve with fennel fronds and shredded Parmesan cheese on top if desired.

36 Responses to “Creamy Sausage Mushroom Fennel Tortellini”

  1. #
    Tori — November 2, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Monday’s looking pretty good so far! This looks super yum! I love all those mushrooms cause I’m the type that could eat mushrooms by the vat!

  2. #
    Amy Stafford — November 2, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I am old school like you. I walk into the stores and wrapping papper, reindeer and christmas trees is all I see, when I am thinking Thanksgiving.
    This pasta looks perfect love the sausage-fennel combo.

  3. #
    Becca from ItsYummi — November 2, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I am so with you on the holiday thing. Can we just slow down and enjoy one holiday at a time?!
    I love that you added fennel to these tortellini. Not everyone loves it, but I think it brings out loads of flavor!

  4. #
    Catherine — November 2, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Dear Brandy, it looks like we are both on the same page. Pasta Mondays are always a good way to start the week..and don’t get me started on Tuesday leftovers 😉
    Another note we agree on, cheesy holiday movies. My kids make me feel like I’m the only one out there who watches them. It’s a holiday tradition now for me!
    I would love to sit back and enjoy a plate of this while indulging in my favorite holiday movies! xo, Catherine

  5. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — November 2, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I’m with you 100%. Monday’s require pasta. No Christmas until after Thanksgiving. AND cheesy Holiday movies for the win. Gosh. I think we must be spirit animals! Now, can I face plant into this bowl of deliciousness please!?!?

  6. #
    Christie — November 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I am a fool for all things Christmas. Wish I am ready to decorate my house already. I am also a fool for fennel. I just adore it. My hubby and I are going to love this pasta dish.

  7. #
    Julie — November 2, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I’m dying over this… and just defrosted some Italian sausage. Perfect timing!

  8. #
    Sarah | Broma Bakery — November 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Anything with “fennel” in it makes me feel a natural affinity. HUGE FAN!

  9. #
    heather @french press — November 2, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I’m definitely old school – I just cannot get into Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I can get into a big bowl of this pretty much anytime. and on this dark and rainy Monday, it sounds just about perfect

  10. #
    Meg @ With Salt and Wit — November 2, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Oh we just had a tomato soup with cheese tortellini and now I have one major craving for it. And it just got worse as I laid eyes on this beauty…

  11. #
    Erin @ Platings and Pairings — November 2, 2015 at 11:41 am

    YUM! I love anything with fennel and this dish definitely looks like a winner! Pinned!

  12. #
    Julia — November 2, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Tortellini is the best. I think Monday’s are made for pasta and this looks like one heck of a comforting dish!

  13. #
    Julie @ Texan New Yorker — November 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    This sounds so delicious! Perfect for cold weather and the stupid time change. You are definitely not alone – yesterday threw me off pretty bad too, lol. Love tortellini, thanks for reminding me that I don’t cook with it nearly often enough 🙂

  14. #
    Tasha @thatssoyummy — November 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    This dish screams comfort food. I love this pasta dish!

  15. #
    Amanda | The Chunky Chef — November 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Ohhhh man, I need a fork and a big plate of that right now 😀

  16. #
    Stephanie — November 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This is definitely a great way to start the week!

  17. #
    Joanie@ZagLeft — November 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    This recipe would certainly make a Monday great, or any day for that matter. I just love the combination of ingredients you’ve put together, it looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

  18. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — November 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I cannot get into Christmas before Thanksgiving, either! And the time change? Since I moved to AZ years ago (we don’t change the clocks – kooky), all it does is confuse me about when I can call people in other timezones! I *can* get into the dish! I absolutely LOVE fennel (and tortellini. And Sausage. And mushrooms). So, yeah. Love it!

  19. #
    Trish - Mom On Timeout — November 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate but I’m already in the Christmas spirit! 4 weeks just isn’t enough for me 🙂 Now this pasta – this is absolutely enough! Loving everything about it!

  20. #
    The Food Hunter — November 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I love the sauce on this….I just adore fennel

  21. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — November 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Yes! Mondays=PASTA! This looks incredible, I love fennel!

  22. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — November 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I love everything about this dish! Such wonderful flavors and the perfect comfort food!

  23. #
    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — November 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Mmmm, this looks like pure comfort food heaven!

  24. #
    Aggie @ Aggie's Kitchen — November 3, 2015 at 6:13 am

    I can not even tell you how much I adore this pasta. And that you used fennel!! Looks incredible!

  25. #
    Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama — November 3, 2015 at 8:27 am

    This sounds AH-mazing! And good call on the cheese tortellini. 😉

  26. #
    eat good 4 life — November 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I love pasta and love tortellini. I don’t use fennel as much as I should but I shall soon. Great looking pasta recipe 🙂

  27. #
    Ginny McMeans — November 3, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I enjoy each holiday as it comes too. Don’t want to miss anything. Tortellini is one of my favorite dishes and you made a beautilful combination here.

  28. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Haha. I thought it was a beautiful transition! And Christmas? Pssh. Gimme Thanksgiving! I’ll take some of this tortellini, too.

  29. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — November 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Sausage, fennel, pasta, mushrooms? Hand me a fork. I’m ready to nosh on this as I watch all those cheesy holiday movies on TV. I’m a complete sucker for a happy ending!

  30. #
    Justine | Cooking and Beer — November 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Ugh, seriously! Can we please slow life down JUST A LITTLE? Why is everyone in such a rush!? Love this recipe. It’s everything I want a comforting tortellini dish. Yum yum yum.

  31. #
    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — November 3, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Yeah, I refuse to start thinking/decorating/listening to Christmas related things until after Thanksgiving. Although I will also watch those movies any time…I’m such a sap. This pasta sounds and looks fantastic, so delicious fall flavors.

  32. #
    Kim Beaulieu — November 4, 2015 at 2:12 am

    I’m telling you I am not digging this whole Daylight Saving nonsense. It’s just dumb.

    My daughter is the army so she had a chat with me about not decorating for Christmas before Remembrance Day. I usually don’t decorate till Mid-December but I was going to decorate earlier this year. But I’ll likely wait quite awhile. I promised K I’d honour her wishes. Plus the tree will croak if I put it up too early. I always get a real one. Usually we get busy and end up putting up a tree on Christmas Eve. Oy!

    I am seriously loving this pasta. I want to shove my whole face in it. You rock at photography, girl. I just love staring at your photos. I wish I had this much talent. #goals

  33. #
    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — November 4, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I am so with you on the holidays. But this pasta dish? Looks incredible. I want some right now. For breakfast (is that weird?).

  34. #
    Andi @ The Weary Chef — November 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I love everything about this pasta! Looks so flavorful! Yumm!!

  35. #
    Melissa from Hungry Food Love — November 4, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Yup! any day will be a billion times better if includes amazing pasta dishes like this one. This looks soooo perfect!

  36. #
    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — November 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

    It’s monday…..I’m making this today and can.not.WAIT!

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