Baked Sausage Tortellini Recipe

Ingredients
  • 20 ounces frozen or fresh cheese tortellini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 ounces Premio Cheese and Basil Sausage
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 1/2 cups marinara sauce (garlic and basil works great)
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 small handful fresh basil leaves, chopped or julienned (can be substituted with Italian parsley as well)
  • 6 to 8 slices Mozzarella cheese or (2 to 4 oz grated)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesiano Regiano cheese
Directions
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Heat oil in large saute pan on medium heat. Add onion, cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add sausage and seasoned pepper and saute until meat is thoroughly cooked - breaking sausage into chunks as it cooks.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the marinara sauce, mascarpone, and basil until creamy and mixed thoroughly.
  • Add sausage mixture and marinara mixture to cooked tortellini and combine well.
  • Spray 2 quart round baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add half of sausage/pasta to dish, top with 1/2 of each cheese, add remainder of sausage/pasta and top with remainder of each cheese.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F. for 20 - 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.
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