One skillet meal for back to school week

One skillet meal for back to school week

Well, school is back in session— man, summer went by so quickly! To make this week a little easier on parents, and for those who may need some quick dinner ideas, add this to the list. This one-skillet dinner is simple and easy to clean up which is always a must when school starts.

This dish is cheesy, packed with delicious sausage and crunchy peppers. I used my Always Pan for this. It’s nonstick and a great size for a family of four. To keep the dish colorful, I include all of the beautiful bell peppers, but if you prefer just red or green, go for it.

For the protein, I used Polska sausage, but you can use chorizo if you prefer. This dish is really versatile so whatever goes. You can add some sliced jalapeños to the peppers even.

Sausage and Tortellini

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes


2 tbs olive oil

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Polska sausage, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

1 tbs cajun seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup tomato paste

3 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

1 package fresh cheese tortellini

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


In a large saucepan, heat up olive oil on medium heat.

Add in the bell peppers, onion and cook them for a few minutes.

Add in the minced garlic and sausage, stir and continue cooking for a couple more minutes.

Add in the cajun seasoning, salt and pepper and stir.

Next up comes the tomato paste and chicken broth. Stir, stir, stir until the tomato paste is all reduced down and it’s a liquidy broth. Bring to a boil for a few minutes.

While that’s bubbling, boil the tortellini for a few minutes until done and then drain.

Give the saucepan a stir and add in the heavy whipping cream, Worcestershire sauce. Stir and continue to cook on medium.

Fold the tortellini into the sausage mixture and slowly stir so the sauce doesn’t spill out, but you want to coat all of the noodles.

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and slowly stir again. Let it all melt and then serve.

Rachel Tritsch, creator of Recipes with Rachel is a full-time working wife and mother of two little girls. She creates simple and delicious recipes for busy families like her own because family dinner around a table is important, but it doesn’t need to be hard. For more simple and delicious recipes, visit or join my Facebook group, Recipes with Rachel.