Dinner Shortcuts: Cheesy kielbasa tortellini

Brandy O'Neill

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Kielbasa is a great time saver to bring in any meal. It's smoky, spiced and pairs perfectly with cheesy tortellini.

Cheesy kielbasa tortellini

I'm always rushing around wondering what to make for dinner. Most of the time I look in the fridge and attempt to whip up something with what I have on hand. This easy recipe is ready in just about 30 minutes and I almost always have the ingredients on hand.

Cheesy kielbasa tortellini

Yields 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1-2 cups beef stock
  • 10 ounces frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add in kielbasa and diced onions. Cook until the sausage is browned and the onions are translucent. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add in Rotel tomatoes (with juice), beef stock and tortellini. Add more beef stock if it seems like it may need some. Stir, lower the heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for about 8 minutes until the tortellini are just starting to soften.
  3. Remove the lid and cook until the sauce is starting to thicken and the tortellini are fully cooked.
  4. Stir in cheese and enjoy warm.

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Brandy O'Neill
Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her food is influenced by her small town roots as well as her many travels around the world.