Trader Joe’s Tortellini with Chicken Sausage & Asparagus

Trader Joe’s tortellini is a staple at our house!  There are so many varieties to choose from. In this recipe we use the spinach variety. Trader Joe’s 4 cheese tortellini is also a great one to try. We use chicken sausage, 2 kinds of tomatoes and asparagus in this recipe. Since the Trader Joe’s tortellini cooks so fast, this dish doesn’t take long to make!

Ingredients you will need to make this:

  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Trader Joes Spicy Italian sausage
  • White wine
  • Roasted tomatoes
  • Butter
  • Asparagus
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper
  • Trader Joe’s Tortellini
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Pecorino Romano
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Trader Joe’s Tortellini with Chicken Sausage & Asparagus


Units Scale
  • 1 shallot
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 Trader Joes Spicy Italian pre-cooked chicken sausages
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 10 ounce package of Spinach Tortellini
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half (we used multi color)
  • 1 Tablespoon Pecorino Romano


Prep ingredients:

Put pot of water on to boil for the pasta.

Peel and chop shallot into small dice. Shred garlic. Cube butter by slicing in half, and then small cubes. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Slice roasted tomatoes into bite size slices. Cut asparagus on the bias (diagonally) into 1 inch pieces, throwing out the tough ends. Slice the chicken sausage.

Brown the sausage:

In a hot pan, add the sliced chicken sausage. Stir to distribute evenly in pan. Fry a few minutes on one side. Toss or stir to brown the other side. The chicken sausage is already cooked, so you are just looking for the pieces to be browned on each side. Remove chicken sausage from pan, and place in a dish, and cover with foil.

Prepare the pasta sauce:

To the same pan you browned the chicken sausage in, add a bit of olive oil, and the shallots. Stir to cook. You are looking for the shallots to sweat a little, and not brown. Add in the garlic, and stir, watching to make sure garlic does not burn. Add in the white wine.  Add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Allow to reduce for about 5 minutes or so. Add in the oven roasted tomatoes and black pepper and stir.

Finish the Pasta:

Drop the pasta into boiling water to cook, following directions for time. About 1 minute before tortellini is done, add the asparagus to the sauce, along with half the butter. Toss the sauce to slightly cook the asparagus.

Now add in the chicken sausage and cherry tomatoes. Add in the drained tortellini to the sauce and the remaining butter. Toss or stir to melt butter into sauce.

Serve pasta in dishes with pecorino Romano shredded over the top. Enjoy!



  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: tortellini

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Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.

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