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Sausage Sage Meatballs with Tortellini
Sausage Sage Meatballs with Tortellini
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

These sausage sage meatballs are so incredible on their own. When they simmer in tomato broth and get tossed with tortellini they become an amazing meal!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Meatballs, Sausage Sage Meatballs
Servings: 6
Calories: 605 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 pound ground sweet Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic mashed *see note
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • canola oil as needed to coat the bottom of the dutch oven
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 whole onion diced small
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic *see note
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 ounce size
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 package fresh tortelini 20 ounces
  • freshly grated asiago cheese for topping
  1. First, make the meatballs. Combine the ground sausage, breadcrumbs, egg, sage, roasted garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix it all together well with your clean hands. Form the mixture into little meatballs about the size of the palm of your hand and lay them out on a plate. Then it's time to put this dish together. Heat the canola oil, olive oil and butter together in a sturdy dutch oven over medium high heat. Brown the meatballs for about 3 minutes on each side, then remove them to a plate and set them aside.
  2. Add the mushrooms to the pan next and let them start to soften for a couple of minutes. Then add the onion, roasted garlic and sage and let them become fragrant and translucent for another minute or so. Pour in the wine and scrape up any brown bits, then pour in the crushed tomato and chicken stock. Return the meatballs to the pot and season it all with generous pinches of salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce it to a simmer. Let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. When the 30 minutes are up, uncover the pot and bring it back up to a low boil. Stir in the tortellini and let it cook for about 6-7 minutes, until tender. Scoop out generous helpings into pretty bowls and top them all off with a good sprinkling of asiago cheese. Enjoy!!
Recipe Notes

*to roast a head of garlic, pre-heat the oven to 375. Cut off the top of the heat of garlic to expose the tops of the cloves. Drizzle the top with olive oil and sprinkle a little salt on top. Wrap it in foil and roast it for an hour. When it is done, keep it wrapped up and in the refrigerator to use it as you need it!

Nutrition Facts
Sausage Sage Meatballs with Tortellini
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 605 Calories from Fat 260
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.9g44%
Saturated Fat 10.3g64%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 1736mg75%
Potassium 193mg6%
Carbohydrates 50.3g17%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 31.5g63%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.