Creamy, Cheesy, Tortellini Pasta

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I love everything with cream cheese in it and I absolutely love this Pasta.  It’s easy and quick and the kids love it!  I also have a family of 7 and we love leftovers… For smaller families, you might want to cut this recipe in half…

Ingredients:

sausage ingredients

2 pkgs. Eckrich Smoked Sausage (we like ours in the natural casing, made with pork, turkey and beef)

2 pkgs. 8 0z. cream cheese (16 0z. total)

2 Pkg. Cheese Tortellini Pasta (19 oz. each.  These are found in the frozen section in Super Wal-mart)

1 1/2- 2 qts. Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Pepper

1/2 to 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper  (I like it spicy!)

1-2 Pkgs. Texas Garlic Cheese Toast (Or any garlic bread you prefer)

Directions

In a large kettle, fill with water and cook Tortellini Pasta as directed.

noodles in water

Drain and set aside pasta when cooked.  In a separate kettle, slice sausage into small pieces and cook over medium heat.

sausage

When sausage is cooked through, attempt to spoon out most of grease. Add the 2 sticks of cream cheese to the heated sausage, cut it up with your spoon and stir until melted.

sausage and cheese

melted cheese

Pour the 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of heavy cream cheese into the sausage and cheese mixture.  (I use the whole 2 quarts but for a thicker cheese mixture you may want to only use about 1 1/2 quarts.  Just be sure to cut back slightly on your salt and other spices…)

pour cream

After adding cream, add spices and stir thoroughly.  (I use a whole tsp. of cayenne pepper.  We are from Texas and love spicy foods… you may want to start with 1/2 tsp and go from there…)  Heat and stir until all cheese is melted and mixture is hot and only slightly bubbly.  Mixture should thicken a bit.  If it’s too thin for you, you can always add more cream cheese… When mixture is hot, add cooked Tortellini Pasta and decrease heat and stir until everything is cooked through.

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Serve with warmed garlic toast.   (The cheese may really thicken for leftovers the next day so you can always add a bit more cream or whole milk and throw it in the microwave.)

payton eating pasta

Eat up and give some to your husband so he’ll buy you chocolate.  Hope you like it!

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