Something that is really hard to admit is how many times I haven't made dinner since Em was born. We've been mostly living on a diet of cereal, pancakes, and precooked meals from our local organic grocery stores. Turns out that has been the one major area of my life that fell through the cracks since Em's arrival. Other areas include, but aren't limited to, cleaning, exercising, being kind, productivity, etc...
Over the last month and a half though, since reading Better Than Before, I've really started to pick up all of those loose ends in a really positive way. Our house is infinitely cleaner, I'm making a really big effort to remember to eat breakfast so I don't get real hangry at anyone during the day, I've gotten a gym membership, and everyday for the last few weeks, I've actually cooked dinner. As I'm sitting here typing, I can't even remember when the last time we had fast food in the middle of the week, and that right there is a miracle.
I've been trying to make dinners that are quick, simple, and easy. Lets be honest, Derek is not a Pinterest food husband. He has told me many times that he would love to live on a diet of sloppy joes, hot dogs, and pancakes. Unfortunately that is not my ideal diet and so we've been working hard on finding a happy medium.
I recently made this Cheesy Sausage Tortellini for dinner a few nights ago and it was a major hit in our house. Derek cleared his entire plate, agreed that it wasn't too pinteresty, and then ate all the leftovers the following day for lunch. We used the Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage that we found in the refrigerated meat section at our local Kroger. Right now between 3/30-4/19/16 you can pick up 2 Hillshire Farm sausages for only $5 while supplies last.I love the flavor that the sausage gives to the sauce and that it comes fully cooked which means it makes a weeknight meal a total breeze!
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked turkey sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce (or your favorite spaghetti sauce)
½ cup regular or heavy cream
9 oz tortellini
salt and pepper to taste
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just starting to smoke.
Add sausage and cook until well browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Add garlic and stir until golden and fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add broth, tomato sauce, cream, tortellini, and salt and pepper and stir to combine until simmering and bubbly.
Cover and simmer over low heat for 12 minutes until tortellini are tender and heated through.