Tortellini with Sausage, Fennel, and Mushrooms
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Taste: Deeply savory with a hint of sharp sweetness from the fennel.
Texture: The chunks of sausage and mushroom are substantial and meaty while the pasta is tender and rich. The fennel is soft and the entire dish is quite creamy.
Ease: Simple enough for a weeknight meal.
Pros: Easy enough, incorporates a few different vegetables.
Would I make this again? Yes, but I think I might use wine instead of broth next time.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed, halved through core, thinly sliced lengthwise (about 3 cups), fronds chopped
- 1 pound spicy Italian sausages, casings removed, sausage coarsely crumbled
- 1 8-ounce package sliced fresh baby bella mushrooms
- 4 large garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, coarsely crushed
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup low-salt chicken broth
- 1 16-ounce package dried tortellini with pesto filling or fresh tortellini with 3-cheese filling
- 1 5-ounce package fresh baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese