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Playing Easy Pasta Dishes: One-Skillet Tortellini Bolognese & Thanksgiving Pasta

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“I love Thanksgiving so much that I could eat it every day but obviously no one has time to roast a turkey that often. This pasta dish combines all flavors we love about the Thanksgiving meal into one delicious pasta dish. You’ll be thanking yourself for making this for dinner tonight!”


For the Stuffing Breadcrumb Topping:
  • 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
For the Pasta:
  • For the Pasta: 1 pound short-cut pasta (I use shells or campanelle/gigli because they look like little cornucopias!)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound turkey sausage
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 4 leaves sage, chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • A handful parsley, finely chopped


Serves: 4


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place bread cubes into a food processor. Pulse into small bits then place crumbs into a medium sized mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, mix the olive oil with the grated garlic, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the breadcrumbs and toss to coat. Pour the breadcrumbs out onto the parchment-lined sheet tray and bake for 12 minutes or until brown.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil then drop the pasta into the water and cook to al dente. Before draining, reserve 1/4 cup of the starchy cooking water for the sauce.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once hot, add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with the back of spoon. Once brown, remove sausage and wipe out pan.

Place the pan back on top the heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter is hot, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown. Once brown, add the onions, carrot and celery, and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the sage and thyme, and season with salt and black pepper. Add the sausage back into the sauce. Once herbs become fragrant, add in the heavy cream, the reserved starchy pasta water and the parmesan cheese. Bring the sauce to a bubble and stir in the chopped parsley.

Toss the pasta with the warm sauce and serve with Stuffing Breadcrumb Topping.