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Sheet Pan Broccoli Tortellini Bake

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A fast and delicious weeknight meal the family will love! Cheesy roasted broccoli with tortellini and chicken sausage tossed in fresh garlic, olive oil, and a boat load of parmesan cheese. This recipe only uses one sheet pan, making cleanup a breeze!

Sheet Pan Broccoli Tortellini Chicken Sausage and Parmesan Cheese

When it comes to tortellini recipes, this Broccoli Tortellini Bake is it.

Why?

Well for starters, this bake is a sheet pan dinner, so it only dirties one pan (YAY!).

You can also prepare this cheesy, broccoli, pasta goodness ahead of time.

AND it only takes about 10 minutes of prep work and about 25 minutes to bake!

It’s effortless, but it certainly doesn’t taste that way!

I first had a version of this broccoli tortellini at my brother in law’s family camp. His dad made a skillet version, where he cooked the cheesy broccoli in butter, olive oil, and garlic and served the tortellini on the side.

I’m telling you, it was delicious and I’ve never been the same since!

It was such a simple dish, but it was absolute perfection.

I wanted to recreate this dish at home, but I wanted to make it super fast and without dirtying a lot of dishes.

So I threw it on a sheet pan!

In my version, I par-cook the broccoli by roasting it on a sheet pan with garlic and olive oil.

Later, I add some chicken sausage–just because it’s delicious with broccoli.

For the tortellini, rather than serving it on the side, I bake it right with everything. It cooks so quickly, I don’t even have to precook it–I cook it straight from the freezer.

But before I bake anything, I toss the whole broccoli, tortellini, and chicken mixture in a little more olive oil and an extremely generous amount of parmesan cheese.

The result? A fabulous tortellini sheet pan bake. It’s garlicy, cheesy, and full of delicious flavor and ready in less than an hour. If you prep everything ahead of time, this can even be ready in 30 minutes or less!

Now that’s the kind of meal I can get behind! Here’s how we make it:

How To Make Sheet Pan Tortellini Broccoli Bake

How to make Sheet Pan Broccoli Tortellini Bake

Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs of fresh broccoli (about 3 medium-small crowns), cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon (3 cloves) of garlic, minced fine
  • 11 oz of chicken sausage (or 4 links of your favorite sausage), precooked
  • 16 oz package of frozen cheese tortellini
  • 8 oz of grated parmesan cheese–not the stuff from the can!
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper chili flakes (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400º.

On a sheet pan, toss the broccoli florets and the minced garlic together with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

Roast for 10 minutes at 400º, until the broccoli is partially cooked, bright green, but not tender.

While the broccoli is roasting, slice the sausage links into thin slices and place in a large bowl.

Once the broccoli has roasted for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the heat up to 450º.

Carefully add the hot broccoli and garlic to the bowl with the chicken sausage.

Add in frozen tortellini, red pepper flakes (if using), and 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

Toss together the broccoli, tortellini, sausage and parmesan cheese

Measure out a 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and set aside. Add the remaining parmesan to the bowl of tortellini, broccoli, and chicken sausage.

Gently toss the mixture together and make sure everything is well coated in cheese and olive oil.

Using the same sheet pan you roasted your broccoli on, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and spread it around to coat the pan. This will help prevent sticking.

Pour your parmesan, broccoli, chicken, and tortellini mixture onto the sheet pan.

Bake at 450º for 12-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and browned, and the edges of the sausage and tortellini are crispy.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese on top.

Serve with a sprinkling of fresh basil and crushed red pepper flakes.

Can I use Fresh Pasta Instead of Frozen?

A bowl of tortellini pasta, broccoli, sausage and cheese. A bowl of parmesan and red pepper flakes in the background.

Yes, but the cooking is going to be a little different.

If you cook the fresh pasta as the recipe states, it may get a little dried out and hard. Fresh pasta doesn’t have the high moisture content that frozen tortellini has.

So if you’re using fresh tortellini in this recipe, boil the pasta for 1/2 the time the package instructions call for and then bake on the sheet pan with the broccoli, parmesan, and sausage.

Or, you could just bake the sausage, parmesan, and broccoli as the recipe states, and boil the tortellini per the package instructions separately.

You can combine them at the end when you serve!

Can I use frozen broccoli instead of fresh?

Definitely.

Since frozen broccoli is already partially cooked, you can skip the step that calls for roasting the broccoli at 400º.

Instead, toss the broccoli and minced garlic with the tortellini, sausage, oil, and parm and bake at 450º for 12-15 min.

Do not thaw the broccoli first.

The result will be a little juicier than using the fresh broccoli, but it’s still super delicious.

Do you need to cook the pasta before baking?

Close up image of broccoli, tortellini, and sausage on a sheet pan.

For the tortellini I use, you do not need to cook the pasta before hand!

I even cook the tortellini while it’s still frozen.

Look at the cooking instructions on your tortellini package. If the instructions state that the pasta will cook for 5 minutes or less, then you will not have to cook the pasta before baking!

However, if your package cooking instructions state that the tortellini needs like 10 minutes to cook, then you will need to boil the pasta for 3 minutes before cooking.

Can sheet pan broccoli tortellini bake be made ahead of time?

You can make this pasta bake ahead!

To prep this dinner ahead of time, cut the broccoli into florets and roast with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the minced garlic for 10 minutes at 400º.

While the broccoli is roasting, slice up the precooked sausage. If you grate your own parmesan, grate that up too.

After roasting, let the broccoli cool completely and toss with the sausage. Store together in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Keep the parmesan separate.

When you’re ready to bake, just toss the precooked broccoli, sausage, frozen tortellini, oil, and parmesan cheese together and bake at 450º for 12-15 minutes until browned and bubbly.

That means dinner on the table in 15 minutes. YES.

Can This One Pan Tortellini Bake Be Reheated?

A top view of two bowls filled with tortellini and broccoli. A sheet pan, a bowl of cheese and red pepper flakes are off to the side.

Yes! Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave and garnished with a little fresh parm and crushed red pepper flakes.

Or you can bake it in the oven at 350º until toasty and heated through!

Variations

This cheesy, broccoli cheese tortellini is perfect as is, but here are some other fun variations:

  • Change up the sausage to pork, turkey, or kielbasa. Just make sure it’s fully cooked before slicing and baking.
  • You can use shrimp or grilled chicken in place of the sausage.
  • You can omit the sausage to make this a meatless wonder.
  • Make a ravioli broccoli bake by using frozen ravioli instead of the tortellini!
  • Try this bake with perogies or gnocchi
  • Omit the tortellini entirely and substitute roasted potatoes!
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Sheet Pan Broccoli Tortellini Chicken Sausage and Parmesan Cheese

Sheet Pan Broccoli Tortellini Bake

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

An easy sheet pan dinner made with broccoli, tortellini, and chicken sausage all baked together with garlic, olive oil, and a generous amount of parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs of fresh broccoli, (about 3 medium-small crowns) cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon (3 cloves) of garlic, minced fine
  • 11 oz of chicken sausage (or 4 links of your favorite sausage), precooked
  • 16 oz package of frozen cheese tortellini
  • 8 oz of grated parmesan cheese--not the stuff from the can!
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º
  2. On a sheet pan, toss the broccoli florets and the minced garlic together with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 10 minutes at 400º, until the broccoli is partially cooked, bright green, but not tender.
  4. While broccoli is roasting, slice the sausage links into thin slices and place in a large bowl.
  5. Once the broccoli has roasted for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the heat up to 450º.
  6. Carefully add the hot broccoli and garlic to the bowl with the chicken sausage.
  7. Add in frozen tortellini, red pepper flakes (if using), and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. 
  8. Measure out a 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and set aside. Add the remaining parmesan to the bowl of tortellini, broccoli, and chicken sausage.
  9. Gently toss the mixture together and make sure everything is well coated in cheese and olive oil.
  10. Using the same sheet pan you roasted your broccoli on, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and spread it around to coat the pan. This will help prevent sticking
  11. Pour your parmesan, broccoli, chicken, and tortellini mixture on to the sheet pan.
  12. Bake at 450º for 12-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and browned, and the edges of the sausage and tortellini are crispy.
  13. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese on top.
  14. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh basil and crushed red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1036mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 27g

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29 Comments

  1. I love making sheet pan dinners with chicken sausage. I never thought about adding tortellini! My family would love that!

  2. i LOVE simple recipes, especially when they only use one pan. Can’t wait to make this for my family!

  3. Bookmarking this because everything about it is right up my alley! I LOVE single sheet, full-of-everything, super easy but creative meals like this. I had no idea you could just roast the tortellini without cooking it first!

  4. This is one of those dishes I do NOT have to spend hours on making in the kitchen. Love it. It’s so easy and only requires one pan? YES!

    1. Yes! For non frozen tortellini you want to parboil it for 1/2 the time the package instructions call for. You need the moisture from the pasta water for fresh tortellini, or else it’ll bake up too dry!! I hope you love it!!

  5. I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic – a new family favorite! I added a red bell pepper since my kiddo doesn’t love broccoli, but kept everything else the same. I loved how quick, easy, and delicious this was!

  6. Just made this for dinner tonight and it was SO good! It was very easy to make, and wasn’t heavy on your stomach. My boyfriend loved it too, and he even commented on how there was hardly any clean up afterwards. It will definitely be added to the dinner rotation!

  7. I’m curious how you could make this more plant based or vegan? I don’t eat meat or cheese too much unless I eat at a restaurant.

    1. I would definitely look for a vegan tortellini or ravioli to swap out for the cheesy pasta. For the meat, I like Lightlife or Impossible brand sausages, that would replace the chicken sausage. If you can find a vegan parm or make a homemade version, I would do that. Sprinkle on the parm after baking since it won’t melt the same. Hope this helps!

  8. My daughter shared leftovers of this with me, and now I am hooked! I *crave* this recipe!!! There is something about the crispy edges, along with the flavor combo. Absolutely delicious!!!!

    1. Definitely.

      Since frozen broccoli is already partially cooked, you can skip the step that calls for roasting the broccoli at 400º.

      Instead, toss the broccoli and minced garlic with the tortellini, sausage, oil, and parm and bake at 450º for 12-15 min. Do not thaw the broccoli first.

  9. Love this. We make it all the time. One thing that bothers me though is your recipe calls for grated Parmesan (“not the stuff from the can). However that IS from the can. Otherwise, you are looking for shredded.

    1. Hi There! In the deli section of my grocery store, I can get freshly grated parm that they bag up. I also get fresh grated parm from my local Italian market! The green lidded can stuff has a bunch of anti caking agents in it and therefore not recommended.

  10. This was so good. I left out the sausage because I was using this as a side dish for salmon. I used fresh tortellini, Rana brand. I was wondering what brand of tortellini you use? I can’t wait to make this again!

    1. I’m so glad to hear it! I just use my store brand frozen cheese tortellini! I like the frozen stuff the best because it bakes well and doesn’t get too crispy.

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