Meat Lover’s Tortellini Skillet

This is so amazing! Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet. Sausage, bacon and pepperoni all in one skillet, made in less than 20 minutes! Dinner LOVE!

Oh boy, do I have the ULTIMATE ONE SKILLET dinner for you! This Meat Lover’s Tortellini Skillet is just 6 ingredients, prepared in ONE skillet, and ready in less than 20 minutes!!


Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet


I basically took my One Skillet Baked Ziti and pumped it full of three delicious meats – andouille sausage, crispy bacon and sliced pepperoni! I also subbed out the penne for a fresh cheese filled tortellini, which was basically the best idea ever.

Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet

The best thing about this awesomely quick dinner is that it’s all prepared in one pan!

Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet

I started by crisping up 3 thick cut slices of bacon in my skillet. Once they were crisp I removed them from the skillet to some paper towels, and drained the bacon grease, but left about 2 tbsp of grease in the skillet.

Dice up your andouille sausage (you could also use an Italian sausage), and saute it in the bacon grease until it gets nice and browned.

Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet

After that I just added a jar of marinara sauce as well as 13 ounces of the fresh cheese filled tortellini. I also snuck in about 1/3 cup of water, which will help to cook those tortellini to the perfect tenderness. Bring the skillet to a slight boil, reduce heat and cover for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until the tortellini is cooked.

Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet

Add some cheese…

Lots and lots of cheese.

It’s almost like we’re making a pizza now!

Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet

All you need to do now is top it with some sliced pepperoni and that crispy bacon that we cooked up earlier. Cover it back up and let the cheese melt (about 3 to 5 minutes).

I even threw mine under my oven’s broiler for a minute to get the whole thing nice and bubbly.

Just make sure you use an oven safe skillet if you’re going to do that!

Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet

Once it’s done you’re ready to enjoy a dead sexy dinner. Go ahead and serve it with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a slice of toasty garlic bread!

Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet

Come to mama!

Meat Lover's Tortellini Skillet

You’re definitely going to enjoy this quick and delicious dinner!

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Meat Lover’s Tortellini Skillet

This Meat Lover’s Tortellini Skillet is just 6 ingredients and is prepared all in one skillet!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 3 strips thick cut bacon
  • 8 oz. andouille sausage, diced OR 12oz. ground Italian sausage
  • 24 oz. jarred marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 13 oz. fresh cheese filled tortellini
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 slices, pizza pepperoni


  1. Cook bacon in an oven safe skillet until browned and crispy. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Leave about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the skillet and discard the rest.
  2. Saute the andouille sausage in the bacon grease over medium heat until browned (or if using ground sausage, brown in skillet, breaking up with wooden spoon until crumbled and cooked through). Carefully add the marinara sauce, water and tortellini to the skillet. Stir and bring to a low boil, reduce heat and cover for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
  3. Stir and then sprinkle the cheese over the top of the pasta in an even layer. Top with the sliced pepperoni and crumbled bacon. Cover and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  4. If desired, place skillet under your oven’s broiler for about 2 minutes to melt cheese even more. Enjoy!

Keywords: meat lover, tortellini, one skillet, mozzarella cheese, bacon, sausage, pepperoni

 disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Arizona Milk Producers, reminding you to get your 3 daily doses of dairy! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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  1. I showed to this my husband last night via text message. He was upset that it wasn’t what for for dinner. So making it tonight for him…so excited to try this, it looks awesome!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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