Sausage and Apple Tortellini


1 tbs olive oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed if necessary

2 tbs all-purpose flour

1 cup chicken stock

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup apple juice

1 Michigan Gala apple, chopped

1 package (8 to 10 ounces) cheese tortellini

1 package (5 ounces) baby spinach

1/4 tsp kosher salt

grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley, for serving (optional)


1. Heat oil in large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sausage and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until sausage is cooked through, stirring occasionally and breaking up sausage with back of spoon.

2. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in stock, cream and juice; heat to boiling over medium-high heat.

3. Reduce heat to medium; stir in apple and tortellini. Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

4. Stir in spinach and salt. Cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until spinach is slightly wilted and tortellini is tender. 

5. Serve tortellini garnished with Parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of the Michigan Apple Council.

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