Recipe: White Wine Marinara Tortellini

White Wine Marinara Tortellini

I know it’s been awhile since I did a recipe post, but the wait was worth it. Because I’m back with a bang – this white wine marinara with sausage over tortellini is tasty. It’s a recipe I learned from my older sister and her boyfriend over Christmas. Though, I didn’t write it down, so it was thrown together from memory and might not be exactly like they make it, but it turned out delicious anyway. Really, the sauce is the star of this entree, and can be served over any sort of pasta, we’re just partial to tortellini. And it makes AWESOME leftovers, too.

White Wine Marinara Tortellini


  • 1 bottle of white wine (your preferred variety)
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce (your preferred flavor, or homemade if you’re that skilled)
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 3-5 real sausages*
  • 1 package of tortellini (your preferred filling, or again homemade if you’re fancy)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese for topping

*Italian sausage or, if you don’t like the fennel aftertaste like me, bratwurst. Something in a real casing. Number you use depends on how meaty you like your sauce. We used 3.


  1. Add ¾ of the bottle of wine to a sauce pan, along with marinara. Drink the rest of the wine. 😉
  2. Remove sausages from casing, and crumble into sauce pan.
  3. Wash and pluck spinach, shredding into smaller leaves. Add to sauce pan.

  5. Stir all together, salt and pepper to taste, heat to boiling, and then simmer for 45min – 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has cooked down and thickened. This will make your kitchen smell amazing.

  7. When sauce is nearly done, boil water in a big pot for the tortellini. Cook according to package directions.

  9. Drain tortellini. Remove sauce from heat.
  10. Serve sauce over tortellini, topped with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite sauce over pasta? Learned any awesome recipes from a family member lately?

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Recipe: Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to make as a kid: monkey bread! Also known as pull-apart bread. To be fair, I still really like making and eating it as an adult, too. There’s lots of different recipes and variations out there on how to make monkey bread, but this is the way my mom taught me so of course I think this is the best way. But if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can toss in some raisins or walnuts or whatever into the mix. I don’t think it needs it, personally, but to each their own. […]

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Recipe: Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate Fudge

This is one of my all-time favorite sweets around the holidays: sweet, decadent chocolate fudge. My mom has been making this around Christmas for as long as I can remember, and since I’ve lived down here in Texas I’ve taken on making it on my own. Surprisingly, it’s actually a simple recipe. I made a batch to take to Florida with us, and I think it only took -maybe- 15-20 minutes. And the deliciousness is so worth it. I suppose you could throw stuff on top as it cools, like candy cane bits or nuts or sprinkles. But just plain […]

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Recipe: Creamy Brown Sugar Dip

Creamy Brown Sugar Dip

Here is a really tasty, sweet dip recipe that I got from my mom. It’s a great alternate to caramel or peanut butter for dipping apples in, but could be eaten with lots of other dippable things as well. We recently served this at a brunch (with apple slices), and it was a big hit. And it’s so easy to make! Literally just two ingredients mixed together. Creamy Brown Sugar Dip Ingredients 8oz. cream cheese, softened ½ c. brown sugar, packed With the pictures below, I’m making a double batch, so don’t be alarmed by the proportions. Directions Soften cream […]

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Recipe: Apple Cider Beef Stew

Apple Cider Beef Stew

If you’re looking for more perfect-for-fall recipes, I’ve got one for you right here. I originally found this on a recipe card from Taste of Home magazine, but modified it for the size of my slow cooker (2.5 qt.) and specific veggie preferences (the original called for mushrooms – ew). We tried this out last night, and it was delicious! The apple cider and cinnamon give it a really nice flavor, and the long cook time makes the beef fall-apart tender. Plus it made the house smell AMAZING while it cooked. I’ve tried a few different beef stew recipes in […]

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Recipe: Breakfast Bake Duo

Breakfast Bake Duo

We hosted a brunch this past weekend, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try out both the new oven and these two recipes my aunt passed along. Whenever she hosts a family gathering, you can bet that one morning will feature a tasty breakfast casserole. So I asked her for her recipe, and she sent it over, along with another one she thought I’d find yummy from some distant relation in the family. She was right. And the friends I had over for Brunch Test Kitchen agreed. In fact, there was no clear preference between these two, even though […]

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Recipe: BBQ Pulled Pork

BBQ Pulled Pork

I’ve already shared super easy slow cooker tacos, and today it’s time for another unbelievably easy dish. What kind of Texan would I be if I didn’t make something BBQ once in awhile? This BBQ pulled pork is quick to throw together and ridiculously moist. It’s easy to adjust to your own preferred spicy level, based on the BBQ sauce that you pick. And it warms up great as leftovers. Really, a win all around. 🙂 Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Ingredients 1 two-pound pork tenderloin 1 bottle/can of root beer (12oz.) 1 bottle of BBQ sauce (18oz.) Salt and […]

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