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School is back in session after a whirlwind of a summer. Barely two months long, summer break flew by in a series of sun soaked days. I loved the time at home with the kids. The days were lazy and the nights were long. Speaking of lazy, my meal planning completely fell by the wayside.
But now that we are back to our regular schedule, I’m getting myself back on track. School nights are busy and time is precious. Between homework, piano lessons, and sports, family dinner is still a priority in our house.
I love our time together at the table to chat about our day over a wholesome meal. Dinners need to be short on prep time so we have as much time as possible to spend together between the hustle and bustle of school and work.
During the school year, I aim to have my dinners be ready in 30 minutes or less. The more hands-off time possible, the better. This makes slow cooker meals and sheet pan dinners on the top of my list for meal planning during the week.
My family is a huge pasta family. My almost 10 year old requests some form of pasta every year for his birthday dinner. It could be the Italian in him, but I think he just has great taste.
Because my family members are all pasta fanatics, I have been loving Three Bridges pastas and sauces. The brand’s line of refrigerated and easy-to-prepare pastas and sauces allow even the busiest of parents to make delicious, better-for-you meals in minutes. The products are all natural, created in small batches from simple, honest, and better-for-you ingredients – without preservatives, antibiotics, or hormones. I feel fantastic about using Three Bridges products in my kitchen because not only are they natural, but because they’re all delicious too!
For this Cheese Tortellini with Roasted Broccoli and Sausage, I combined the ease of preparing the fresh tortellini with a simple roasted broccoli and sausage sheet pan dinner.
Roasting broccoli is hands down my favorite way of preparing it. It brings out the flavor of the broccoli but also an incredible nuttiness that you just can’t get from steaming. I picked up some all-natural, nitrite-free smoked sausages to serve along with Three Bridges Triple Cheese Tortellini. The tortellini was tender and flavorful, especially when tossed with the Three Bridges Heirloom Marinara Sauce. The sauce was fresh and bright; exactly what my family loves.
And what I love about this dinner is that it can be prepared in less than 25 minutes. The broccoli gets tossed with simple olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasted with the sausage for 20 minutes. While that’s in the oven, I boiled the tortellini and tossed it in the heirloom tomato sauce. This wholesome meal can be prepared with very little hands-on time, getting us to the table faster and giving us more time to spend together as a family. This is a busy weeknight life saver.
Cheese Tortellini with Roasted Broccoli and Sausage
- 3 crowns of broccoli florets separated
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- 4 smoked sausage links all natural, no-nitrites
- 1 18-ounce package Three Bridges Triple Cheese Tortellini
- 1 15-ounce package Three Bridges Heirloom Marinara
- Grated parmesan cheese for serving
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Spread broccoli out on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Place sausages amongst the broccoli. Roast for 20 minutes or until broccoli is crispy.
- While broccoli and sausage are roasting, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add Three Bridges Tortellini and boil for 3-5 minutes. Drain tortellini and return to pot and stir in Three Bridges Heirloom Marinara Sauce. Set pot over low heat and stir until sauce is heated through.
- Divide tortellini, roasted broccoli, and sliced sausage amongst 4 bowls. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve.