For our very first date, Nate and I went to the Davis Square Bertucci’s in Somerville, MA. Once we were married, if we ever went out to a restaurant (which was rare), it was usual to Bertucci’s or John Harvard’s. I think one of the reasons I love Bertucci’s so much is because of our personal history associated with it, but I still love going to that restaurant whenever we can because they do make some good food. Those dinner rolls and that margherita pizza…YUMMMMM.
One of those times early in our marriage when we went to Bertucci’s I ordered a tortellini dish that was served with sausage, mushrooms in a light cream tomato sauce. This was one of the very first restaurant copycat recipes I created at home and definitely one of the first things I cooked that gave me some confidence in the kitchen.
It’s been years since I’ve made what we call Bertucci’s Tortellini, but I threw it on the menu a few weeks ago and IT WAS SO GOOD. I made sure to write down measurements for you since the recipe I had posted on the site was pretty lame and directionless.
This is a nice and easy dinner to prepare that tastes wonderful. (I think I had thirds the other night.) The only thing missing from this recipe is Bertucci’s dinner rolls!
- 3 uncooked sweet Italian sausages, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 8-ounce package white mushrooms or cremini mushrooms, sliced
- olive oil
- 2 cloves fresh garlic
- 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes + ½ cup of the juice in the can
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ¼ cup cream
- 2 9-ounce packages fresh cheese tortellini
- fresh shredded parmesan cheese
- couple tablespoons fresh basil or ½ teaspoon dried basil (fresh is better)
- Heat a few swigs of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and mushrooms and cook until both ingredients are cooked through.
- Add garlic to the pan and stir to distribute.
- Using your hands, break up the whole tomatoes into bite-sized pieces straight into the skillet, sort of mushing it all up. Add the ½ cup reserved juice, salt, pepper, sugar, basil (if using dried) and stir well. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Cook tortellini according to package directions and drain.
- Add cream and basil (if using fresh) to tomato sauce-mushroom-sausage mixture. Stir to combine completely.
- Pour sauce over tortellini, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and eat!