Tortellini with Asparagus & Lemon Recipe
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Tortellini with Asparagus & Lemon Recipe

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This is a terrific warm-weather dish, loaded with fresh flavors. I make mine meatless, but some sliced grilled chicken on top would be awesome, too. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 packages (9 ounces each) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups cut fresh asparagus (2-inch pieces)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic and pepper; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in herbs, lemon peel and lemon juice. Drain tortellini; transfer to a large bowl. Stir in cheeses and asparagus mixture. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tortellini with Asparagus & Lemon in Simple & Delicious June/July 2014

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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ski271 User ID: 8960508 256045
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2016

"Pretty good as written. And I used leftover grilled chicken like the author suggested. My wife and oldest kid thought it was too lemony. I think in the future I will skip the lemon zest and only add the juice. And I'll add toasted pine nuts."

WillTryAnything User ID: 7934935 246646
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"I added chopped left over boiled shrimp which mixed beautifully with the other flavors. Easy recipe with excellent taste."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3492314 239162
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"I was looking for something different than a traditional tomato based pasta and sauce and this certainly was a hit. I added chicken, as has been suggested. I would love to have made it with asparagus, but not having any on hand, tried broccoli instead. I found it to be a good substitution."

ktype User ID: 4188985 230998
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015


sigtautiny User ID: 7978115 228673
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"Very tasty dish. Light but flavorful. I put some extra feta in it. Served it with some grilled chicken apple sausage on the side."

janedoster User ID: 8365285 226714
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"Made this tonight for dinner. It is so flavorful. I fixed grilled chicken strips to go with it as hubby likes meat with his meal. Will definitely make again."

dieter's mom User ID: 3847129 226123
Reviewed May. 10, 2015

"This is a really delicious recipe & very quick & easy for an after work dinner. We loved it. Omitted the feta as my Mom doesn't care for it. Used dried herbs ( 1/2 of the fresh herbs called for). Still great!"

cas378 User ID: 4880004 224964
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

"This is one of my favorites. The kids like it too. It's the only way I can get them to eat asparagus! I leave out the feta and sub thyme for chives."

browns19fan User ID: 919833 127546
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014 Edited Jun. 1, 2015

"My husband and I loved this dish. I cut the recipe in half for the two of us, omitted the feta and Parmesan, and prepared it with Italian sausage tortellini. I will be making it again tonight with fresh herbs from our garden!"

ma_spain User ID: 1370971 139694
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"I don't like asaparagus but the rest of my family does so I made this and I actually really liked it. I will definitely make it again. I added cubed cooked chicken as well."

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