Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce Recipe
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Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce Recipe

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Put freezer and pantry staples to mouthwatering use in this warm and satisfying meatless meal. —Barbra Stanger, West Jordan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Additional grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 459 calories, 33g fat (18g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 835mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, spinach, basil, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in cream and cheese. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Drain tortellini; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce in Simple & Delicious February/March 2011, p54

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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shirewoman User ID: 3731557 255756
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2016

"Well my husband says this is definately a keeper! He's not a spinach guy so I left that out. Instead I sauteed some onions and mushrooms cut up a chicken breast & browned it with them. I used my Roma tomatoes from the garden. Also added some gouda cheese that I had left over from another recipe. Whenever I get a recipe that calls for heavy cream I always use fat free half & half - works just as well. It became a 1 dish meal."

MY REVIEW User ID: 5913045 249097
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

"I always use fresh ingredients when possible. this looked very good, but it was excellent when I made it with fresh spinach and basil. Did use canned tomatoes though."

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 246399
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"Amazing sauce! Followed recipe except i added red pepper flakes to give that little kick. My husband started licking his bowl till i told him there was more in the pan."

Rondak01 User ID: 1073882 243616
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"We LOVED this sauce!!! It is the best I have ever made. I used 2 large cloves of garlic and 1 average size one. (It sounded like a lot, but was great.) I also used 1 teaspoon of italian seasonings instead of the basil. Skipped the spinach all together for us. I would use the cream or half n half, makes it creamier and smooth. I'm sure we'll be fighting over the small dish of leftovers for lunch. One word for this dish, "Amazing"."

curlylis85 User ID: 3166950 242944
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"I've made this several times now, and it's always a big favorite with both children and adults. It's delicious with the cream, but you could also substitute whole milk if you are trying to minimize the calories a little."

wjjmaj User ID: 4340017 237564
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"The sauce is especially good!"

Summersh User ID: 6640270 235741
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"Great recipe! My little girl can't get enough."

chris_giles18 User ID: 2108383 234152
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"After reading the great reviews, I was expecting something better. Overall I found it was bland and underwhelming. Husband did not care for it all and asked that I not make it again."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 232792
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"Great tortellini recipe! Tasted like something from an Italian restaurant."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 232714
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"Very good. Good left over the next day too."

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