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Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce Recipe

Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce

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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."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 232656
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"Wonderful dish! I used fresh spinach rather than frozen. It is a great vegetarian dish but you could easily add chicken to satisfy the meat eaters in your family."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 227873
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"Really good. Next time I would consider using frseh spinach instead of frozen. May even make 1/2 recipe as a side dish."

ad554836 User ID: 5085348 227383
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"This was fantastic! I was actually surprised how much I really liked it! I will definitely be making this again."

cindihartline User ID: 6608007 220446
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

"Good meatless meal. Will definitely make again."

tfahey User ID: 3769848 219570
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"This is really good! We ate it as a side dish with grilled pork chops and warm rolls. I skipped the onions, used fresh spinach and made a bit more sauce than recipe! Definitely a keeper for my family!"

Tipsymcstagger User ID: 7467398 217412
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"I followed the recipe exactly except I cooked the onions in butter rather than oil and I added two fully cooked and cubed chicken breasts! WONDERFUL!!!"

hayetnairi User ID: 8114026 214840
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"So yummy"

luvmy2cats User ID: 5767967 214581
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Since I didn't have any whipping cream when I decided to make this , I used 1 cup low fat cottage cheese mixed with 1 cup of skim milk . Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. Delicious. I'm looking forward to using the sauce with other pasta."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4838925 214412
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"Excellent Dish"

buhjuh User ID: 8145914 214370
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014


smglvnv User ID: 5818759 150197
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"Oh My Goodness!! This was so delicious!! Even after being reheated. I will definitely make this again. Made it exactly as recipe called for. YUMMY!"

kbschrieffer User ID: 1532903 195033
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Great! Will definitely make again."

chopperchic2005 User ID: 7699957 178133
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"Fantastic! To make this a little more kid friendly I blended the onion, garlic, and tomatoes after sautéing them. The sauce still turned out well. The kids and we parents really enjoyed this yummy pasta dish."

court8101 User ID: 5093976 132155
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"LOVED this! Tasted like something you'd get from Olive Garden. I did not use onion or fresh garlic. Instead I used garlic powder and I think this shortened the cooking time. Will definitely make again!"

jamerbuddy User ID: 833809 212504
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"My entire family loved this...which is sometimes hard to say."

happyian User ID: 3536641 116971
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"My whole family enjoyed this dish! I used unsweetened almond milk instead of cream and added mushrooms instead of spinach (didn't have spinach on hand) and it was gone fast!"

tsudderth User ID: 7383106 195970
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2013

"Excellent as written! Was gobbled down by party of 7 in no time! Did use fresh spinach instead of frozen...always have it on hand. the additions could be endless too(sundried tomatoes would be nice), but like I said excellent as written!"

kleescraga User ID: 3865772 132154
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"Absolutely a 5 star, keeper recipe. Husband commented it was better than any restaurant. Better yet it was from pantry stock (except tortellini, but any pasta would work). So fast and easy to prepare."

missre12 User ID: 4905273 150196
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"My family loves meat so I added a pound of Italian sausage and cooked it with the onions and garlic. It took a bit longer, but got rave reviews from all."

dicentra01 User ID: 5468213 195031
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"I already rated this below but I want to add that this morning I wanted to try it cold...OMG.. I THINK I MIGHT LIKE IT BETTER COLD.. It is sooooo good. WOW"

dicentra01 User ID: 5468213 117147
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"It was really good but mine didn't look as creamy as the picture. Regardless it was one I would make again and again.. yummy!"

kath518 User ID: 1891991 132153
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"This recipe was quick and easy to make but delicious! I would make it for company any day! Thank you for sharing!"

MaryFaith528 User ID: 4980891 178132
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"I love this recipe. The sauce goes well with regular noodle pasta but it isn't as filling. Using dried minced onion works, too."

robbinthornton User ID: 3362574 111616
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"Received thumbs up review from whole and easy to change up by adding Italian sausage or chicken or by replacing chopped broccoli for the spinach"

horsey_mom User ID: 4932089 194948
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Everyone loved this recipe! I made it exactly as written, and I wouldn't change a thing. I will definitely be making this again!"

mbhoneybee63 User ID: 4346557 178131
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"I have made this recipe several times. The first time I made it exactly as written and would give it 5 stars. Tasted great as leftovers the next day. The second time I made it I used a can of Rotel tomatoes in place of diced and the flavor was quite good although it was a little drier because the can of Rotel is a bit smaller than diced. I felt quite confident that the leftovers would be good enought that I served them to a guest that arrived unannounced...he loved it! I have just finished eating the third try and again used what I had on hand. I used the written recipe and added 2 tsp of jarred diced jalepeno and about a 1/4 cup each of diced red and green peppers. The peppers just added another layer of flavor. I always complain to my husband when people rate a recipe, either high or low, but say how they changed the recipe. It seems unfair to rate a recipe if you didn't follow it as written. That said, I have rated this recipe 5 stars as written and 5 stars for the ability to add to it as desired...try it, I think you will be impressed!"

TeresaWitt User ID: 4117537 179036
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"Very tasty and easy to make."

1FarmGirl User ID: 6214326 179035
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"Its a keeper! This was excellent! Easy and delicious! Even my picky eater liked it! Will make again, and prbably for a dish at a potluck! Made it for a main dish, although I only used 8oz tortellini and it was plenty, made 4 servings."

mdbell User ID: 3917913 212503
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"Yummy! My whole family liked it. I doubled the sauce ingredients (except the spinach & tomatoes) so we would have left-overs for lunch the next day. Even though I doubled the sauce ingredients, my family thought it had too much spinach. I will make again, but use 1/2 the package of spinach."

Casmicand User ID: 6846416 111602
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"It was a good recipe aside from one thing. The can of tomatoes should be drained. The undrained can made the sauce much too runny. I think the recipe could use a touch more spice, otherwise it was simple and tasty."

MaryBethVan User ID: 6517608 191688
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"Enjoyed the recipe. I thought the tortellini made to recipe too rich. I would enjoy it better with maybe small pasta shells. The next time I make it, I would add extra 1/2 can diced tomatoes and extra cream and a couple extra garlic cloves. My family enjoyed it as well."

swagner User ID: 2202984 179031
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"My family really enjoyed this dish! Great flavor!"

nancymcf User ID: 5846378 212502
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"This was really tasty. Maybe next time to add a little kick, I might use Rotel tomatoes instead. Family liked this a lot."

donna914 User ID: 2673055 179030
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"This was the best & easiest dish I have made in a LONG time! My husband said it was to die for. Of course, it is not a light meal by any means, but it is pure deliciousness. My son has recently cut mean out of his diet, so I have been looking for meatless dishes. This was a GREAT find. Thanks!!!"

Mark_Allen User ID: 6556045 178130
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"Big hit with the family! I added mushrooms to it though."

redeemedbygrace User ID: 5326425 116968
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"once a week baby!!!! love this stuff."

ellasmommy31709 User ID: 5246405 195969
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"This was a HUGE hit with my husband and even my picky toddler! I added chicken and then topped it with a sprinkle of bacon bits. So yummy. 5 stars all the way!!!"

Lori Kostecki User ID: 5325664 194946
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"I can't wait to make this again! I made it on Valentine's Day, and my husband & I were both impressed. I decided to add chicken to make it into a main dish. It is fantastic! I'll be making this the next time I have company."

mommyof6lilones User ID: 5092046 132946
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Love this recipe!!! My husband does not eat meat at all on Fridays, this gives us something else besides eating fish! Thanks!"

cheriy User ID: 6410661 150195
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"This is awesome. I'm sure it would perfect the way it is but I added chicken,fresh red peppers and fresh mushrooms. Absolutly delicious!! I served it over fettuccini noodles. Bravo!"

HotYumMa30 User ID: 5175824 132152
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"My family loved this quick easy meal. There are never enough leftovers of this dish to go around. We love adding shrimp or chicken for added taste and texture."

SheltonSAGirl2011 User ID: 6189992 194927
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"This was excellent! Finally impressed my husband! Will make again :)"

CaseynBentley User ID: 6198586 111601
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This was simple and so good. The sauce would be delicious on any pasta. Makes great leftovers, too!"

terri4468 User ID: 4581392 195951
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"This is by far one of the easiest, best tasting, pasta dishes I have ever tried. I made the recipe exact and it was awesome. Everyone thought I had ordered out for Italian. Next time I will make extra."

MelodyF User ID: 5945263 195028
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I had trouble finding tortellini, so I used rotini noodles and it turned out great."

tinapowell User ID: 1550005 132944
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"This was the best. Sooo good."

jalawrence08 User ID: 5425170 191687
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"Perfect! Even my 7 year old loved it. I used fire-roasted tomatoes and it was very flavorful!"

tdmcmath User ID: 4509345 179028
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"Absolutely delicious! Everyone loved it! And it was so EASY to make! It does looks and taste like something pricey at olive garden but way thrifty! And we didn't miss any meat in this meal! Great for Meatless Mondays!"

BrittneyR User ID: 5831536 123658
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"This was absolutely delicious and easy! I can't wait to serve it to guests! Loved, loved, loved it!!"

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 111600
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"I was not disappointed. It lived up to all the reviews it got. This was Delicious with a Capital D! It was quick and easy to make but looks like you spent all day on it. It is sure to impress any friends and/or family. Can't wait to eat leftovers tomorrow."

hillamanda32 User ID: 5894311 111599
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"Fantastic and so easy!"

kellyknight09 User ID: 5870989 132943
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"WOW! I made this recipe last night with no changes at all and it was FANTASTIC. Only thing I'd do different would be to double the portions so we could have leftovers!! Absolutely delicious!"

jadelin User ID: 4931716 191585
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"One of the best things I've ever tasted! My husband loved it too. I would have sworn there was delicious sweet Italian sausage in it, if I hadn't known better."

Punkyjoe81 User ID: 3773046 117135
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Delicious! What a super-fast, satisfying, one-dish meal!"

tlc1492 User ID: 1318755 150193
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"This was very delicious! It looked like something that would be served at a restaurant. I added some sliced italian sausage and it was fabulous!"

msdishtac User ID: 538263 132151
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"Made this for dinner last night, used mini-raviolis, which were too heavy for the sauce. Not sure if tortellini will still be too heavy, so will make it again, but use linguini. But the flavor - - O M G ! ! Don't change the sauce recipe at all (well, maybe substitute fresh basil for dry, but that's it). YUM YUM YUM! We all went back for seconds, so no leftovers. I'll double the recipe next time!!"

Dorothy Martin User ID: 2056218 179027
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"OH my no words to say how fabulous this was. Hubby loved it too. Made exactly as written except poured the sauce over the tortellini on the plate instead of tossing together first. Can make the sauce ahead, add a salad and french bread and its a great 15 minutes to the table meal."

sponda User ID: 5841715 195027
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"This is a GREAT DISH!!!! This competes with Olive Garden for sure BUT alot cheaper."

newdawn0326 User ID: 5840668 132914
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"This was so quick and easy and was absolutely delicious! My husband thought I got restaurant take-out."

spidergirl502 User ID: 4032835 117134
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Absolutely delicious! My husband and I loved this and will definitely be making it again!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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