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Tortellini with Asparagus & Lemon

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


  • 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 zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 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.
  • Remove from heat; stir in herbs, lemon zest and lemon juice. Drain tortellini; transfer to a large bowl. Stir in cheeses and asparagus mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 594 calories, 28g fat (15g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 843mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Petrich
    Jan 25, 2019

    love this recipe

  • Amanda
    Dec 29, 2018

    This has certainly made the list of favorites in our house! So fresh and light...much needed since we have been on comfort food overload from the holidays. Good anytime of the year! I made some chicken breasts seasoned with lemon pepper with it. Yum!

  • bfmulligan
    May 31, 2018

    This was super good!! I made it twice this week. I served it with a barbecued tri tip and with hamburgers. Just be sure to reserve some pasta water to loosen the pasta if it gets dry. Definitely adding this one to my go-to recipes.

  • Megan
    Apr 21, 2018

    Delicious! We loved this dish! Very light, flavorful with the herbs and perfect touch of lemon. I added grilled chicken to ours. Will be making again!

  • PrplMonky5
    Oct 12, 2017

    We LOVED this! I divided this recipe in half for just my husband and I, and it did seem to give 3 good-sized portions. I only had dry tortellini so using the conversion, I started with about 6 ounces dry. I also only used dry parsley (rounded 1/8 tsp) and dry dill weed (about half of 1/8 tsp). I did do the grated lemon and fresh lemon juice (which I think really made a difference). This was so good I can't wait to try it again!Update: made this again this evening except with leftover asparagus. I made everything exactly as-is except didn't cook the asparagus long in the skillet (just long enough to heat it). I think the recipe may even do well without the Parmesan, which I may try next time.

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Sep 7, 2017

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  • cindiak
    Jun 14, 2017

    This was delicious. I love lemon and thought it was perfect. I like how versatile the recipe is. I pretty much add whatever protein or veggies I have on hand and it's always turned out good.

  • motoes
    May 30, 2017

    I live alone so only used one package of tortellini. Cannot imagine it with two. I only halved the tortellin, nothing else. Delicious!

  • ski271
    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
    Apr 5, 2016

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