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These tortellini recipes are deliciously easy dinners that everyone will enjoy! Serve this pasta with creamy sauces, in soups, salads more.

Tortellini recipes

Looking for dinner…fast? Tortellini to the rescue! This type of pasta boils in just 2 minutes, making it ideal for easy weeknight dinners. It’s also great for side dishes and even works in appetizers. These tortellini recipes are genius ways to combine bold flavors into filling dishes. Here are our favorite recipes from this website and a few others from around the internet.

Tortelloni vs tortellini

Before we start: most recipes for tortellini actually use tortelloni pasta. What is tortelloni vs tortellini?

  • Tortelloni is a pasta shape that is larger than tortellini and has a filled center. Tortellini is smaller and ring shaped, with a hole in the middle. In traditional Italian cooking, tortelloni filling is vegetarian whereas tortellini often has meat. Tortellini is also often served in broth, whereas tortelloni is served with creamy sauces.
  • Where to find it? Tortelloni is easy to find the refrigerated section at your local grocery. It’s usually not available dried or frozen (though you can find tortellini dried and frozen).

And now…our top easy tortellini recipes!

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15 Easy Tortellini Recipes for a Quick Meal

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 12 to 16 ounces frozen or refrigerated cheese tortelloni (large tortellini)*
  • 28 ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or best quality crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves, tightly packed (or chopped spinach)
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 4 ounce goat cheese log


  1. Boil the pasta according to the package instructions (fresh usually takes 2 to 3 minutes and frozen takes 2 to 5 minutes to boil). Then drain it. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, place the crushed tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, kosher salt, spinach, and whole basil leaves. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer while the pasta cooks or at least 10 minutes.
  3. When the pasta is done and drained, add it to the skillet. Crumble in the goat cheese into the sauce and stir until a creamy sauce forms (if you’d like, save out a few crumbles for topping). Serve immediately.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dinner
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Tortellini recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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