Easiest Tortellini Recipe

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My friend, Kerri, made this for me awhile back. It is a recipe from Southern Living. I have adapted it just a bit. I loved it so much at her house.

I memorized what was in it so I could search the internet for the recipe. This is such an easy and delicious dish. I like to make it on nights I don’t have a lot of time to cook, but still want my family to have a homemade meal. It takes about fifteen minutes to make start to finish.

I added just a few things.

As I do. But if you want to follow the original recipe, just click the link above. I like it both ways.

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Ingredients

20 oz. package of tortellini (I use Costco’s 24 oz. package and I use the whole thing)
1 16 oz. jar of Alfredo sauce with sun dried tomatoes (I believe Classico is the only brand that makes this)
1/4 cup white wine
1 14.5 oz. can drained petite diced tomatoes
1 clove minced garlic (I use one packet from the frozen pack)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (I use one packet from the frozen pack)
1 pinch of dried red pepper flakes (1/8 tsp.)
3 Tbsp. Olive oil
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Optional:

2 cooked diced chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. Red pepper spread

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First, boil water in large pot. Add tortellini and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the boiling water and cook pasta according to directions on package. Before draining, carefully reserve 1/3 cup water.

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In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium low . Sauté garlic for one minute (if you are using red pepper spread add this with the garlic).

Add Alfredo sauce to skillet.

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Add wine to empty Alfredo sauce jar. Gently shake. Pour wine into skillet.

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Add tomatoes and basil to skillet. Let mixture simmer five minutes.

Add chicken with the tomatoes and basil if you are using this.

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Add drained tortellini. Mix in pepper flakes, reserved water, and parmesan cheese.

Stir.

Heat for one minute. Turn off heat.

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Serve up this easy meal. And enjoy!

Thanks Kerri for making me this. It was so good! My family absolutely loves it.

7 thoughts on “Easiest Tortellini Recipe

    • Thank you Stephen! I love that recipe. I am glad it looked good to you. I have no clue as to what I will be making for dinner tonight. I had chocolate cake for lunch so it has to be something healthy.

      I hope you are doing well! Have a terrific week!

      Jenni

  1. Jenni, this looks incredible! I’m such a sucker for filled pasta like tortellini, ravioli, etc. I have such a difficult time controlling myself when I have that type of food in front of me! Thanks for sharing this, as I think it will become a fast favorite in our household when I give it a whirl.

    I loved using that brand of frozen basil, but they recently stopped carrying it in any of our local stores. 🙁 I feel like every time I buy fresh basil, it ends up wilting before I get around to using it. I hope they restock it soon!

    • Casey – the same thing happens to us with fresh basil. Now, I put a post-it note on it that says “Eat This With Everything”. It’s been working. yay! I get weirdly upset when I have to throw out bad basil. bad bananas, or even worse – a bad avocado. lol

      That tortellini looks so yummy, Jenni!

      • Thanks Cynthia! Wow! You are so much more on top of it than me! I can never find anything in my refrigerator. Let alone a note! I need to be more organized! That is a great idea you have!

        Let me know if you ever try it! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

        Jenni

    • Thanks Casey! Do you have a Trader Joe’s near you? I find mine there. Those frozen packs of anything are what save me. In fact, I have an onion on my counter right now that I am getting ready to chop up and freeze so I have chopped onion always on hand. It is such a time saver. And fresh herbs are SO expensive! And I always have to throw them away. Such a bummer!

      Have a lovely week!

      Jenni

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