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How to Cook Tortellini

How to Cook Tortellini

If you pick up a packaged tortellini, a box of dried tortellini or a bag of frozen tortellini in the grocery and wonder “how do I use this”, then have no worries because this recipe will go over all of that with you.

I’ll show you how to cook tortellini for an easy, light and wonderful weeknight family meal (or, since it comes in a package, you can cook just enough for 1-2 people easily enough too!).

Pairs great with this homemade (and EASY) Spaghetti Sauce.

Here’s What You’ll Need to Know How to Cook Tortellini

  • Packaged Tortellini (Frozen, dried or fresh refrigerated tortellini)
  • Sauce ingredients

Here’s How You Do It

  1. Cook the tortellini according to the package instructions if dried (if frozen or fresh, you can simply start with the part where you add the tortellinis to the sauce.
  2. Make the sauce by mixing the sauce ingredients together.
  3. Add the spinach and pasta to the sauce and allow to simmer.
  4. Enjoy!!!
Spinach Cheese Tortellini in a bowl

Special Equipment for How to Cook Tortellini

You don’t really need any special equipment at all BUT I always find that when I need to dip something out of hot water, my kitchen spider is the best tool for that job.

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How Long to Cook Tortellini

This is going to depend on if you have dried, frozen or fresh.

Dried – cook for 10 minutes in boiling water until al dente. Drain and add to sauce.

Frozen – 5-10 mins in boiling water or added to your simmering sauce to heat through.

Fresh – 5 minutes to heat through in your simmering sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I Freeze This?

Yes, this dish freezes very well after it has been cooked. It’s great for freezing in zip lock bags in single portions that you can warm up for a quick lunch later!

How Long Does This Last?

This dish will last for 5 days if you keep it covered in the refrigerator.

how to cook tortellini on a plate

Tips and Tricks

For Dried Tortellini Pasta

  • You will find dried tortellini pasta in the pasta aisle. It often comes in a box just like the short pasta pieces
  • Dried tortellini pasta cooks up just like any other dried pasta and all you have to do is to follow the directions on the box. Boil it for the amount of time stated and then you can drain it by pouring it into a colander or dipping it out with a kitchen spider.

Fresh Tortellini Pasta

  • You’ll often find the fresh pasta in the refrigerated section of your grocery. These pastas are easy to use and to cook. They only take a moment of warming in your dish.
  • This is the quickest way to get your dinner on the table fast. Just have your sauce ready to go and put the pasta into the sauce. Easy Peasy!

Frozen Tortellini Pasta

  • Add the frozen tortellini directly to the sauce, allow to simmer until heated completely through.

For the Entire Recipe

  • For an even easier dinner, simply add your favorite jarred sauce to the pan and then add the spinach and cooked or ready pasta to it. You can dress it up by adding some additional spices.
  • If you feel that your dish needs some protein, add tofu, chicken, sausage, ground pork or ground beef (cook first).
  • Sprinkle with some feta cheese just before serving for an added cheesy bite.
  • Save by putting into a covered dish in the fridge.
  • Reheat by placing back on the stovetop and warm gently over medium heat.

Substitutions

  • Tortellini – You can literally substitute any pasta for the tortellini but if you do, it won’t have the delicious cheese filling.
  • Sauce Ingredients – you can substitute a jarred sauce for all of the sauce ingredients. You’ll end up with the same end product. You may want to spice it up to your liking
  • Spinach – if spinach isn’t your thing, you can add a different green leafy such as kale BUT spinach wilts so nicely that it would be hard to do better than spinach.

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Spinach Cheese Tortellini in a bowl on a white plate with fresh basil sprinkled around the plate
  • 1 package of cheese tortellini dried, frozen or fresh – prepare per package instructions
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 small onion – diced
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 large can of crushed tomato
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • Pepper and Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp raw sugar
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • ¾ C milk
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ c Parmesan Cheese – grated fresh is best. Plus more to taste.
  • Prepare tortellini per package instructions.

  • In a large stainless steel pan, heat onions in olive oil and butter over medium heat until onions are soft and translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Add the garlic and allow to cook x 1 minutes. Continue to allow the tomato mixture to simmer.

  • Add the tomatoes (juice and all), salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, cumin and dried basil and raw sugar and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Add spinach leaves all at once and place lid on the pan so that spinach can wilt. Stir occasionally until leaves are wilted. If tomato mixture becomes to dry – you can add water ¼ cup at a time as needed to wilt the spinach.

  • Once the spinach is wilted, in a small bowl, mix flour, milk and cream together and whisk together with a fork or a whisk. Once well blended, add to the tomato/spinach mixture. Add the Parmesan Cheese.

  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the tortellini from its cooking water and place into the tomato mixture. Gently mix with a wooden spoon being careful not to tear up the tortellini. Heat on stove top until all is heated through. Serve immediately. Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil

For the Dried Tortellini

  • You will find dried tortellini pasta in the pasta aisle. It often comes in a box just like the short pasta pieces
  • Dried tortellini pasta cooks up just like any other dried pasta and all you have to do is to follow the directions on the box. Boil it for the amount of time stated and then you can drain it by pouring it into a colander or dipping it out with a kitchen spider.

For the Fresh Tortellini

  • You’ll often find the fresh pasta in the refrigerated section of your grocery. These pastas are easy to use and to cook. They only take a moment of warming in your dish.
  • This is the quickest way to get your dinner on the table fast. Just have your sauce ready to go and put the pasta into the sauce. Easy Peasy!

Substitutions

  • Tortellini – You can literally substitute any pasta for the tortellini but if you do, it won’t have the delicious cheese filling.
  • Sauce Ingredients – you can substitute a jarred sauce for all of the sauce ingredients. You’ll end up with the same end product. You may want to spice it up to your liking
  • Spinach – if spinach isn’t your thing, you can add a different green leafy such as kale BUT spinach wilts so nicely that it would be hard to do better than spinach.

For the Frozen

  • Add the frozen tortellini directly to the sauce, allow to simmer until heated completely through.

Nutrition Facts

Spinach Cheese Tortellini

Amount Per Serving

Calories 246
Calories from Fat 198

% Daily Value*

Fat 22g34%

Saturated Fat 11g55%

Trans Fat 0.2g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 8g

Cholesterol 51mg17%

Sodium 144mg6%

Potassium 256mg7%

Carbohydrates 10g3%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 2568IU51%

Vitamin C 8mg10%

Calcium 137mg14%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post originally appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on March 23, 2015 and has been updated with “Here’s what You’ll need”, “Heres how you do it”, FAQ’s, Tips and Tricks, Substitutions, Helpful Equipment, Video, more photos, Photo Alt descriptions, nutrition information, equipment information, reasonable instructions and notes on the recipe.

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