Tortellini Reimagined: 9 Outside-the-Box Recipes

The thing about tortellini is, though we love them treated with Marcella Hazan-style simplicity and tradition, they also dress up in more contemporary ways. Here are 9 recipes that treat cheese tortellini as a pasta shape, ready for baking, tossing into soup, mixing into salad, and coating with tomato sauce.

1. Tortellini with Spicy Sausage Ragu


Fresh cheese tortellini seem like such delicate things, and they can be. They can also hold up beautifully in a bolder dish, like this sausage and tomato pasta sauce. Get our Tortellini with Spicy Sausage Ragu recipe.

2. Vegetable Minestrone with Tortellini


Like us, you’re probably used to the pasta presence in minestrone being limited to a handful of orzo or macaroni. Add cheese tortellini, though, and minestrone becomes a substantial meal, rib-sticking and delicious. Get our Vegetable Minestrone with Tortellini recipe.

3. Baked Tortellini with Chard, Mushrooms, and Mozzarella


Tortellini doesn’t have to be ravioli’s delicate cousin. You can toss it with tomato sauce, mix in sautéed Swiss chard and mushroom, add cheese and bake. What you get is a fantastic, one-dish lasagna alternative. Get our Baked Tortellini with Chard, Mushrooms, and Mozzarella recipe.

4. Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Bombshell Bling

This recipe calls for Barilla Three-Cheese Tortellini, which—according to Bombshell Bling blogger Sarah—“doesn’t taste like dried pasta at all!” The sauce you toss them in is a luxurious blend of half-and-half, tomato, and Parmesan cheese. Get Bombshell Bling’s Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini recipe.

5. Sausage, Kale, and Tortellini Soup

Life's Ambrosia

Use two kinds of broth (chicken and vegetable) for a complex base. Apart from that, the sausage is turkey and the cheese tortellini are fresh, adding up to a soup that goes down light but feels comfort-food satisfying. Get Life’s Ambrosia’s Sausage, Kale, and Tortellini Soup recipe.

6. Slow Cooker Italian Tortellini Stew

Betty Crocker

A convenience soup that doesn’t taste that way. Canned tomatoes and beans, fresh zucchini and onion, and dried cheese tortellini fall beneath the patient-simmer spell of the crockpot, and come out rich and deeply flavored. Get Betty Crocker’s Slow Cooker Italian Tortellini Stew recipe.

7. Deep-Fried Tortellini

Kleinworth & Co.

Like toasted ravioli, deep-fried tortellini are a guilty pleasure. The little stuffed pasta shapes fry up crisp and slightly chewy, with a creamy-soft cheese center. Serve with marinara sauce for dunking. Get Kleinworth & Co.’s Deep-Fried Tortellini recipe.

8. Quick Tortellini Bake with Rose Sauce

Pass the Sushi

Rose sauce is a tart and creamy blend of cream cheese, milk, and premade spaghetti sauce (which means it’s also quick and easy to throw together). The dairy softens the tomato-sauce edge, a worthy medium for baked cheese tortellini. Get Pass the Sushi’s Quick Tortellini Bake with Rose Sauce recipe.

9. Tortellini, Broccoli, and Bacon Salad

Betty Crocker

Crisp cooked bacon, halved cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, chives, sunflower seeds, and coleslaw dressing, meet cheese tortellini. The resulting salad is full of contrasting textures and harmonious flavors. Get Betty Crocker’s Tortellini, Broccoli, and Bacon Salad recipe.

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