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Creamy Tomato Tortellini

This creamy tomato tortellini recipe is made in one pan for a fast, easy, and comforting weeknight dinner! 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword one pan tortellini recipe, tortellini in tomato sauce, tortellini with tomato cream sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 685kcal


  • 2 (9 ounce) packages refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving, to taste


  • Add the butter to a skillet over medium heat. Once it melts, add the garlic and sauté for about a minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, cream, and Italian seasoning. Stir/whisk until it's nice and smooth.
  • Stir in the tortellini (no need to boil it first). Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
  • If the tortellini is still a little firm, continue cooking it for another few minutes (stoves and pans vary). If needed, increase the heat a bit. If the sauce thickens/reduces too much (the pasta releases starch, thickening the sauce as it cooks), add another splash of cream or a little chicken/veg broth.
  • Season with salt & pepper as needed (I'm fairly generous with both).
  • Serve immediately with plenty of parmesan cheese grated over top.


  • I don't recommend subbing the cream with something that has a lower fat content as it may curdle due to the acid in the tomatoes.
  • Since this is a one pan meal and the tortellini isn't cooked ahead of time, be sure to use the refrigerated variety of tortellini... not the dry stuff found in the pasta aisle.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 685kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1210mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1603IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 5mg