Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cheese Tortellini in a Tomato-Garlic-Wine Sauce

What is with this rainy weather in the Northeast? I'm so sick of the rain and just want a dry, sunny day. I feel so blah and have no inspiration, and couldn't think of a thing to make for dinner tonight.

But since we didn't feel like going out to eat or getting take-out, I decided to whip something up. I had a package of frozen cheese tortellini to use, as well as 2 tomatoes, so I went with that to come up with this quick and easy dinner.


  • 10 oz frozen cheese tortellini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (less if you like less heat)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 c white wine
  • 1/3 c water from the pot of tortellini (grab the water before you drain the pasta)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook tortellini
  • In a large saute pan, heat olive oil
  • Add shallots and garlic; saute 3 minutes
  • Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, and red pepper flakes; saute 3 minutes
  • Add wine and let simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add reserved water
  • Toss with tortellini, top with Parmesan cheese

This was the perfect quick and easy dinner on a night when I had no energy or motivation to cook. But surprisingly, I ended up with a delicious dinner with little effort. I served it with roasted asparagus, and Jon had flounder stuffed with lobster that he picked up at the local market.

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  1. That sauce looks wonderful and great paired with the cheese tortellini!

  2. Droool! That tomato sauce looks DIVINE!!

  3. That pasta looks good. I really like simple fresh pastas like this in the Summer.

  4. This looks delicious. Sounds really simple, too. Now I'm thinking we should keep cheese tortellini in the fridge (they stay fresh for a while, don't they? or maybe freeze them?), for those days when there's no time.

  5. Belle - I buy the frozen bags of tortellini to keep in for nights like this!

  6. i love tortellini, and this looks so good! thanks for the recipe.