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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Joelen said...

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

Katie said...

Droool! That tomato sauce looks DIVINE!!

Kevin said...

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

Belle | Muse in the Kitchen said...

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.

Mary Ellen said...

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

the twins said...

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