Italian tortellini are some of the best stuffed pasta you’ll find at the grocery store in the frozen food section for about $1.99 a bag. Tortellini is a meal that your family will love especially when you are in a pinch for time or are on a tight budget.
If you are adventurous and want to make fresh tortellini they would beat out any store-bought brand but it can be a bit time consuming. Since we have a busy toddler running around and I’m working 2 jobs we’re cheating today with frozen ricotta stuffed tortellini for this 30 minute-meal.
Since having our boy things have changed a bit in the kitchen which means until he is a bit older we have to compromise on some of the store-bought items that we normally would attempt to make at home.
I’ve been a tortellini lover for years now because when I lived in the UK tortellini was very inexpensive to buy and fit nicely with my tight budget. What I like about tortellini is how you can bulk out the meal with meat and vegetables to stretch it.
Back then I would eat tortellini about 2 times a week, every week whether it be chicken tortellini soup or a quick pasta dish. I was always trying to come up with tortellini recipe ideas because it can get boring eating the same food all the time.
Tortellini pasta can be paired with a cream tortellini sauce or a standard Italian pasta sauce. Some of our Italian pasta sauces cook for 8 hours but you don’t have to wait that long to enjoy a delicious healthy pasta meal.
Types of tortellini
Most standard filled tortellini will be stuffed with either beef, spinach or ricotta cheese although you can pretty much fill them with whatever you like. Tortellini are the same as ravioli or any other stuffed pasta except a different shape.
How to cook tortellini
Tortellini is cooked like any other pasta. We take a large pasta pot, fill it with cold water, add salt and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and wait until they float. Generally this will take me about 5-7 minutes. Once they surface your pasta is done but test one to make sure it is Al Dente. You don’t want mushy tortellini, trust me. I’ve been there, done that.
What to serve with tortellini
When I make a tortellini dinner or lunch like this I will a almost always have a vinaigrette dressing with a garden salad. There is something delightful about cleansing the palate after eating pasta that makes salad a perfect fit. If you want bread with your tortellini dish by all means grill some garlic bread with mozzarella as a side. I won’t judge you because I’d eat it too. Delicious.
How to make a quick pasta sauce
The key to my quick pasta sauce is using tomato passata and chopping your vegetables small. I also like tender sausages in my sauce so I boil them to pre-cook them before I fry them. You will want to cook your sauce on high heat then reduce the sauce to simmer for 15 minutes.
If you have more time than 30 minutes and want to make an authentic Italian Pasta sauce with meatballs give my recipe a chance as it will change your pasta sauce forever.
Tomato Passata is also known as Tomato Passato or Passata di Pomodoro.
It seems as if passata is an uncooked tomato puree that has been strained of seeds and skins. It originated in Italy but is used throughout Europe. Some passatas are chunkier and some are smoother, depending on the brand.- The Kitchn
How to make tortellini pasta with sausage
- 1lb bag of tortellini pasta
- large pot of cold water
- 1 teaspoon salt for water
- Pasta Sauce
- 1 500ml jar of Tomato Passata (Jar of tomatoes)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 carrot chopped small
- 2 celery stalks chopped small
- 2 tablespoons dry basil
- 2 tablespoons dry oregano
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 package of 5 fresh sausages or homemade
- In a small pot fill half-way with cold water and bring to a boil. Add your sausages and boil for 2 minutes. Remove.
- In a sauce pan add your garlic, olive oil and sausages and saute until golden brown about 5 minutes
- Remove from the frying pan, let rest 1 minute then slice and add back into the frying pan
- Add your carrots, celery and onion and saute for 2 minutes then add your passata tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, water and sugar.
- Bring to a medium boil then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add the sauce to the tortellini and mix
- Top each plate of tortellini with fresh grated parmigiana regianno or Romano cheese/
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