Tortellini with Creamy Tomato Sauce

My husband and son love a good pasta dish with tomato sauce. Recently I went to our local grocery store and saw refrigerated cheese tortellini on sale, so I picked up a couple of packages. What made me excited is that this takes only 3 minutes to cook.

I had jarred pasta sauce on hand so I decided to make a creamy tomato sauce for my cheese tortellini. I almost never use off-the-shelf pasta sauce as it is. I always “doctor it up” to make it much better, and I hope I can inspire you to do the same.

This was so quick and delicious, I had to share the recipe with you. You can use any meat- or mushroom-flavored tortellini too. I wanted to keep it vegetarian.

This recipe comes together pretty fast since I used fresh tortellini. While your pasta cooks you can make the sauce, then put it all together!

You can serve this dish with a side salad and store-bought garlic bread to make a complete weeknight dinner.

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Ingredients

  • 2 10 oz. packages cheese tortellini (fresh)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 24 oz. jarred pasta sauce (I used Prego traditional)
  • 1/4 cup water to rinse the pasta jar
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese (plus a little more to garnish)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips for garnish (optional)
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Instructions

Heat oil in a large heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft for around 3-5 minutes. Turn down the heat to medium-low.

Add pasta sauce, then take 1/4 cup water to rinse the pasta jar. Add rinsed pasta water to the pot along with chili flakes, sugar, salt, pepper. Stir well, then cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring a few times in between.

Next, add heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Stir well and cook for an additional minute or until cheese is melted.

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Meanwhile, Cook the tortellini in a large pot of boiling, salted, and a little oil until just done for around 3-4 minutes.

Drain the pasta well, then add it to the pan with the sauce. Stir well, then taste for seasoning.

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Transfer the pasta to individual serving bowl, top with extra parmesan cheese and fresh basil!

Serves 6

Did you make this dish? I’d love to know how it turns out! Feel free to like, share, and comment or use the hashtag #globaldinein on Instagram. If you would like to be notified of upcoming posts, please consider subscribing to my blog!

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