A quick and easy recipe for fresh tortellini with sautéed mushrooms, butter, and tangy Parmesan cheese. This delicious meal can be on your table in 20 minutes flat!
In my list of pantry/fridge staples to stock for quick weeknight dinners, tortellini is definitely near the top of the list. I mean, how can you not love them? Little pieces of pasta folded oh-so-sweetly around a delicious filling? A perfect food.
But beyond the perfection of tortellini all on their own, they are so stinkin’ easy to pair with simple ingredients for a quick transformation into something even more attractive. In this case, three simple ingredients: mushrooms, butter, and Parmesan cheese.
I usually buy pre-sliced mushrooms, because sometimes it’s just the little things that make home cooking seem achievable, you know?
You can find fresh tortellini in nearly any major grocery store, usually in a refrigerated case near mozzarella and other fresh cheeses. They typically come in a variety of fillings: cheese-filled tortellini are a great staple, and I love using spinach, because my little one will happily scarf them down, and I get to tell myself he ate green vegetables.
Tortellini vs. tortelloni
If you’re making a quick pasta dish like this one, I suggest being sure to buy tortellini vs. tortelloni. Quick Italian lesson: “-ini” means small; “-oni” means big. Shocking, right? 🙂 In truth, either is delicious! But if you want your pasta to be cute and little and cook quickly, it’s tortellini that you’re looking for!
And if you can, use real Parmesan! One that actually says Parmigiano-Reggiano stamped on the cheese itself. This article is a good summary of “real” vs. imitation Parmesan, for the curious!
I differ from some because I do believe there are quality imitations for everyday cooking, but if you want to be certain you’re getting a top-notch product and amazing taste, invest in a block of the genuine article. It’s pure tangy deliciousness, and your main challenge will be resisting the urge to eat chunks of cheese all by itself while you’re prepping the rest of the meal.
How to make tortellini with mushrooms
This dish truly could not be simpler, and is literally ready in 20 minutes, tops, even for a novice chef. It’s the perfect recipe to start with if you’re short on time but wanting to start making more weeknight dinners for your family!
Here are the basic steps:
- Boil water, add a pinch of salt, and cook tortellini according to package directions.
- In a skillet, melt butter and a bit of olive oil, then cook the sliced mushrooms. After 5 minutes or so, they’ll be nicely browned.
- Add garlic to the skillet, followed by the cooked and drained pasta, more butter, and that delicious grated Parmesan.
- Give it a stir, sprinkle on a little salt, pepper, and parsley, and serve!
How easy is that!?
This is a filling main dish, and I usually serve it that way along with an ultra-simple arugula or spinach salad. It also goes great with roasted asparagus, or as a side to chicken or steak for a larger meal.
More Quick and Easy Pasta Recipes
- Lemon Asparagus Pasta with Shrimp and Pistachios
- Gnocchi with Pesto and Charred Cherry Tomatoes
- Penne alla Vodka with Chorizo and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Tortellini with Mushrooms, Butter, and Parmesan
- 18 ounces fresh tortellini
- 3 tablespoons butter divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 12 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- kosher salt & black pepper to taste
- Boil a large pot of water. Add a generous pinch of salt and cook tortellini according to package instructions, just to al dente.
- While the pasta cooks, add 2 tablespoons butter and the olive oil to a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are nicely browned. Add garlic and cook for another 30-60 seconds, just until fragrant.
- Add the drained tortellini, remaining 1 tablespoon butter, Parmesan, and parsley to the skillet. Stir to combine and melt the cheese slightly. Season with salt, pepper, and more parsley as desired. Serve and enjoy!