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4.65 from 14 votes

Creamy Tuscan Tortellini

Flavorful, quick, and super simple! One pan and 20 minutes transform store-bought tortellini into a gourmet meal with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and cream.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 6-8 cranks of freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 18-20 ounces fresh cheese or spinach-filled tortellini
  • 2 generous handfuls fresh baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh basil slivered, optional, for garnish


  • Add the olive oil and butter to a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter melts, add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 30 seconds, just until fragrant.
  • Add the broth, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the cream, followed by the tortellini. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, then check the tortellini. If they’re not tender, return the lid and cook for 30-60 seconds more, but take care not to cook too long, or the sauce will separate. If you’re on the fence, go ahead and proceed with the next step.
  • Remove the lid, reduce heat again to low, and stir in spinach, Parmesan, and lemon juice. Let spinach wilt for about 1 minute. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Serve right away with additional Parmesan or fresh slivered basil.


  • I prefer the sun-dried tomatoes that are sold dried, rather than those packed in oil. You can buy them either in halves or julienned, which just means cut into small, thin strips. They're often sold with the salad fixings or in the produce department.
  • Don't worry if the sauce does separate - it still tastes wonderful, it just won't appear quite so "creamy." 

Nutrition Estimate

Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 470 kcal, Carbohydrates: 45 g, Protein: 16 g, Fat: 26 g, Saturated Fat: 14 g, Cholesterol: 102 mg, Sodium: 822 mg, Potassium: 319 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 5 g, Vitamin A: 1948 IU, Vitamin C: 7 mg, Calcium: 256 mg, Iron: 2 mg
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