Cheesy garlic tortellini pasta is covered in a delish homemade sauce, and is ready in 20 minutes! It is perfect for busy weeknights.
Creamy cheesy garlic tortellini pasta is by far one of our family’s favorite tortellini recipes! This cheesy white sauce is to die for. To complete this tasty meal try serving with Homemade Caesar Salad, Olive Garden Breadsticks, and Baked Parmesan Asparagus.
I’m always looking for simple dinner ideas that the whole family will love, and always have luck with pasta recipes. From spaghetti to fettuccine, I like to add one of these pasta recipes to the weekly menu plan because they’re usually simple and something all of my kids will eat.
This recipe was inspired by our Creamy Penne Pasta recipe that we make at least once a month. I love tortellini and was trying to get my kids to like it, so I decided to use tortellini noodles in this recipe, and it was a hit!
This Cheesy Garlic Tortellini Pasta is now a new dinner recipe that the kids loved! Since there are so many varieties of tortellini (meat filled, cheese filled, etc.), I’m hoping we can try out other versions as well.
Cheese tortellini sauce
TORTELLINI. A good rule of thumb for the water to tortellini ratio is 1 quart of water for every 4 ounces of pasta. Knowing that, you will bring your water to a boil, and add salt to taste (if you like). Gently stir in tortellini and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Drain and set aside until sauce is ready.
SAUCE. Just melt the butter in a saucepan, add the garlic and sauté for a minute, then add the flour and cook for a minute. Stir in the milk and chicken broth and stir until it boils and thickens. Add the parmesan cheese, stir until the cheese is totally melted, and voila!
COMBINE & SERVE. Add your pasta (in this case, cheese tortellini) to the sauce, flavor with a little salt and pepper, and sprinkle with some fresh parsley. That’s it! Easiest pasta recipe and it’s ready in no more than 20 minutes!
Recipe Tips + Storing Info
You can use dry tortellini, or any type of pasta for that matter. But we definitely prefer the flavor of fresh cheese tortellini (and it’s faster to cook)!
Some of our favorite veggies to add to this dish include chopped asparagus, broccoli, zucchini and peppers. Just add the veggies already steamed when you add the pasta to the recipe.
Most grocery stores carry fresh tortellini, but sometimes it can be tricky to find. It won’t be in the same isle as dry pasta. I’ve usually seen it near the refrigerated meats and cheeses. 😉
Place leftover tortellini in an air-tight container and STORE in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. REHEAT in the microwave or by reheating on the stove. You may need to add a little bit of broth to thin out sauce.
For more tortellini recipes:
- Italian Tortellini Soup
- Chicken Tortellini Soup
- Tortellini Bake
- Easy Tortellini Salad
- Cheesy Baked Tortellini
- Tomato Tortellini Soup
Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Recipe
- 20 oz cheese tortellini
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp fresh parsley chopped
- Cook tortellini according to packaged directions.
- Melt butter in a medium sauce pan, add garlic.
- Cook for 1 minute over medium heat
- Add flour and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.
- Add milk and broth, stirring constantly. Cook until sauce boils and thickens.
- Add parmesan cheese. Add desired salt and pepper. Continue stirring until cheese has melted.
- Add cooked tortellini to sauce, and gently mix until coated. Sprinkle with fresh parsley