Cheesy Garlic Tortellini Pasta

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! To complete this tasty meal, try serving with Homemade Caesar Salad, Olive Garden Breadsticks, and Baked Parmesan Asparagus.

Cheesy Tortellini Pasta in a white bowl.

Tortellini Pasta

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.

buitoni Tortellini Pasta in a package

How to Make It

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!

Cheese Tortellini Sauce in a pan

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.

Favorite Tortellini Pasta in a white bowl

For more tortellini recipes:

Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Cheesy garlic tortellini pasta is covered in a delish homemade sauce, and is ready in 20 minutes! It is perfect for busy weeknights.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 422 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 20 oz cheese tortellini
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose 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


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  1. Hi there! This looks delicious! Is it okay to use bagged parmesan? I can’t find fresh parm at the store to shred myself!

  2. Hi There, is the calorie count for the whole recipe or just a serving? And how many servings should this make? Thank you, it looks very very good!

  3. Oohhh you had me at cheesy garlic! This is the perfect recipe for a cold iowa night – thank you!!

    p.s. on your front page under “family favorites” – pasta is not clickable, but all the others are.

  4. 5 stars
    So EASY, so TASTY!! I used chicken/mozzarella ravioli and added broccoli instead of pancetta or bacon. So, so good! Thank you for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    This was so easy and so very yummy! I switched out the cheese because of what I had on hand but it will be put on our menu rotation for sure !