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Cheesy tortellini pasta is covered in a delish homemade sauce, and is ready in 20 minutes! It is perfect for busy weeknights.

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

We are always looking for simple dinner ideas that the whole family will love, and always have luck with pasta recipes

From spaghetti to fettuccine, we 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.

Today’s 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! S

How to Make Tortellini Pasta

  1. TORTELLINI. 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.
  2. SAUCE. 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!
  3. 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!
Cheese Tortellini Sauce in a pan

Recipe Tips + Storing

  • We love cheese filled tortellini, but use any of your favorites (meat or spinach filled work great too!)
  • Add your favorite veggies to this dish including chopped asparagus, broccoli, zucchini and peppers. Just add the veggies already steamed when you add the pasta to the recipe.
  • STORE. 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

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5 from 10 votes

Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Cheesy garlic tortellini pasta is covered in a delish homemade sauce, and is ready in 20 minutes! It is perfect for busy weeknights.
Servings: 6
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


  • 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
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  • 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



Serving: 6g, Calories: 422kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 749mg, Potassium: 105mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 317IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 279mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. Jean says:

    Absolutely LOVE your recipes! I have never made one that wasn’t an instant family favorite.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Aw, thank you so much!! I’m so glad you have enjoyed the recipes!!

  2. Ann Gates says:

    I added chicken and broccoli for a great dinner meal ❤

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Mmmm sounds like an amazing dinner!!

  3. Peggy says:

    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 !

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Perfect!! Thank you for sharing that!

  4. Teri Carrillo says:

    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!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      You are so welcome! Sounds good! Thank you so much!

  5. Ana Maria says:

    5 stars
    I would eat this every day if I could!

  6. Kathy Haan | idyllic pursuit says:

    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.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Right?! I’m with ya! Thank you & hope you try it! opens on my end. Not sure it wouldn’t??

  7. susan Lorette says:

    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!

  8. Lisa says:

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

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Of course 🙂 I hope you like this!!

      1. Lisa says:

        It was FANTASTIC!!!! I did wind up finding some block parmesan and it was just out of thIs world.

      2. Kristyn Merkley says:

        Yay!! Thanks for letting me know!