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National Tortellini Day Is Coming! Prepare with These Delicious Recipes

A crockery bowl filled with tortellini.
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Tortellini is an Italian stuffed pasta and, if you’ve never tried it, it’s sure to be your new favorite. Packed with creamy cheese, meat, and other savory ingredients, it’s no surprise Tortellini Day (February 13) falls just before Valentine’s.

This fresh, ring-shaped pasta stuffed with cheese and smothered in sauce will surely have you smitten. From baked casseroles to creamy alfredo dishes, and even a tortellini salad, we have something for everyone!

Baked Tortellini in Meat Sauce

This baked tortellini dish made it to the top of our list, not only because of its hearty, satisfying flavor but also due to its simplicity. After working all day, getting the kids off the bus, and rolling into your nightly routine, dinner often becomes a dreaded task.

However, for this recipe, you only need a few ingredients and 15 minutes; then, let your oven do the rest. To all the pasta and meat lovers out there: This one’s for you.

Get the Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo

Tortellini Carbonara

A wooden bowl filled with tortellini carbonara.
The Chunky Chef

Pasta carbonara is a simple, delicious dish you make by very slowly coating cooked pasta in a creamy sauce made from eggs, cheese, and pork.

Many people steer clear of carbonara due to the raw egg. But as long as you take your time and cook it thoroughly (without scrambling), you’ll be good to go. Follow the author’s instructions and use pasteurized eggs, too.

While carbonara requires many rich ingredients, you only lightly coat the pasta with them. So, this sauce doesn’t have the same creamy overload effect that a sauce like Alfredo does. Try this out and serve it with some garlic bread or a side salad.

Get the Recipe: The Chunky Chef

Cheesy Tortellini with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are trendy right now, and for good reason. These mini cabbages have a powerful bite, but when you mix them with other flashy ingredients, they liven up this vegetable even more.

To get started on this dish, you cook the bacon and sprouts together, and then add garlic, cream, and crushed red pepper. You mix in the tortellini, top it with mozzarella (there’s no better cheese), and voilà—you’ve got a meal made in heaven.

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Cheese Tortellini with Mushrooms

A plate filled with tortellini and cremini mushrooms, garnished with fresh sage.
Salt and Lavender

If you are all about fungi and will eat anything smothered in mushrooms, we might have just found a new recipe for you to try. Cheese tortellini, fresh sage, and cremini mushrooms effortlessly complement one another in this straightforward dish.

First, you cook your tortellini. Next, to bring out its sweet, earthy taste, you sauté the sage in butter, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. It’s a satisfying, simple sauce for this delicious meal.

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Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

This soup certainly boasts a tasty broth, and although it’s creamy-rich, it’s also nutritious. Filled with veggies, chicken, and three-cheese tortellini, you’ll love warming up a bowl.

Grab your comfy socks and sweats, throw on a binge-worthy series, and enjoy slurping this hearty hot soup.

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Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad

A large bowl of tortellini pasta salad on a cutting board surrounded by cherry tomatoes and a small container of extra virgin olive oil.
Host the Toast

Antipasto grabs the attention of many folks. If you’re into all things olive, cheese, and meat, then this pasta salad will satisfy your cravings.

While antipasto is usually served as an appetizer, this pasta salad will undoubtedly fill everyone up if you serve it as an entrée. Otherwise, save this recipe and show it off at a summer barbeque.

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Chicken Tortellini Alfredo

We’ll finish things off with another simple recipe. Learn to make a creamy Alfredo sauce with a roux, chicken broth, cream, and garlic. A touch of lemon juice brings a bit of tang to enhances this dish even further.

Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper make their way into the skillet before you cook the chicken and toss in the tortellini. Enjoy this filling meal with ciabatta bread or a salad.

Get the Recipe: Salt and Lavender

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Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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