This is one of our family’s favorite quick meals: Three Cheese Tortellini with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes~ Another 15 minute meal!
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So Simple, So Lovely:
To keep this recipe super simple I use a pre-made three cheese tortellini from the grocery store. Depending on the brand, fresh pasta cooks in 3-7 minutes, making this complete meal quick and easy! If I were having guests and wanted to use this recipe as a side dish, I would serve this pasta with my garlic roasted chicken for no fuss entertaining.
While pasta cooks I sauté traditional Italian herbs and vegetables that really pack a flavorful punch: sun dried tomatoes in oil, spring onions, spinach and roasted pine nuts. Then I “finish” the pasta in the pan and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt!
The Recipe: Three Cheese Tortellini with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes
You will need: a large pan, a stock pot, sea salt, and a quality olive oil. (affiliate links)
A savory pasta made start to finish in less than 15 minutes. You can use any pasta you wish. I use a fresh three cheese tortellini (found in the refrigerated section). You could use a chicken tortellini, ravioli, plain pasta noodles etc...
- 16 oz fresh cheese tortellini (I use Three Cheese Tortellini from Whole Foods)
- 4-6 Tablespoons good quality olive oil, separated
- 10 green onions, sliced
- 3/4 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil and garlic, chopped
- 10 leaves basil, chopped
- 3 large handfuls baby spinach
- 1/2 cup roasted pine nuts
- sea salt, to taste
- if using a plain pasta instead of cheese filled tortellini, you can add a cup of fresh Parmesan
Set large stock pot to boil (cook pasta to package instructions)
While water is heating, prepare all ingredients
Add pasta to water and cook to package instructions. Most fresh pastas cook VERY quickly so be ready with a colander in the sink.
Place a large pan on medium/ high heat, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of pan
When oil is hot, add green onions and sauté for 3 minutes
Add sun dried tomatoes, cook for two more minutes, stirring here and there
Right before pasta is ready, add basil and spinach to pan .
Strain pasta in colander, do not rinse. Add pasta to pan with veggies to 'finish'
Toss pasta with ingredients in pan for 30 seconds
Drizzle with 2 tablespoons Olive Oil and Sprinkle with sea salt, toss again
Pour pasta into a bowl. Garnish with Pine Nuts. Toss and serve.
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That looks so good! I wish I had this dinner tonight. Yum!
You can have it tomorrow night!
Oooo! THIS! I want this now! (where do i find pouches of sun dried tomatoes??)
They are in the grocery stores here. I did link to them in the post but I am sure you can find them!
You can find the sun dried tomatoes in your local grocery store in the produce department or at your local Costco. If you still don’t have luck, you can visit our website at http://www.bellasunluci.com.
Great recipe, Linda!
Mooney Farms (brand owner of Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomatoes)
So sinfully deliciously looking.
Thanks for another super easy recipe Linda! Tortellini and ravioli are my absolute favorite form of pasta and I can’t wait to give this a whirl! 🙂
Mmmm, looks delicious! Love quick and simple but scrumptious meals!
Holy yummy tortellini batman! This looks delicious. Thanks for the beautiful recipe!
You are welcome Loriel!
I love this recipe. I love everything you make! Seriously, all your recipes remind me of the food I grew up with, my gourmet mama’s cooking. Just lovely. Pine nuts, tortellini, sun dried tomatoes… all of the ingredients are favorites.
Thank you Megan! If I ever get to Oregon I want to taste your ice cream!
Wow, this looks so tasty!! I wish I could have this for dinner tonight!
I can’t wait to make this Christmas Day – I have vegetarians, gluten intolerant and dairy intolerant coming for dinner. I will substitute the 3-cheese for gluten free rotini and think it will work for everyone! Thanks for making this such an easy solution!!!
You are welcome! This recipe works great for plain pasta too!
Tasted even better then I thought I could make it. Instead of pine nuts, I used sliced almonds. Plus, i pan fried cherry tomatoes because i couldnt get the right sundried tomatoes.Thanks alot.
What is better than a really, really good 15-minute meal? This is soooo good! Love the pinenuts in the recipe!
Pine nuts are my favorite!