How to make the Italian Dumpling Tortellini

Italian Tortellini is a type of pasta that originated in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy. It is known for its unique shape, typically resembling a small ring or navel. Traditionally, tortellini is filled with a mixture of meat, such as pork loin, prosciutto, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. However, there are also variations with cheese, spinach, or other ingredients.

Tortellini is often served in a flavorful broth or with a sauce. Some popular preparations include tortellini in brodo (tortellini in broth), tortellini alla panna (tortellini with cream sauce), or tortellini al ragù (tortellini with meat sauce). It is a versatile pasta that can be paired with various ingredients and sauces, making it a favorite dish among Italians and pasta enthusiasts worldwide.

Italian tortellini

Tortellini with Tomato Cream Sauce

This recipe features cheese-filled tortellini tossed in a creamy tomato sauce. It's a flavorful and satisfying dish that is relatively quick and easy to prepare. The combination of tender pasta, rich cream, and tangy tomatoes creates a delightful balance of flavors. This recipe serves approximately four people.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 PEOPLE
Calories 550 kcal


  • 1 skillet


  • 1 package about 18 ounces cheese tortellini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can 14 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  • Cook the tortellini according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir well. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the heavy cream, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients. Simmer the sauce for an additional 5 minutes, allowing it to thicken slightly.
  • Add the cooked tortellini to the skillet and toss gently to coat the pasta with the sauce.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


The filling of Italian tortellini is a crucial component that adds flavor and texture to the pasta. Traditionally, tortellini filling consists of a blend of ingredients that often include meat, cheese, and herbs. Here’s a description of some common tortellini fillings:
  1. Meat-based filling: This classic filling typically includes a mixture of ground pork loin, prosciutto, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The meats are finely ground and combined with the cheese to create a savory and rich filling.
  2. Cheese-based filling: A popular alternative to the meat filling is a cheese-based filling. It usually consists of a combination of cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, ricotta, and sometimes a touch of mozzarella. This filling is creamy, smooth, and suitable for vegetarians.
  3. Spinach and cheese filling: Another vegetarian option is a filling made with spinach and cheese. Fresh spinach is blanched, finely chopped, and mixed with cheeses like ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano. The spinach adds a vibrant green color and a hint of earthiness to the tortellini.
  4. Mushroom filling: For a flavorful and earthy twist, mushrooms can be used as a filling ingredient. The mushrooms are sautéed until tender and combined with cheese and herbs to create a savory and aromatic filling.
  5. Pumpkin filling: In some regions of Italy, tortellini can be filled with a sweet and savory pumpkin filling. Cooked pumpkin is mashed and combined with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, nutmeg, and sometimes amaretti cookies for added sweetness.
These are just a few examples of tortellini fillings, and there are numerous variations and combinations that can be explored. The choice of filling depends on personal preferences and regional traditions. Experimenting with different fillings can lead to exciting and delicious results.
Keyword cheese, dumpling, pasta, tortellini

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • Calories: Approximately 550
  • Total Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg
  • Sodium: 740mg
  • Carbohydrates: 63g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 20g

Please note that the nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary depending on the specific ingredients and brands used. It’s always a good idea to double-check the labels on the products you use for the most accurate information.