Tortellini Primavera with Garlic-Cream Sauce

A light cream sauce featuring vegetables gives ordinary cheese tortellini a nice change of pace. Quick, too!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 19 ounces frozen cheese tortellini

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli

  • ½ red bell pepper, diced

  • ½ yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • ¾ teaspoon dried basil

  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil; stir in tortellini and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the tortellini float to the top and the filling is hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add broccoli, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, green onions, and garlic; cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

  3. Combine half-and-half and cornstarch in a bowl; add to broth mixture. Cook until sauce has slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes and mix well.

  4. Pour sauce over cooked tortellini and toss to coat. Top with Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

398 Calories
18g Fat
46g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 398
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 642mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 29mg 146%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 170mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.