Tortellini pasta is the perfect dinner solution for busy weeknights!
Loaded with seasoned ground beef, veggies, and tortellini cooked in a rich and savory tomato broth, this recipe goes from stovetop to tabletop in less than 25 minutes! And it’s versatile too. Substitute or add spinach or leftover bits of ham or chicken, the tomato-based broth will accommodate any variation. Why not toss in some Alfredo sauce and top with cheese for a creamier, cheesier version.
One Pot Tortellini Pasta
- Uber healthy, filling and full of flavor, one pot tortellini tastes like it’s been simmering all day because it’s packed with full-flavored meat and veggies!
- Bigger families and the budget-conscious will appreciate this recipe. Use up leftover meats and veggies, and double the recipe to enjoy leftovers all week. The flavors continue to blend, so it tastes even better!
- Keep tortellini pasta warm in a crockpot. Serve with a thick slice of homemade bread, cornbread and soak up all that amazing broth, plus a bright and tangy salad, or a creamy cucumber salad.
- Make it vegetarian and switch out the meat for canned beans and increase the veggies. Delish!
Ingredients and Variations
MEAT: Ground beef, chicken, turkey, summer sausage, Italian sausage, and even frozen meatballs can be used in this recipe! Toss in a handful of bacon bits for a smoky flavor, if desired.
TORTELLINI: Tortellini is a little ring-shaped pasta that can be stuffed with cheese, spinach, or even Italian meats. For this recipe, cheese is preferred, but any variety will work! Even better, it can be added to the recipe even if it’s still frozen!
VEGETABLES: Onions, carrots, and bell peppers offer color, crunch and a boost of healthy nutrients. Other veggies to try are diced kale, spinach, potatoes, diced squash, or mushrooms. Corn can be switched out for baby corn for a fun look just add it 2 minutes before the tortellini. Short on time? Toss in a bag or two of a favorite frozen vegetable medley.
BROTH: Use the liquid from the diced tomatoes for all that robust flavor! Tortellini pasta can be a tortellini soup by adding some beef broth or make a creamier soup by adding a small jar of Alfredo sauce. For extra Italian flavor, add a few tablespoons of pesto sauce.
How to Make One-Pot Tortellini Pasta
- Brown the meat (as per the recipe below) and then add carrots, peppers, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, Italian seasonings, and salt, and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in tortellini and corn and cook until tortellini are “al dente.”
Garnish with parsley or parmesan cheese as desired and serve.
Tips for Perfect Tortellini Pasta
- DIY this Italian seasoning here and use it on everything from salad dressing to spaghetti sauce.
- For serving tortellini pasta all week long, prepare fresh tortellini on the side and add them just before serving to keep the pasta firm.
- Really short on time? Place all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot, seal, and cook for 8 minutes! Easy peasy!
- Keep leftover one pot tortellini pasta in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Reheat on the stovetop and season as needed. Feel free to add fresh pasta or veggies, as desired. Freeze portions in zippered bags up to 4 weeks and thaw from frozen or overnight in the refrigerator.
One Pot Tortellini Pasta
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 carrot thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 28 ounce diced tomatoes undrained, 1 can
- 1 cup broth plus more as needed (used 2, soupy, 1 ½ is a little soupy)
- 5-6 ounces tomato paste 1 can
- 1 Tablespoon Italian dressing mix or 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning and ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 6-8 ounces fresh tortellini
- 1 cup frozen corn or 1 can corn, drained
- Add beef and onion to a large dutch oven or pot. Cook on medium high heat until browned, about 5 minutes, breaking up with a meat chopper or wooden spoon.
- Add carrot, red pepper, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, and Italian dressing mix or Italian seasoning and salt. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add tortellini and corn, cook 6-8 minutes uncovered, or according to tortellini package directions, until cooked al dente, stirring occasionally.
- Serve and garnish with parsley if desired.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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