This creamy tortellini and vegetable pasta is a real crowd pleaser. To make it even quicker, use frozen chopped vegetables instead of fresh. Serve with: A green salad and whole-grain baguette.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2010
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Put a large pot of water on to boil.

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  • Meanwhile, whisk broth and flour in a small bowl. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until just beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth mixture to the pan, bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese, tarragon (or dill or chives) and salt.

  • Add vegetables and tortellini to the boiling water; return the water to a simmer and cook until the vegetables and tortellini are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain; add to the pan with the sauce and stir to coat.

Nutrition Facts

426.4 calories; protein 14.7g 29% DV; carbohydrates 55.3g 18% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 5.4g 22% DV; sugars 5.1g; fat 15.3g 24% DV; saturated fat 7.8g 39% DV; cholesterol 68.3mg 23% DV; vitamin a iu 6368.6IU 127% DV; vitamin c 23.3mg 39% DV; folate 52.6mcg 13% DV; calcium 299.7mg 30% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 38.9mg 14% DV; potassium 342.1mg 10% DV; sodium 608.5mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 9% DV.

Reviews (57)

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57 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2018
fresh veggies are the way to go Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2018
Really good & vary easy to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2018
Really good. Even impressed my picky boyfriend. Added some pre made grilled chicken. Did not use a whole teaspoon of dill. Only half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2017
Excellent recipe! Hearty and full of flavor. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2017
We hardly ever use frozen vegetables and now I remember why. It was like the sauce was sitting on soggy flavorless cardboard.Next time will do with fresh veggies. Plus side this was easy and the sauce was yummy. Looking forward to trying again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/28/2014
A great springboard for your own creativity Added this to my recipe file with notes of what I did this time and what I'd like to do next time. Used two packages of tortellini--hubby wanted more sauce but nobody else complained. I stir-fried my fresh veggies (whites of green onions carrots zucchini and yellow squash) instead of boiling frozen used lots of Mrs. Dash oregano thyme and fresh ground pepper. Didn't have any Fontina so used Parmesan and Havarti--possibly more than the recipe recommends. Served with chicken and sourdough toast and it was yummy! Next time I might try making 1.5x more sauce. Loved the Havarti but might try Fontina. Otherwise I was quite happy with our meal. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2014
Good but adjustments I made this for dinner last night but I needed to make a bunch of adjustments to make it yellow. First of all I used whole wheat tortellini with spinach inside. The whole wheat is yellow and less cheese means less reds. I also used light cheese because that is a yellow instead of full fat red cheese. My family still loved it and I would recommend it. I used the color classification system at www.kurbo.com to make my adjustments Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2014
Quick Easy & Healthy! I prepared this dish from start to finish in less than 20 minutes and it tasted great! Will definitely make this one again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2013
Simple and yummy Very yummy and simple dish. I added cauliflower to our dish. I also added a bit more fontina cheese & dill. Highly recommend! Pros: Easy shopping list & fast to cook Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2013
The kids actually ate it! Delicious! The kids ate it and asked for seconds - that NEVER happens at my house!! Pros: Yum! Cons: Chopping/grating Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/31/2013
A decent healthy go-to dish I wasn't wowed by this dish but I think it's a good recipe because it's healthy and you can keep all the ingredients on hand for when you aren't sure what to make for dinner. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2013
I didn't even attempt making this because of the whopping 15 grams of fat per serving. Be careful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2013
We make this at least twice a month my two children are always happy when they hear that this is on the menu. I try to always keep the ingredients on hand for a go-to meal. I substitute gruyere since I cannot find fontina and use fresh broccoli carrots and grape tomatoes Pros: Quick to make healthy TASTY Cons: Can't find fontina cheese Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2013
Decent Dish A nice tasty dish. Will make again. Pros: Easy Cons: Reheating was difficult Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
AMAZING Dish! My husband and I were WOWed by this dish. I'm always trying quick easy healthy meals and lots of time they are lacking flavor and appeal. I had some serious doubts about this one even bought all the ingredients and pushed off making it for weeks since most of it comes frozen. But I finally made it for a late lunch/early dinner and we loved it. Next time I'm going to throw some grilled chicken on top to round it off. I don't mind no meat but my husband needs a little something extra to fill up on. Can't wait to make it again! Pros: Easy and Quick Cons: Doesn't call for a protein Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2013
Yum We used more veggies than recipe called for Pros: Would not change a thing my husband was very happy he said put this on our menu Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2012
Yummy! Delicious! We only used 1/2 of the sauce-thought it tasted good with half. Might have overpowered it if we had used more. Will use the remaining sauce for pasta later in the week. Pros: Really delicious! Had a nice taste to it. Cons: We only used 1/2 the sauce. It really didn't need all of it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2012
With a little Cottage Cheese Twist I followed the basic idea of the recipe but changed around the cheeses. I used about 1/8 cup parmesan cheese 1 cup nonfat small curd cottage cheese & 1/8-1/4 cup fresh pearl mozzarella drained. I added the parmesan cheese first & stirred it in then the cottage followed by the mozzarella. I also added 1 medium vine-ripe tomato chopped and used 4 cups broccoli florets (next time I'd use more veggies or make the florets smaller). I used fresh basil instead of the tarragon/dill/chives & garnished the dish with some as well. Pros: fresh easy delicious Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2012
Tastes good but was not creamy This was very easy to make but adding the parmesan cheese to the warm sauce make it clump. If i make it again i will sprinkle the cheese on top. Also the recipe name says creamy but it was not at all creamy! Pros: Easy to make Cons: would not mix parmesan cheese into sauce if made again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2012
Fanstastic!!!!! I just tried this recipe tonight and was a little worried at first being something new and different from what I'm used to cooking. But I was very pleasantly surprised! It was very easy to prepare and I actually had a lot of fun doing it. When it came time to eat I was amazed at how good it was! This will definitely be added to my regular meal rotation it's a new favorite. Absolutely phenomenal! Pros: Very easy to prepare Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2012
Yummo This was tasty! I loved the sauce! Quick easy and tasty vegetarian meal. Will make this again! Pros: Fast to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2012
added this to our regular dinner rotation. very good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2012
De-lish! I did this recipe as described up to the part where I realized I didn't have enough asiago for the cheese sauce. So I improvised by using shredded fresh mozzarella (75%) asiago cheese (12.5%) and parmesan cheese powder (12.5%). It came out just fine but am unsure the nutritional value. Pros: Easy Quick Tasty Healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2011
Delicious & Healthy Meal! This dish was so flavorful! My son and grandkids loved it while visiting in FL now will try on my husband who really likes tortellini. Thanks for sharing! Pros: Easy to prepare and bring together Cons: Makes alot Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this dish and had to run out of the house to get to an evening meeting. Twenty minutes later my husband texted me: "Delicious pasta!". He NEVER texts. P.S. I added extra garlic and a small can of sliced mushrooms to the sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Had to make this when I saw it in the magazine we had everything on hand! Used cauliflower instead of snap peas. Absolutely delicious this one is a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It's so fun to make something new for dinner that everyone actually likes! We tried this recipe last night using frozen vegetables and it was so yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I threw this together last night and LOVED it. It was very quick and easy - exactly the kind of meal I want to make when I get home later than usual. I had some chicken breast thawed so I cooked that and threw it in there too. To be honest the dish was so good it did not need the the chicken at all. I don't think it was worth the extra calories. Also I had no terragon on hand but I didn't feel like the dish was lacking at all. I can't wait for my leftovers for lunch today! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this twice now. The first time with fresh tarragon and the second time with fresh dill. I liked it but it wasn't a hit with the family. My 6 year old actually said it was too cheesy. And my hubby wouldn't even try it the second time. Oh well - I thought it was good but won't keep it if the family won't eat it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very good I made it with broccoli mushrooms and spinach. It turned out really good. My empty bowl is actually still sitting next to me I just had to leave a review and let people know how good this is! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We loved this recipe. I too substituted the vegetables for what I had on hand. I figured as long as I had 4 cups it would work. Everyone raved and the leftovers were fought over!!! This is definitely a keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Overall a good recipe but I found the sauce a little bland. If I make it again I might add some sun dried tomatoes or tomato paste to the sauce for a little zip. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Love this recipe! Fontina cheese is great (first time trying it) and it was so simple to prepare this meal it will be a repeat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Enjoyed this recipe and can see there are many possibilities to vary the vegetables in season. I especially liked the fresh tarragon. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We really enjoyed this dish I think most kids would too my teenager loved it. I used fresh chopped chives and a little fresh thyme from my garden for the sauce. I used fresh tortellini which worked fine. I used carrots broccoli snow peas sugar snap peas chopped spinach and frozen baby peas and I added them to the boiling water in that order so everything stayed crisp tender. So easy to make! I will likely make this again and again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was really good. I used whole wheat flour and a bag of frozen mixed veggies. I also used 2 bags of cheese ravioli instead of the tortellini (winn dixie was out). My husband and I like meat with dinner so I did a quick batch of mini turkey meatballs and mixed that in too at the end. I will be making this again. I didn't use any salt and I used dried tarragon. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I thought this was wonderful...I used a fresh whole wheat tortellini as I could not find frozen....and I used the vegetables I had on hand to make 4 cups....and I used a combination of tarragon and chives...they were fresh out of my garden so I went a little heavier then called for......will be standard in my household because it was super easy to make...and it made a wonderful vegetarian entree Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
i gave this recipe 2 stars because it was very bland but i guess thats what you get when you eat healthier foods. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We will definitely be making this recipe again soon! Even my picky kids ate it. That made me very happy.:) To make it quicker we used frozen broccoli and carrots. I didn't have tarragon dill or chives so I added basil. To keep it from being bland (as one person mentioned) I just added salt and pepper. It was still just as creamy and cheesy as other sauces made with fattier substances (milk buttermilk etc.). This just made me feel good about using broth instead. Love it! Don't hesitate to try it. I think peas will be great to use next time too... hubby just doesn't like them so I had to leave them out this time. LOL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I cooked everything in one big pot of low-sodium chicken stock adding carrots first then a pound of asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces then a pound of broccoli then some frozen italian pole beans zucchini & yellow squash and tortellini. I also tossed in about 1/2 tsp. minced roasted garlic from a jar. When everything was cooked I removed about 2 cups of stock & mixed 1/2 cup with cornstarch & poured it back in to thicken. It. Was. Phenomenal. I was very careful to have just enough liquid to cover but still had that extra 1 1/2 cups left over. Worked out fine- we had a FANTASTIC meal and the dogs had a cup & a half of chicken stock in their food- everyone's happy! SO easy SO good that my husband said he didn't miss the meat AT ALL- itself a rarity! Highly recommended. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We really enjoyed this dish the first time I made it. I've been thinking about making it again lately but had misplaced the recipe. I'm SO glad I found it here! Can't wait my tummy's growling. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very easy! We will be making this again. We added salt pepper & used more fontina b/c it was a little bland. We tried adding some lemon juice & that really made the thyme pop. Next time we won't use the extra cheese but will definitely add lemon. Chicken would be a good addition to this meal for those looking for more protein. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is great!! Very easy and incredibly yummy! I added some pancetta for a little more kick...and so my veggie hating fiance couldn't complain there was no meat! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
My husband really liked this recipe and it was very easy to put together! I only had a little parm cheese in the house so I added some sharp cheddar which was tasty. I used frozen mixed veggies and fresh broccoli which was a good combo. I had fresh chives but would also like to add other herbs next time (tarragon and basil sound like good additions). I did end up adding extra sea salt at the end because it was a touch bland but overall very good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very good dish. I used fresh whole wheat tortellini frozen broccoli fresh carrots and peas. The choices of herbs didn't appeal to me so I used Italian seasoning and thought it went well. The sauce was a little thin and I'd add a little more flour next time. As I was eating it I decided it would benefit from some white wine in the sauce--another thought for next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Was really easy and turned out great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I used this recipe tonight for my wife and I. It was the first time I've ever cooked a real dish for her/us:-). I've done simple French Toast and such in the past. But I decided to do something different tonight. I just used broccoli rather than mixed vegetables and the rest was practically the same as provided. We both LOVED it. Great recipe!:-) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This was very good! I added some diced grilled chicken and there was still plenty of sauce. I'll make this again definitely. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
It looks tasty but it's not meatless as the link I followed suggests unless you switch out the broth. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
This was a good one. This dish was good and I plan to make it again. I have already passed it along to my mother. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
totally amazing! I get every single dinner recipe I make off this website and this one has to be one of if not the easiest and quickest meals I've made so far. No it's not really meatless (but I'm not really a vegetarian) but this recipe turns out so delicious and so satisfying and it's a great way to get a whole lot of veggies. I like to choose different variations of frozen veggies to mix it up. I recommend using grated parmesan not shredded to avoid clumps of cheese. Pros: fast easy tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great addition to my repertoire Tried this last night for the first time and I thought it was great. I used a fresh veggie mix that had baby carrots baby zucchini and sugar snap peas. I left the veggies in large bite sized pieces and only boiled them for 3 minutes which left them all very crisp. We used Parmesan as opposed to Fontina and I would probably try Fontina next time. The Parmesan dominated the flavor a bit but I think I used a bit too much (the Fontina amount instead of the Parmesan amount). Overall a great addition to my repertoire. Pros: Quick easy great way to have fresh veggies flexible Cons: just a bit to much cheese Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great even for my picky eater! I made this for the first time because I wanted something that the adults would enjoy as well as the kids. I used whatever veggies I had - broccoli matchstick carrots peas corn - and it turned out great. Even my son who is a picky eater gobbled this up. I will definitely make it again. Pros: includes any veggie you like Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious I have made this twice now and we love it. The first time it was a little bland so the second time I added about 1/4 cup of chopped onion with the garlic and used only parmesan cheese in the sauce. This upped the flavor quite a bit. Pros: Easy delicious lots of vegetables Cons: The cheese can get a little clumpy. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Easy fun and YUMMY This was a very easy and fun to make recipe. The vegetables added a little flavor. All of my kids LOVED it! I suggest that when your make this you try different vegetables. Sometimes the broccoli is a pain i would suggest instead using Snap Peas. They add a different flavor to the whole thing. This recipe was BY FAR amazing!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Surprisingly good I had the calories in my budget and the ingredients on hand but I wasn't expecting much from this recipe. I am not a big fan of cheese tortellini or taragon. I followed the recipe without substitutions and it was very good. Next time I will used fresh brocolli and mushrooms instead of the frozen stir fry mix I used for this batch. Pros: Delicious sauce Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great Simple Recipe! This is a wonderful way to make tortellini. I used a nice frozen veggie mix and only cooked for a few mins to ensure they remained crunchy. I used parmesan cheese and I think all the flavors blended very well. This is a very tasty meal that is not time-consuming! Read More