Cheese Tortellini With Nutty Herb Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

I enjoyed this as made as directed, but I intend to experiment by using blue cheese instead of the ricotta, and/or mascarpone. versatile recipe, I also didn't have walnuts so I used almonds, but walnuts might be the better choice. Feel free to experiment! Oh, I used a 400 gr packet of tortellini, that's what I had. Use the variety that suits you, I think a butternut-filled tortellini might be lovely with this. There's no garlic used, and I didn't add any this time, but hey, I like garlic! Next time, maybe! Finish off with a good grinding of black pepper. From "Kitchen Classics : The Italian Kitchen"

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add the pasta to a large pot of rapidly boiling water and cook until al dente.
  2. Drain and return to the pot.
  3. To make the sauce:.
  4. Heat the butter in a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the walnuts and pine nuts and stir for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the herbs and season. Remove from heat.
  5. Beat the ricotta with the cream. Stir in the nuts and herb mixture.
  6. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss to combine.
  7. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This was fabulous !! I used almonds and basil and a handful of mushrooms that needed cooking. The basil was from my garden. It made a generous sauce and we so enjoyed the bespoke flavours made for a supermarket product. More than 5 stars !!

katew November 25, 2011

What a delicious recipe Karen and this kind of recipe ticks ALL my boxes for simple, rustic food with lots of Ooomph! I used 300g of tortellini stuffed with Roquefort cheese and walnuts, so the sauce was a BIG hit with this! 300g fed the two of us generously for lunch with a side salad. I used fresh thyme and parsley from the garden and creme fraiche instead of cream. This was a REAL hit with both of us and a great way to "dress up" a pre-packed pasta. Made for Veg'n'Swap for you, the VIP guest! And also for Thyme, Herb of the month in the French Forum! Merci encore, FT:-)

French Tart February 26, 2010

I usually buy 4 large containers of cheese tortellini at a time, preparing one & freezing the other 3, so I always have that ingredient around! I followed this recipe right on down & had a great-tasting side for dinner, thanks to you! As unusual as this is, I'd like to make it again for company & cut back on the size of the servings (maybe get 6 or even 8 out of it) & season it with lemon pepper! Thanks for sharing this very nice recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike February 19, 2010