Creamy Tortellini with Red Bell Peppers and Peas

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I know I’ve declared my love for pasta many times, but let me say it once more – I really love pasta!  I bought the totellini with the intention of re-creating a pasta dish at Fazoli’s.  I’ve never eaten that dish, but the picture in the ad looked good and involved artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes.  Yum.  For some reason, I could not find artichoke hearts in Walmart the other day and I forgot to buy sun-dried tomatoes.  I did have red peppers and peas though, so I created this instead.  A very good combination of flavors in a creamy, cheesy dish.

Here’s what you’ll need:


2 bags frozen tortellini, I used cheese filled

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 onion, diced

1-2 cups of frozen peas

3 cloves garlic, minced

olive oil

4 Tbs. butter

1/2 cup white wine

1 1/2 – 2 cups half and half

2 cups parmesan cheese

fresh basil

salt and pepper

Start the water for the tortellini.  Saute the garlic and onion in olive oil until tender.  Toss in the red pepper and peas to cook for a bit.  Remove the veggies from the pan.

Put the butter in the hot pan and let it melt.  Add the wine.  (I used wine I had frozen.  It thaws quickly on the counter while you prep the meal.)  Let the wine and butter cook together for a minute or two, then add the half & half.  Gradually whisk in the parmesan.  Season the sauce with salt and pepper and fresh basil.  After the tortellini has cooked, drain it and put it back in the large cooking pot.  Add the veggies and the sauce and serve.

This make a huge pot of pasta.  My family of 6 had it for dinner and we had leftovers for smaller servings for 3 of us the next day.  You could easily cut the recipe in half for a smaller family.

You might have noticed the pitiful amount of basil in the picture.  I sent my son outside to pick the basil and he came back with four puny leaves.  So, I sent him back out for more.  He brought me about four more.  Next time I’ll be more specific and get a bigger harvest.  This time there were 3 people talking to me while I tried to finish up dinner and I was running late.  Is dinner time like that at your house too?

I’m showing this recipe off at $5 Dinner’s Grow, Eat, Save link up for peppers.

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  1. I just found your website and the two posts I first see are my very best favorite foods in the entire world! – Tortellini and Mint chocolate chip ice cream! wonderful!
    Mrs. White in Vermont

  2. What a great recipe. Hi from the SITStahood.

  3. Hi from SITS! I am still awake at 1:30 am, and this pasta is looking so good, I am thinking about making some right now! I am a BIG pasta fan too! So, I love the blog! And now I’m hungry… Thanx for sharing! 🙂

  4. Hi from a newbie SITS! This looks delicious….and is something I think I can make!!! Love the help with photos, too. I keep most of these items in my home….so its great to whip up!!!

  5. OMG…that looks so good. I love pasta. Period.

    Stopping by from SITS. Congratulations on your special day.

  6. Stopping by from SITS!

    Oh what deliciousness!!!!!! Another pasta luva here. I could eat it Know what I mean?! =)

  7. That looks delicious! I’m not much of a cook (visiting from SITS), but I may have to roll up my sleeves and try this one.

  8. This is definitely going on the menu for next week!

    Happy belated SITS day!!

  9. I will make this one this week. YUMMMMMMMM

  10. This looks yummy and looks like it would please my kids too! I was just wondering how big your bags of tortellini are so that I know how much to buy. Thanks

  11. Jill, I’m not sure how big the bags were. I don’t have any in my freezer now to check, but I’m guessing somewhere around a pound. I think it is more than the 9oz packages of fresh tortellini.

  12. We had this for dinner last night and my husband I LOVED it. My 5 & 2 year old on the other hand ate the veggies and tried one bite of torellini and turned up their nose. I was so surprised that they didn’t like it as usually they love pasta. We go with the theory that you have to introduce things several times before giving it up completely so hopefully next time will go over better! Love your site!

  13. ThinkPinkJules says:

    AMAZING! I substituted red wine for the white (had it on hand) and didn’t have peas- but it was delicious nonetheless!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Hi! I wanted to make this recipe and bought at the ingredients to make it at my Super Walmart in Edmond, OK and I could NOT find the cheese filled frozen tortellinis anywhere. They had boxed plain tortellinis but I wanted the cheese ones. What grocery store do you normally shop at?

    • Jennifer, I usually shop at Walmart. If you can’t find the tortellinis, you could substitute ravioli. It would be a little different, but still good. Or use penne pasta and add more parmesan or gorgonzola cheese.

  15. This sounds awesome…do you think you could make it in the crockpot?


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