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This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. My husband made up the recipe and it looks almost too simple, but it’s delicious!

What is Tortellini?

Tortellini is small squares of pasta that are stuffed with meat or cheese and then rolled and formed into small rings.

 

This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. My husband made up the recipe and it looks almost too simple, but it's delicious!

 My husband introduced me to cheesy pan fried tortellini when we first got married and since then we have changed it up a little and it is seriously one of our favorite quick meals. However, I have two requirements with this dish when my hubs makes it.

This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. My husband made up the recipe and it looks almost too simple, but it's delicious!

First, Cade likes his pasta really soft. It’s too soft. He overcooks it. Don’t worry, we have never argued about it, but I am just saying, don’t overcook the pasta. I promise it makes a huge difference. Sorry Cade, mushy pasta is one thing we wont agree on. 😉 You may have taught me cheesy pan fried tortellini, but I’m determined to cook that pasta until al dente.

How do You Know When Pasta is Done?

The only way to know if it’s done is to taste it!

It should be al dente, or firm to the bite.

The more pasta cooks, the gummier it gets, so if it sticks to the wall it’s probably overdone.

This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. My husband made up the recipe and it looks almost too simple, but it's delicious!

Second, once the pasta is added to the veggies keep the heat on med-high so the tortellini can start to crisp up on the edges. A little browning action on the pasta. You will thank me later. This is why we prefer to use our favorite Lodge Cast Iron Pan. Nonstick pans are wonderful, but a cast iron or stainless pan will allow your food to caramelize which creates far more flavor.

This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. My husband made up the recipe and it looks almost too simple, but it's delicious!

My absolute favorite part about this dish is that you can change it to fit your cravings or to fit what you have available.

When you saute vegetables make sure you’re being mindful on how long each ingredient takes to turn tender and start to brown around the edges. Those carrots and peppers are going to need way more time than the sun-dried tomatoes so don’t add everything all at once. Start with the veggies that need longer in the pan and add more as you cook.

How Do You Saute Vegetables?

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Add the vegetables to the hot oil, those that take longest to cook, first.
  3. Season with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder and stir to coat.
  4. Cook until the vegetables are tender and starting to turn golden brown, approximately 8-10 minutes.

This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. My husband made up the recipe and it looks almost too simple, but it's delicious!

Once the veggies are cooked, and the pasta is soft, add it all together in a big pan, a little more olive oil if needed and cook until the pasta starts to brown a little. Once that has happened, grab the mozzarella and dump in the cheese, stirring until gooey. Mmmmm, I love gooey just as much as I love this pan fried tortellini, and I couldn’t help but pin this Cream Cheese Chicken Tortellini Bake for our next tortellini dinner. It looks so good!

Cheesy Pan Fried Tortellini

This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. It's fresh tortellini, sauteed vegetables, and gooey mozzarella cheese, simply delicious! ohsweetbasil.com

Cheesy Pan Fried Tortellini

4.8 from 5 votes
Servings: 4 -6
This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. My husband made up the recipe and it looks almost too simple, but it's delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce Container Fresh Tortellini * see note
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Cup julienned sweet peppers or bell peppers
  • 1 Large Carrot sliced thin
  • 1/2 Cup Mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Oil packed Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Thawed Peas
  • 1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese Shredded

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet with 1 tb oil to med-med high and toss in the garlic.
  • Let the garlic cook until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.
  • Add the carrots and cook until tender.
  • Add the peppers and mushrooms.
  • Meanwhile, get some water boiling in a pot and add the pasta. Tortellini actually cooks rather quickly so keep an eye on it. It all will be floating at the top.
  • Drain the pasta and add to the veggies. Usually we have to add a little more oil. Cook until the tortellini begins to brown and the flavors combine.
  • Add mozzarella, toss everything and serve!

Notes

We love the fresh tortellini versus the dried. Add any veggies that you like. We love sweet peppers, peas, mushrooms, asparagus, carrots, etc. Make sure you cook harder vegetables like carrots before you add quick cooking veggies like peppers.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Pan Fried Tortellini
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 728 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Polyunsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 932mg41%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

 
 
 This is one of our favorite dinners, cheesy pan fried tortellini. My husband made up the recipe and it looks almost too simple, but it's delicious!

 

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37 comments

  • Looking delicious????

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    • Thank you!

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  • This looks amazing! Yummy!

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  • I’m right there with you on not overcooking the pasta! I love tortellini and ravioli as a quick meal and I love the idea of pan frying it in a cast iron…casts are the BEST!!

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    • Oh it’s so, so good !

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  • What would be the best way to prepare these a few days in advance?Thanks!

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    • Hi Kristy,
      Unfortunately the only thing you could do ahead is prep the veggies and shred the cheese. It’s only about a 15 minute meal so it goes fast but you can’t prepare much in advance.

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  • Made this with zucchini, shallot, and tomatoes. Delicious. Thank you

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    • Love the addition of shallot! Thanks!

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  • How could I adapt this for frozen tortellini? Budget accomodates the huge frozen packages a little better 🙂

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    • We love the frozen tortellini. Just cook it frozen until tender and move on in the recipe. Easy peasy!

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  • This looks amazing – I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Carrian!

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    • Yay! Thanks, Kristen. It’s seriously so yummy even if it is simple. Although, I always say simple is best anyway.

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  • This looks gorgeous! I love tortellini; I mean, how could you not love cheese-filled pasta? I’ve made fried tortellini, except I breaded & fried it (like you would fried ravioli). I never thought to make it like this though. Yum!

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    • Oh my goodness! I need to fry my tortellini with bread crumbs! Love that!

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  • This sounds fabulous! Beats the grilled cheese I had for dinner tonight, too. 🙂

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    • I dunno, Grilled cheese is pretty awesome anyway.

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  • I love using these pre-made tortellini for a quick weeknight meal.

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  • I LOVE tortellini ..they make life so much easier

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  • Why have I never had fried tortellini! I need this very soon!

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  • Seriously, fried tortellini???? HEAVEN! I like the idea of crispy pasta! I love the veggies in this dish too! Fantastic!

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    • Thanks, Tanya. I seriously think that the crispy pasta is the best part! I’m so glad you are with me!!

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  • What a great way to get more veggies. I’ll have to give it a try.

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  • Yummy!! This looks so delicious! I will have to make this soon!

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  • i’ve had fried tortellini as an appetizer by itself…i like your version with the vegetables!!

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  • Yum! My hubby and I both love tortellini and this looks like a great new way to use it! I agree with you on not overcooking the pasta. I actually like mine just a tad under-cooked!

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  • Umm I cannot wait to try this!!

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    • you’ll love it. And it’s so easy to make!

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  • oh, YES. PLEASE. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Friend!

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  • Love this comforting pasta dish!

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  • Oh my…I would LOVE this!! Looks delicious!!

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  • This looks really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  • Yum! This looks really good.
    I also like dipping pasta in bread crumbs and baking it.
    About the mango bbq sauce- I just used whatever ripe mangoes I could find. The sauce was really good without the jalepenos. I left them out so my kids would eat it and they loved it. Hope you try it!

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    • Love that! I’ll totally have to try it.

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  • This looks amazing. I may make this tomorrow night!

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    • I hope you do! It’s so gooey and yummy

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