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Cheese Tortellini in Garlic Butter Sauce Recipe

An easy, delicious recipe for Cheese Tortellini in garlic butter sauce. Whether you want a hot appetizer for a party or a tasty, comforting weeknight meal option, double the batch because everyone is going to love it! Use refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini; either way, it's ready in 15 minutes or less!

Prep Time

    •    Prep and cook time: 15 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    4 tbsps butter
    •    2 tsps dried basil
    •    2 tbsps cornstarch
    •    2 cloves garlic minced
    •    fresh basil for garnish (Optional)

    •    1/4 cup parmesan cheese for garnish
    •    1 package (16 ounce) frozen cheese tortellini
    •    32 ounces chicken broth or vegetable broth, divided


  1. In a large pot, bring 2 1/2 cups broth to a boil. Add cheese tortellini. Return to a boil and cook until the tortellini float to the top of the water,about 3 minutes. The internal temperature of a tortellini should be 165ºF. Drain completely.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining 1 1/2 cups broth with corn starch. In a large non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Stir in garlic and basil and cook 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth-cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil; simmer until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes longer. Add the cooked tortellini to the skillet and toss to coat.
  4. Pour into a serving dish and garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired.


    •    To make this dish vegetarian, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

    •    Refrigerated tortellini can be substituted; it will float in 2 to 3 minutes. If you want to use dried tortellini, follow the instructions on the package (should be about 10 to 11 minutes).

    •    Serves 8 as an appetizer or first course (2 ounces per person, 275 calories per serving). Keep warm in a slow cooker if serving a buffet.

This great family recipe is thanks to Culinary Hill Recipes at


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