15-Minute Garlic-Butter Tortellini

updated Jan 22, 2021
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15-Minute Garlic Butter Tortellini

This quick tortellini is tossed in garlic butter and finished off with lemon, parsley, and Parmesan cheese.

Serves4

Prep5 minutes

Cook10 minutes

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Just about anything is marvelous drenched in garlic butter, including, but not limited to, steak, mushrooms, and potatoes. Tortellini is no different. Take your favorite store-bought cheese tortellini, boil it quickly, then toss it in a garlicky butter bath brightened with freshly squeezed lemon juice, and you have the ultimate easy weeknight dinner that feels surprisingly fancy.

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15-Minute Garlic Butter Tortellini

This quick tortellini is tossed in garlic butter and finished off with lemon, parsley, and Parmesan cheese.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves

    garlic

  • 2

    (9-ounce) packages fresh cheese tortellini, or 1 (16 to 20-ounce) package frozen tortellini

  • 4 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 1/2

    medium lemon

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, mince 4 garlic cloves.

  2. Add the tortellini to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute. Remove from the heat, squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lemon, and season with kosher salt and black pepper.

  3. When the tortellini is ready, drain in a colander. Add the tortellini to the sauce and toss to coat. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days.