24 Ways to Turn a Bag of Frozen Tortellini into Dinner

updated Nov 30, 2023
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A package of frozen tortellini is one of my favorite staples to stash in the freezer because it’s cheap, lasts for months, and can be used in a ton of different ways. Sure, you could toss it with a jar of marinara and call it a day, but that back-pocket dinner barely scratches the surface of what this frozen pasta can do.

Frozen tortellini is a blank slate for versatile family-friendly dinners, like a one-pot pesto tortellini with broccoli. Here are 24 inspiring ways to add it to your meal plan.

Frozen Tortellini Dinner

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Tomato Tortellini Soup
This creamy, tangy tomato soup is studded with tender tortellini and comes together in just 20 minutes.
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Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup
Pull out your biggest spoon for a taste of velvety broth, cheesy tortellini, juicy chicken, and tender vegetables in every bite.
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Tortellini with Butter-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce
Roast halved cherry tomatoes with garlic-infused butter and they're transformed into a light and juicy sauce for cheese tortellini.
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Creamy Tortellini with Sweet Potato and Spinach

Sweet potato cubes soften and melt into a creamy sauce, while spinach makes the final product even more substantial.

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Antipasto Tortellini Salad
A potluck-friendly recipe for tortellini pasta salad filled with marinated vegetables, salami, cheese, and herbs.
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Creamy Tortellini Soup
Perfect for chilly weather, this vegetarian soup has a creamy tomato-based broth loaded with tender tortellini and spinach.
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Tortellini Soup with Lemon Peel Broth Recipe
Cheese tortellini and fresh veggies highlight the delicate flavor of the no-waste lemon peel broth in this comforting soup.
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Skillet Tortellini with Chorizo and Asparagus
A one-pan dinner of cheese tortellini tossed with tender asparagus and smoky Spanish chorizo.
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Tuscan Tortellini Salad with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
An easy pasta salad with cheese tortellini, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby spinach tossed in a balsamic dressing.
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Lemony Tortellini Spinach Soup
With a 30-minute cook time and the majority of the ingredients already hanging out in your fridge, a fast and fresh dinner never looked better.
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Pesto Tortellini with Roasted Vegetables
An easy 5 ingredient recipe for cheese tortellini with pesto and a mix of roasted vegetables.
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Taco Tortellini
Combine the best parts of taco night with quick-cooking cheese tortellini and you have a weeknight dinner that wins.
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Creamy Mushroom Tortellini
A generous splash of half-and-half (or heavy cream if you’re feeling extra luxurious) lends just the right amount of richness to this skillet tortellini.
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Tortellini Alfredo
How to make cheesy-filled pasta even cheesier.
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Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

This version is particularly suited for lazy vacations because it takes advantage of flavorful ingredients found at most grocery stores and brings them together in one crowd-pleasing salad.

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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.
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Spring Tortellini Soup with Peas and Asparagus
This tortellini soup is the perfect dish to transition us from the winter cold into the gently warmer spring.
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Cheese Tortellini with Salami, Mozzarella, and Marinated Veggies
This quick and easy tortellini dinner is filled with all the flavors of a classic antipasto spread: Roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, salami, and of course, cheese.
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Tortellini Salad with Marinated Artichokes and Feta
Cheesy tortellini pockets are tossed with marinated artichokes, fresh veggies, feta cheese, briny olives, and a bright lemon vinaigrette.
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Tortellini with Asparagus, Peas & Crispy Bacon
An easy recipe for cheese tortellini with bacon, asparagus, and peas in a light cream sauce.
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One-Pot Pesto Tortellini with Broccoli
Here, a few smart cooking tricks elevate just 3 ingredients into a spectacular one-pot meal that really, truly wows.
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Spinach-Artichoke Cheesy Tortellini
This cozy one-pot tortellini comes together in minutes thanks to Trader Joe’s Artichoke Antipasto and quick-wilting baby spinach.
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Tuscan Tortellini Skillet
A quick tomatoey tortellini skillet dinner that calls for just 5 ingredients.
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