Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

Finding a saucy pasta dinner the whole family agrees on can be hard to find in one dish, but this Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes really delivers. Cheese tortellini are smothered in a delicious garlic cream sauce that’s speckled with tomatoes & spinach. It’s a quick & easy dinner that’s picky eater approved, even with the obvious addition of veggies!

Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

So in my head I had this pegged for a meatless Monday meal post, buuuuut Monday was Memorial Day, and you totally know how it is when all those cookout invites from family & friends get in the way of reason and productivity.

Tortellini Tuesday? Totally a thing (at least for today).

Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

You can use fresh, frozen, or dried tortellini in this recipe. I am not even gonna lie though, frozen tortellini is one of my favorite things to keep stocked in the freezer. It’s so easy to grab the bag and go, digging into a recipe.

You can’t beat the cooking time- it’s even quicker than plain old pasta. You also can’t beat the possibilities. Seriously, a quick search on the site will show you just how many different recipes we’ve incorporated it into. And that’s just what we’ve done so far.

Also, it’s full of cheese. Cheese. When has anyone ever complained about eating cheese? Not any of my kids, at least- and as a busy parent that’s a big deal.

Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

Another thing my children (miraculously) don’t complain about eating? Spinach. Yep, you read that right. It’s a completely bizarre phenomenon to both me and my husband, but it’s true.

Now granted, I don’t serve it to them by itself and never, ever the stuff from the can. That’s just nasty, and don’t get my started on the borderline PTSD I suffer from a particularly long stand off/battle of the wills with my own mother over it when I was a little bitty thing.

Really though, instead of pureeing veggies and ‘hiding’ them in saucy dishes, I just throw them right on in. I do try to make sure they’re particularly yummy and flavorful though. It’s led to very few complaints over the years. Thankfully. I highly suggest trying it. You’d be surprised how well the strategy works.

Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

This delicious, saucy Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes is a great way to get your family to willingly eat, and enjoy, several things they otherwise might not. Very few recipes entice my guys to do anything other than run away from tomatoes, yet they come runnin’ to the supper table for this one.

For such a loved meal, this one is equally easy. Cook your tortellini according to the package directions, Drain, and set aside for a bit. Then everything comes together in a single pot. Easy to fix, and even easier clean up.

Isn’t that everybody’s ideal recipe?

Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

So, let’s dig in!

This Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes recipe has a medium sized ingredient list, but not too long. Also, it does use things we almost always have on hand which makes it a great go-to on busy nights.

From start to finish, in less than 20 minutes, you can have a healthy, hot meal on the table that the whole family will love. How often does that happen?!

Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

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Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

Cheese filled tortellini are smothered in a savory tomato based cream sauce with healthy spinach stirred right in for a perfect meatless family meal.
4.07 from 160 votes
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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 359kcal


  • 1 lb cheese tortellini
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Begin by boiling your tortellini noodles until they are al dente (aka ready). Follow the directions on the package for boiling time.
  • While the tortellini is boiling, roughly chop the spinach.
  • Heat a large skillet using medium heat and put the two minced garlic into it. Saute it briefly until fragrant, about thirty seconds or so.
  • Add into the skillet the petite diced tomatoes (undrained), spinach, salt, pepper, dried basil, and onion flakes.
  • Cook and stir over medium high heat until the mixture begins to bubble.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour and half-and-half. Whisk until fairly smooth.
  • Add the creamy mixture into the the skillet along with the Parmesan cheese.
  • Heat through and reduce the heat to medium low and continue to stir and cook until it thickens, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the drained tortellini and mix together gently.
  • Serve and enjoy!


recipe adapted from Bomb Shell Bling


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 9.3mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 3.2mg

Originally posted on May 27, 2014, this post was completely redone on August 20, 2018.

47 thoughts on “Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

    1. 5 stars
      This is a great recipe!! My husband absolutely loved it. I added ground hot Italian sausage, a little more parmesan cheese, and used fresh basil instead of dried. Used fresh pre made tortellini instead of dried or frozen. Took maybe 20-25 minutes to make.. such little effort for a big reward. Will be making this again!

  1. Oh my!!! This is my kind of pasta! I wouldn’t mind having more than one serving of this! Looks so delish! Thank you for bringing this to FF18! 🙂 Happy weekend!

  2. Your Creamy Tortellini looks delicious, a great dish! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I just wanted to let you know I actually made this tonight for my guys. We all LOVED it. Followed the recipe exactly, except we did use fat free half and half. You’d never know the difference, it was delicious. Many thanks for a fantastic recipe that I’m sure I’ll be asked to make again. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for my family the other night and ot was a HUGE success! Thr only thing is that next time I’m going to double or even triple the recipe. We are a family of 5 and there wasn’t enough, even with making crescent rolls on the side. The flavor was amazing!

    1. I don’t recommend freezing it bc the cream sauce will break down when thawed. Luckily, it’s quick and easy to throw together.

  5. Just made this and love how flavorful and easy this was to make. I threw in some smoked sausage for my meat eater and it works so well. I will definitely be putting this in the meal rotation!

    1. You can sub a little onion powder, or sauteed diced onions. Both work for infusing the flavor, but the latter will offer the texture too.

  6. 5 stars
    These were delicious! The only change I made was to use 3/4 cup of half & half and 3/4 cup of heavy cream to thicken it up a bit. I’ve made it twice now and it never disappoints!

    1. Thanks for the feedback. This one is a regular on our family’s rotation, especially in the colder months!

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