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Tortellini Pomodoro in a bowl
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5 from 12 votes

Tortellini Pomodoro

Tortellini Pomodoro is one of my favorite dinner recipes for busy weeknights. Thi restaurant quality tortellini topped with homemade Pomodoro sauce is made in no time.
Tortellini pasta is such an easy recipe that never gets old and makes for great leftovers. Serve fresh with parmesan cheese or reheat for a quick lunch the next day.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian/American
Keyword: pomodoro, tortellini
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 329kcal
Cost: $8


  • Blender


  • 4 pounds fresh tomatoes (two 28-ounce cans of San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes also work)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces tortellini (we use a gluten-free cheese variety)


  • Blend the tomatoes until only a couple small chunks remain
  • In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over low heat then add the onions and fry for 4 minutes until just softened and translucent, roughly 8 minutes
  • Add the garlic and continue cooking another 4-6 minutes until the onions have just softened and are translucent
  • Add the tomato puree, garlic salt, onion salt and half the basil and simmer for 25 minutes
  • Cook the tortellini according to package directions and strain
  • Finish the sauce with the remaining basil by stirring it in and adding any salt and pepper necessary
  • Add the cooked tortellini to the sauce and stir to coat pasta


What is the difference between spaghetti and spaghetti Pomodoro?Spaghetti and speghetti Pomodoro can both be considered a pasta or pasta sauce but Pomodoro is traditionally thicker than normal pasta sauce. Also, spaghetti sauce normally includes extra ingredients like meat or cheese cultures.
Is frozen or dried tortellini better?Dried tortellini takes longer to cook than frozen tortellini but it's a great option if you need the extra shelf life. The outcome of the two types are very similar so use whatever is convenient for you. Dried delallo tortellini is one of my favorite brands to use.
What goes well with tortellini?Tortellini goes well with any other Italian dish like chicken parmesan, garlic bread, meat balls, etc. I like serving this dish with some type of protein to make it a complete and filling meal.
Pro tip: Add parmesan cheese to your tortellini pasta for some extra flavor.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 750mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2562IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3mg