This Creamy Tomato and Spinach Tortellini pasta recipe is made in less than 30 minutes and perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. The recipe includes cheese tortellini in a creamy homemade pink sauce with spinach, basil, and fresh parmesan cheese.

Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini Pasta in a white bowl with a green towel and small tomatoes in the background.

The only way dinner happens most nights is by taking advantage of my stock-pile of tried and true 30 minute meals.  I rely on meals I can make really fast, with ingredients I have on hand, and something that my kids will eat without complaining. Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini fits the bill and is one of our family favorites!

How to make Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini:

Start by cooking the tortellini.

I prefer the refrigerated brand of tortellini best, because it’s the freshest. I typically buy the butoni brand. Cook the tortellini according to package instructions, in a pot of boiling water until tender. You will notice they will float to the top of the pot as they cook.

Feel free to use any kind of filled tortellini in this recipe, like chicken or cheese.

A saucepan with a homemade white sauce and a wooden spoon, next to an overhead photo of the sauce pan with diced tomatoes, spinach, basil and oregano added to it.

Then, make the a simple sauce in your sauce pan. Melt butter and add some flour. Add garlic and onion powder for flavor, and stir in milk and cream.  Cook until the sauce simmer and thickens slightly.

Add diced or fresh tomatoes, spinach, basil and oregano. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings if it needs it. more flavor.


A saucepan of creamy pink sauce with fresh parmesan cheese added to it, next to the same saucepan with cooked tortellini added to it.

Add the parmesan cheese and cooked tortellini. Fresh shredded parmesan cheese will taste better and melt smoother than the pre-shredded packaged parmesan, but either will work. Give the pasta a gently toss to coat everything in the sauce.

Serve warm and enjoy!


A saucepan with cheese tortellini in a creamy pink sauce with tomatoes, spinach and basil.



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Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini Pasta in a white bowl with a green towel and small tomatoes in the background.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 25 mins
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  • 20 ounces refrigerator cheese tortellini s
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , salted or unsalted
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes*
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves , chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese , plus more for serving
  • crushed red pepper flakes , for serving (optional)


  • Cook tortellini according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, add butter and cook until melted. Whisk in flour. Add garlic and and onion powder and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. 
  • Slowly pour in milk and cream, whisking as you pour and stirring until smooth. 
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to simmer. 
  • Add diced tomatoes, spinach, basil and oregano. Taste and season with salt and pepper or add more seasonings if desired. 
  • Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in cooked tortellini. 
  • Serve warm with extra parmesan sprinkled on top, and crushed red pepper, if desired.


Want to use fresh tomatoes, instead of canned? Substitute 1 ½ cups diced tomatoes, and 1 cup of hot water that you used to boil the tortellini. 


Calories: 511kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 21gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 704mgPotassium: 361mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1490IUVitamin C: 9.2mgCalcium: 347mgIron: 3.9mg

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*I originally shared this recipe in September 2014. Updated April 2018.


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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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