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Tortellini with Mushroom Sauce

It's easy to turn these little twists of frozen-cheese-filled pasta into a meal.

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  • Servings: 1
  • Yield: Serves 1
Tortellini with Mushroom Sauce

Source: Everyday Food, June 2005


  • 1 1/4 cups (1/3 of a 16-ounce bag) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook tortellini according to package instructions; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender, about 7 minutes.

  3. Add 1 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add tortellini, Parmesan, butter, and parsley. Toss to coat; serve.

Cook's Note

If you find fresh tortellini, you can use that instead of frozen; cook in a pot of boiling salted water until the pasta floats to the top, about 3 minutes. The mushroom sauce can also be tossed with plain pasta, such as fettuccine, linguine, or spaghetti. Cook 2 ounces of pasta, and add 2 more tablespoons of Parmesan.

Reviews (13)

  • Its4mygoodand4hisglory 23 Jul, 2015

    Awesome recipe! Didn't have tortellini on hand so used angel hair pasta instead. Served it with chicken and Greek salad. Husband loved it so this is definitely a keeper for me!

  • cwelzy2 19 Nov, 2013

    Why is every recipe under 5 stars....not saying all should be 5 stars but it just seems too many picky eaters out there or wanna-be gourmands.
    You make the recipe as is and see how it goes for your tastes (you wouldn't try it if it hadn't sounded good).
    Do your thing but let me discover myself...I always mess with recipes.
    You don't like fine but don't change recipe and complain. Just venting as a chef would I'm sure.

  • t_seal 24 Jul, 2013

    This was delicious! I made a few changes, I used vegetable stock instead of water, doubled the amount of garlic and used basil instead of parsley & it was amazing! It didn't feed that many people, but that could have been because everybody liked it so much! When I made it a second time, I doubled the recipe and used half shiitake and half button mushrooms since they are less expensive and I had some on hand and it was good too, not quite as rich and delicious as all shiitake though...

  • Becky928 1 Jan, 2012

    This was delicious! I drained the excess liquid prior to adding to the tortellini, but otherwise I made it as written. Very good dish!

  • cfoxrun 24 Jun, 2009

    Calorie count is only about 765. I think the previous poster probably made an error on the [filtered word]akes. One web site shows a half a cup having 290 calories which is incorrect. There are only 87 calories in 8 ounces of [filtered word]akes.

  • GardenMage 31 Jan, 2009

    substitute dried morels and save the rehydrating water for sauce; add basil and substitute heavy cream for the butter and this is amazing. I think next time I would make it a little thicker (I like a 'sticky sauce) but this would be an easy, fancy-looking dish for company when scaled up

  • Gyn33 24 Dec, 2008

    Thanks for including a recipe for just one person. It is always easier to increase a recipe for more people than to reduce it down for one. Less leftovers in my freezer is always nice....Ginger G

  • saramechelle 17 Aug, 2008

    Delicious! I found that the eight ounces of mushrooms were enough to make sauce for two people, so I just had to increase the amount of tortellini to cover us both. My sweetheart and I really enjoyed it. By the way, the unusual one serving recipe is part of a regular feature in the Everyday Food magazine called Cooking For One- I think it's a nice feature since almost all recipes are designed for families of four even though not all households consist of four people.

  • d dangerfield 16 Jul, 2008

    Excellent meal - just made portion adjustments for my family - delicious and easy - nice to sometimes have a non-meat meal.

  • wholovesboo 28 May, 2008

    This recipe was a big hit with my husband. I made it with a Buitoni family size pack of tortellini (20 oz.), and just upped the sauce ingredients a bit (not sure why the serving size was set for 1 person...kinda weird). Also, the shiitake mushrooms weren't looking so fresh at the grocery store that day, so I ended up substituting portebellos instead, which worked out great!

  • emilybanco 5 May, 2008

    Just made this with some adjustments. I used an 8-oz. package of tortellini, about 8 oz. of sliced cremimi mushrooms, and 4 garlic cloves. I skipped the butter and added a little cream instead. It was soooooooo delicious--quick, too! Thanks for a great dinner idea!

  • Yomi 4 May, 2008

    I haven't made this yet as there must be a mistake with the number of servings. This recipe shows it serves one person. I've done a nutritional analysis on this recipe and the calories for this one serving is 1349 calories!! Please review this recipe as it looks good, but dangerous! Thanks.

  • nursekarmen 30 Apr, 2008


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