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Beef Tortellini with Arugula and Sun-Dried Tomatoes


Arugula has a fresh, peppery flavor that pairs well with the sweet tomatoes.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, March 2007


  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen beef tortellini (from two 1-pound bags)
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 bunches arugula (12 ounces total), washed well and torn into large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Cook pasta and tomatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain pasta mixture, and return to pot.

  2. Add arugula and butter to pasta. Toss, adding reserved pasta water a little at a time to create a thin sauce that coats tortellini (you may not need all the water). Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Serve.

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  • denise_rasarvid
    1 OCT, 2015
    This was very good, and super easy. The key to this, is timing and a gentle boil! I read some of the other reviews about the sun-dried tomatoes being over boiled and no longer flavorful, so I threw them in the last 5 minutes. I used fresh Italian sausage tortellini's, and boiled all gently until al dente, about 6-9 minutes. I used Ghee instead of butter, and topped it off with shaved Parmesan cheese. Hubby loved it, and he isn't even a fan of arugula! ... Definitely will make again, Yum!
  • Puyi
    20 DEC, 2010
    This was great... although instead of using regular sun dried tomatoes, i used the marinated I skipped the whole boiling them. But it was super easy and delicious! A definite repeat!
  • Since1982
    25 MAR, 2010
    I have to confess I'm a little befuddled by this recipe: boil the sun-dried tomatoes with the pasta? But I dutifully followed the recipe. The tomatoes were watery and almost tasteless after their violent "bath"; moreover, there was no notable corresponding increase in flavor to the pasta water that formed the basis for the sauce. (continued below)
  • Since1982
    25 MAR, 2010
    I enjoyed the combination of tortellini, arugula and (what was left of) the sun-dried tomato flavors; I just don't understand the purpose of diminishing the flavor of the tomatoes.
  • letterknit
    19 NOV, 2008
    I really like this recipe. It is very easy and the combination of the arugala and the sun dried tomatoes make the beef tortellini interesting.