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Creamy Tortellini in Marinara Sauce You’ll Want to Try Tonight



Olive Garden’s creamy tortellini in the marinara sauce may not be one of their most popular dishes, but it is delicious! The easy-to-follow steps and picture-perfect recipe will help you master this dish in no time. Once you see how easy it is to make, you’ll look forward to making this cheesy tortellini dish again and again!


Did you know that tortellini is the most popular pasta shape in America? It’s easy to see why it’s so much of a favorite: Tortellini is a delicate yet filling dish that can be dressed up with your favorite sauce. This recipe for creamy tortellini in the marinara sauce will have you returning for more.

What You’ll Need

– 1 package cheese tortellini 

– 1 jar marinara sauce (I used Classico) 

– 1 tbsp butter 

– salt and pepper to taste 

– 3 cloves garlic, minced 

– 2 tbsp flour 

– 1⁄2 cup milk or heavy cream

The Tortellini

In a medium saucepan, cook garlic and onion in olive oil over medium-low heat until the onions are translucent. Add crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and add cooked tortellini to the sauce. Serve hot!

The Sauce

In a large saucepan, cook the olive oil, onion, and garlic over medium heat until the onion is translucent. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, basil, and oregano—season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Add the cheese tortellini and continue cooking over low heat for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. Stir in cream and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated.

Bringing It All Together

Cheese tortellini is a staple of Italian cuisine and goes well with marinara sauce. This recipe for creamy tortellini in the marinara sauce will teach you how to make your own. It’s surprisingly easy, and the result is worth it! 

1. Cook your pasta according to package instructions, reserving a cup of the cooking water before draining 2.


It’s so easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes. Once it’s on the stove, you can finish creating a salad or garlic bread while the tortellini cooks. The cheese tortellini is creamy, filling, and has just enough tomato flavor from the marinara sauce. Give this recipe a try for dinner tonight!

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