Creamy Shrimp Pesto Tortellini Pasta is a deliciously savory one-pot dinner with a creamy, cheesy, pesto-infused sauce, tender spinach-filled tortellini pasta, and juicy shrimp. The perfect easy meal to enjoy during the week or on a laidback weekend. A vegetarian option available.
Pasta will forever be my mood. I can enjoy a good pasta that comes creamy or lightly dressed. Personally, my only request is that it's covered with a delicious sauce that has a ton of flavor and that the pasta shape itself is interesting.
This Creamy Shrimp Pesto Tortellini Pasta is by far one of my recent faves that fits perfectly into the Fall season ahead. It's super easy to make, can be enjoyed with meat or entirely meatless, has a nut-free option so that it remains kid-friendly, and is just too delicious to pass up!
If you're a pasta fanatic like I am then this Easy Weeknight Creamy Tuscan Ravioli and Spicy Brown Butter Pumpkin Rigatoni are just the Fall-inspired, cozy recipes that you need to try next!
Basically, tortellini are pasta which originated in the Italian region. Traditionally, they come stuffed with a mix of meat, cheese (ricotta or Parmigiano Reggiano), egg, and nutmeg, which is then served in capon broth.
Unlike ravioli which comes square shaped and stuffed, tortellini are ring or navel-shaped (visually similar to a tiny wonton or croissant).
Like with many other types of pasta, you bring a pot of water to a boil, add the tortellini along with olive oil or salt, and let it boil for 4-9 minutes, depending on the packaging and brand----shorter than most other pastas.
General rule of thumb: 2 to 3 minutes for refrigerated (soft) tortellini, 3 to 5 minutes for frozen tortellini, and 10 to 11 minutes for dried tortellini. Signs of doneness are when the pasta floats to the surface of the water, and has an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Usually, I like purchasing organic tortellini via Whole Foods, which has a great option by Artisola. However, making your own tortellini much like ravioli is something feasible as well!
Tortellini is generally made with either round pasta wrappers or square pasta wrappers. In either case, you'll just be sure to roll your dough as thin as possible. Overall, like most stuffed pasta, try to not over-stuff the centers, always keep the pasta dough covered to avoid drying, use ample flour, and take your time when assembling----al of which helps to make the perfect tortellini.
Regardless of whether you use homemade or not, this pasta dish is sure to come out amazingly!
This is a very simple recipe, but it does have four components: homemade pesto, shrimp, creamy sauce, and the tortellini itself.
Here’s what you need to make this easy creamy pasta dinner recipe:
It's packed with flavor from the sauce and shrimp, but can also be Meatless and work for any type of eater.
Super easy to make and quick.
Full of earthy, nutty, + delicious flavor! (The best reason!)
Very kid-friendly (has a great nut-free option).
Done in just under 40 minutes---hello weeknight meal goals!
The star of this simple pesto pasta dish is the creamy and bright green pesto. Here’s what you need to make it:
Traditionally, pesto contains nuts. However, you can substitute the walnuts in this recipe with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for a nut-free version.
If you’re thinking about making this Creamy Shrimp Pesto Tortellini Pasta and would love to sometimes switch things up for a heartier meal, feel free to add any of the following great options:
When it comes to most pasta dishes (including this pesto tortellini pasta), I often enjoy them with a side of bread of some sort. Most times, I make my own homemade Garlic Bread, however, you can choose to spruce things up with many other options such as:
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. To re-heat, simply microwave for a minute or two or add to a skillet over medium-high heat and stir until heated through.
If you are a fan of this Creamy Shrimp Pesto Tortellini Pasta, then you’ll most certainly enjoy the following pasta centered dinner options:
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