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Tomato-Basil Tortellini

Tomato-Basil Tortellini – a rich and creamy pasta dinner the whole family will love.  Ravioli or Tortellini tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and plenty of fresh basil!

When I am craving comfort food, pasta is pretty much at the top of the list of things that I want.  And a creamy pasta that is rich and full of flavor just might win out every time.  I could pretty much live on Pasta Milano which has a very similar sauce to this but also has chicken and mushrooms involved. 

So if you are anything like me, keep reading because this creamy tortellini is going to be on your list to make very soon!

creamy tomato basil tortellini in a pan


Why This Recipe Works

  • Great for a last minute dinner, you don’t have to have anything thawed or ready, everything can just be pulled out of the fridge and you can start cooking.
  • It is ready in minutes. Super fast, and easy recipe you can make in just minutes on a busy night.
  • Mix up the flavor of the tortellini or ravioli for different flavors. Use meat filled, cheese filled, spinach etc.
  • A mix of milk and heavy cream makes for a rich and creamy sauce, but it isn’t super heavy. You really can use any milk product you want, it just might make a thinner sauce.

What You’ll Need

  • Tortellini
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Basil for garnish
creamy tomato basil tortellini in a pan

How to Make Sun Dried Tomato Tortellini

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  1. Start by cooking the pasta according to the package directions.  Then you drain and let it sit until you are ready to use.  
  2. To make the sauce heat butter in a large skillet and gently saute the garlic.  You want to be careful not to burn it.  
  3. Mix in flour until there is no white remaining and then whisk in the milk and heavy cream.  The flour will help thicken the sauce.  I like to use a mixture of milk and heavy cream so it gets thick and creamy, but isn’t over the top.  If you want to use all heavy cream for a more decadent meal, then you definitely can. 
  4. Stir in the sun dried tomatoes and bring the mixture to a simmer.  You just want to soften the tomatoes and let them infuse their flavor in the sauce. 
  5. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the cheese. Mix until it is nice and smooth.
  6. Toss in the pasta and stir in the basil.  
creamy tomato basil tortellini in a bowl
Can I use frozen tortellini?

Absolutely! I like to buy the fresh stuff near the produce section of the grocery store, but frozen works equally as well. You cook it before you add it to the sauce, so use whatever type and flavor you enjoy.

What type of milk do you use?

I use a mix of heavy cream and skim milk, just because skim milk is what I always have on hand. But you can use 2%, 1%, or whatever you have on hand. You can really use all heavy cream if you want too, it will just be a richer sauce.

Can I add vegetables to this?

Adding a couple handfuls of spinach to the sauce and letting it wilt down would be a great way to get some more nutrition into this dish.

What Goes With Tomato Basil Tortellini

You can bulk up this dish by adding sliced Chicken Breasts to this recipe or even Sauteed Shrimp.

tortellini in a creamy sauce in a large skillet

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Tomato-Basil Tortellini

Tomato-Basil Pasta - a rich and creamy pasta dinner the whole family will love. Ravoili or Tortellini tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and plenty of fresh basil!

Tomato-Basil Tortellini - a rich and creamy pasta dinner the whole family will love.  Ravoili or Tortellini tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and plenty of fresh basil!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 (20 oz) package tortellini or ravioli
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 (8oz) jar sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped


    1. Cook pasta according to the package directions.
    2. In a large skillet heat butter until melted, over medium high heat.  Add garlic, and saute for 2 minutes until soft, but not burnt. 
    3. Stir in flour, and cook for 2-3 minutes; stirring frequently. Whisk in milk and cream.  Add sun-dried tomatoes.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until it starts to thicken slightly.
    4. Season with salt and pepper and stir in Parmesan cheese. 
    5. Add cooked pasta, tossing to coat.
    6. Stir in fresh basil to serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 312Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 72mgSodium 975mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 9g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Friday 3rd of February 2023

Love how creamy are these tortellini! They will be a hit in my house!

katerina @

Friday 3rd of February 2023

My family would love this!! I can't wait to make it! Thanks for sharing!


Thursday 2nd of February 2023

Perfect meal that the whole family will enjoy!


Thursday 2nd of February 2023

It doesn't get better than tomato and basil. It's such a classic combination. I actually have made this a couple of times, I just had to come here and let you know!

Megan @

Thursday 31st of March 2016

Tomato basil is one of my favorite combos!

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