Speedy Tortellini

  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time25 mins
  • Makes4 to 6 servings
Speedy Tortellini

Photo: Erik Putz

Fresh, cheese-filled tortellini is your dinnertime solution. Try it in this easy tomato and spinach sauce for your fastest dinner act yet.


  • 350 g fresh cheese tortellini

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 680-mL jar passata

  • 4 cups baby spinach

  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta following package directions. Reserve ½ cup pasta water before draining.

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add onion, garlic and salt, and cook until softened, about 5 min.

  • Add passata and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 12 min.

  • Stir in pasta, spinach, Parmesan and basil until spinach is just wilted, about 1 min. Add a splash of pasta water if sauce needs thinning out. Garnish with more Parmesan.

Nutrition (per serving)

Protein 14g, Carbohydrates 38g, Fat 13g, Fibre 3g, Sodium 903mg.


Don't waste a drop of that delicious tomato flavour! Swirl 2 tbsp water around in a nearly empty pasta bottle and add to sauce.

Originally published in the May + June 2018 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.