Collegiate Cooking: Tortellini

When I walk into Leo’s and see cheese tortellini on the hot bar, my excitement is nearly immeasurable. At home, tortellini was without question the food I prepared the most frequently for myself, because it is absolutely delicious, simple to make, and very easy to turn into an at-home gourmet dish without much effort at all!

Depending on my budget, time, and mood, I could eat and enjoy tortellini plain, with a little olive oil and salt, or with tomato sauce and vegetables. So this week, instead of making something from scratch, we will be learning to add some easy flair to what is already always a delicious, easy, speedy dish.  Also, this dish is very much based on your personal preferences, so the ingredients and amounts listed below are completely flexible!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1-2 cups (depending on how hungry you are) Boxed Cheese Tortellini (Buitoni Mixed Cheese is my personal favorite—it’s delicious!)
  • ½ – 1 cup Marinara sauce (there is an endless variety of types of pasta sauce, so try keeping it simple the first time, and then branch out and try something intriguing and unusual)
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ yellow or orange pepper (green peppers work too, but I prefer the flavor of orange and yellow for this)

What to Do:

  • In a large sauce pan, bring water to a boil on medium or medium high. See packaging for instructions on how much water.
  • When the water boils, add tortellini and cook based on time on package (generally around 10 minutes)
  • As the tortellini cooks, pour the sauce into a separate sauce pan and heat between low and medium, stirring regularly.
  • Add the frozen peas to the warming sauce to thaw them out.
  • Dice the pepper as everything else cooks.
  • When the tortellini is done, drain it in a colander.
  • Transfer the tortellini to a plate, add sauce and peppers, and enjoy!

Want to Switch It Up?

If you aren’t a fan of the ingredients we used, don’t worry!

Visit the Buitoni website and custom meal creator (, where you can find recipes and create more easy meals based on what you already have in your fridge!

Photo from Flickr user su-lin, used under a Creative Commons license.

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