30 Minute Pesto Tortellini

Get dinner on the table in no time with this 30 minute toasted tortellini with pesto. It only requires 8 simple ingredients!

If you love fresh basil pesto, you’ll LOVE our pesto tortellini. It’s quick and full of flavor, just like our sausage and tortellini soup and pesto chicken meatballs!

Toasted tortellini with pesto30 Minutes + 8 Ingredients

Our family is kind of obsessed with pesto. My three year old begs me to make it at least once a week, so it’s no surprise that today’s dish quickly became a favorite.

Toasted tortellini with pesto is super flavorful, filling, and easy to throw together – all you need is 30 minutes and 8 INGREDIENTS including:

  • three cheese tortellini
  • cremini mushrooms
  • salted butter
  • minced garlic
  • black pepper
  • pesto
  • fresh basil
  • grated parmesan cheese

Combined they make a delicious and simple dinner the whole family loves!

Buitoni Tortellini

Cheese tortellini with water in pot

How to Make Pesto Tortellini

What I love most about this dish is that it’s budget-friendly, wholesome and fresh! I used Buitoni’s Three Cheese Tortellini and their Pesto with Basil, both of which are convenient and speedy (bonus: no GMO ingredients). They have a huge variety of products, all of which we have tried & really enjoyed.

Here’s how I made this 30 minute toasted tortellini with pesto:

After cooking the tortellini according to the package’s instructions, I toasted it, along with some mushrooms in a large skillet.

I added a bit of freshly ground black pepper for seasoning along with 4 cloves of minced garlic. Once the garlic was fragrant, I removed the pan from the heat and tossed the pasta with the pesto.

I wanted to keep things on the lighter side, so I only added about ¼ cup of pesto. If you prefer more sauce, feel free to add ⅓ cup!

Some julienned basil and freshly grated parmesan really made this dish! Don’t skimp on these ingredients, trust me.

Pesto tortellini recipe in pot

How to Store, Variations + Sides

This is a great recipe to reheat for leftovers. TO STORE, just place in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the skillet or in the microwave.

There are so many ways to change up this recipe, but here are a few ideas:

  • MEAT – Add some of our favorite meat. Sausage and grilled chicken breast are our favorites!
  • VEGGIES – throw in some cooked squash, zucchini, peppers or broccoli to make it even more hearty and flavorful
  • CHEESE – add more of your favorite cheese or even SHAVED parmesan if you’re a cheese lover.

And for some of our sides that pair well with this pesto tortellini, check out:

30 Minute Toasted Tortellini with Pesto on white plate

This toasted tortellini with pesto is definitely something we will be making time & time again. We ate every last bite! It had just the right amount of garlic and basil, and plenty of cheese.

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30 Minute Pesto Tortellini Recipe

Get dinner on the table in no time with this 30 minute toasted tortellini with pesto. It only requires 8 simple ingredients!
4.89 from 17 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Andrea
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  • 1 (20 oz) pkg three cheese tortellini
  • 12 oz cremini mushrooms - sliced
  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil - julienned
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese - freshly grated


  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook the tortellini according to package's directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, as the tortellini is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Add the mushrooms and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until browned. Add the drained tortellini and cook until lightly toasted and browned around the edges. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the pesto, basil and parmesan. Serve immediately.


Want to up the protein? Serve this with a grilled chicken breast!


Serving: 6serving | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a simple and delicious recipe! We all loved it at home, it has great flavor. I Will definitely make it again and again.