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Basil Pesto Cream with Tortellini

Enjoy the fresh, bold flavor of the basil pesto, and the salty grated Parmesan cheese tossed with hot cheese tortellini for a delicious meal that can be on the table in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Dish, Pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Tricia


  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto click HERE for recipe
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • 9 ounces cooked cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli florets
  • Fresh grated black pepper


  • Cook tortellini according to package directions. Set aside to drain.
  • Combine the half-and-half, butter and pesto in a large skillet. Heat until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Add 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and stir until melted and combined.
  • Remove from the heat and season with ground pepper. Toss the sauce with the cooked broccoli and drained tortellini.
  • Serve immediately garnished with additional Parmesan if desired.


Whole milk or heavy cream can be substituted for the half-and-half. If using cream, omit the butter, if using milk, add another tablespoon of unsalted butter.
adapted from a recipe on food.com