(Edited on 1.05.10 to add a new photo)

This recipe has been a favorite of mine for a loooong time. It is smells so great when you are cooking the sauce, and it tastes amazing! I also love it because it is a very colorful dish (maybe not so evident from the pic, but it really is in person). My dad actually used to make this when I still lived at home and then I learned to make it when I moved out because I missed it a lot! Tonight I changed it up a little and used reduced-fat cream cheese to make it a little healthier, but I think the full-fat version is better. This also makes great leftovers – I always look forward to them.

Tortellini Primavera
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
½ cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp. margarine
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tomato, chopped
¼ cup milk
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 t. Italian seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
family size cheese-filled tortellini, cooked and drained

Heat margarine in a skillet. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic and sautee. Add all remaining ingredients except tortellini. Heat until all have melted together and are well blended. Cook until the mixture just begins to boil, stirring occasionally. Stir in tortellini.

Source: Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook

  • Elly

    Mmmm, looks delicious! You can’t go wrong with tortellini and cheese :)

  • ~Amber~

    This looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing Annie.

  • Jigginjessica

    Mmmm I can’t wait to try this!

  • Carrie

    This looks yummy!

  • Bellini Valli

    The tortellini sounds amazing Annie. The combination of flavours would be perfect for tonights dinner.

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  • Meg

    Hi Annie! This looks amazing but was wondering what was good to make with this. Should this just be eaten by itself or as a side?

  • Annie

    Hi Meg,
    Wow, I didn’t think anyone ever looked at this post anymore. I’m so embarrassed by my old photo, I just updated the post with a newer, marginally better one :) Anyway, this is a favorite meal in our home. We just love it! It’s definitely a main dish. We usually just have a salad with it (Caesar most of the time) and occasionally bread as well. Enjoy! It is wonderful

  • Melanie

    I’m searching for new tortellini recipes to try. This looks wonderful and so easy! I’ll be giving it a try for sure.

  • Melissa

    How much is “family sized”?

  • Annie

    The package I buy is labeled family size. I think 20 oz. maybe.

  • Annie, I tried this recipe and had to write and let you know about it. Sweet holy heavens…this is SO. GOOD. I can’t even put into words how much I loved it. Easy, quick, fresh, creamy, ridiculously good flavor…how’s that :) This is definitely going into rotation as often as I can make it happen. Thanks again for sharing!

    BTW, I’m new to your website and am obsessed. You have such fabulous ideas!


  • Justin

    Going to make this tonight for dinner, cant wait.

  • Tracey

    Can this be served cold? I’m looking for a few things I can make ahead of time for my son’s 1st Communion. This looks like a hit!

  • Annie

    No, I don’t think this would be good cold.

  • Cassy

    This is so delicious! Quick and easy!