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4 Ingredient One Pot Tortellini Skillet

This under 30 minute, one pot Tortellini Skillet pasta recipe contains 4 simple ingredients. It’s a delicious and easy meal for busy weeknight dinners or simple weekend fixes. One pan, minutes to make, huge on delicious Italian flavor!

Close up view of Skillet Tortellini with a wooden spoon

Everything in this oh-so-simple one pot pasta recipe is made in a single skillet, including the tortellini.

Yay for quick and easy pasta recipes.

One Pot Tortellini Skillet

You know the phrase, “Out of the mouths of babes?” This recipe will always remind me of that poignant statement.

How often do we get to learn lessons from our kids? Perhaps some of us more than others. Whether we tell them or not is up for discussion! I’m smiling.

When our college kid came home from school and offered to cook dinner for us, I was ALL in.

It’s rare that I get a night off in the kitchen.

He made a version of this recipe and was very proud of it. I tweaked the timing and added spinach. That’s it.

Thank the Lord for our kids! They can be brilliant at times.

Top view of Skillet Tortellini with Spinach

Tortellini Skillet: Simple Ingredients

This Tortellini Skillet requires zero prep and requires mostly pantry ingredients. No chopping, unless you want to, no precooking the pasta. It’s all done in one skillet, in under 30 minutes.

Here’s what you need to make this one pot pasta:

  • Fully cooked meatballs (I’m using them straight from the freezer).
  • Jar of quality marinara sauce (or homemade marinara sauce if you happen to have some)
  • Fresh, uncooked tortellini
  • Baby spinach leaves
Tortellini Skillet ingredients on a wooden board

Ingredient Options and Substitutions

Making recipes your own is what cooking is all about. Or, swapping in ingredients you have on hand is always a part of weeknight cooking. Here are some ingredient ideas and handy substitutions:

Marinara Sauce

Using ready-made marinara sauce in a jar makes this tortellini skillet incredibly simple to make. However, you can easily make your own, or substitute an equal amount of fire-roasted tomatoes or Italian-style canned tomatoes.

Another flavor option is to substitute beef or chicken broth for the water. A pinch of red pepper flakes goes a long way and adding any fresh herbs, like basil, parsley, rosemary or thyme is always a great idea in my book.

Meatballs

I love not worrying about precooking the meat. But, if you prefer bulk sausage and have the time, by all means, substitute it for the meatballs. Or, if you want to use uncooked meatballs, be sure to thoroughly cook them before adding the pasta.

Pasta

Not a tortellini fan? This is such a versatile recipe that it’s easy to substitute different kinds of pasta for the tortellini. Ravioli works super well and I love playing around with fillings like butternut squash, spinach, and of course, cheese too.

Greens

While I’ve used spinach in this recipe, other greens work equally well. Think kale, mustard greens, arugula, etc.

Much of the flavor of this meal comes from the sauce and the meatballs. It’s comfort food at its simplest.

How to Make One Pot Tortellini Skillet

Get ready for dinner in under 30 minutes.

  • Add frozen meatballs, marinara sauce and water to a large skillet. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and stir in the uncooked tortellini. Cover the skillet and bake for another 12 minutes or until the pasta is tender and the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Toss in spinach leaves and mozzarella, if using, and cook until the spinach is wilted and the cheese is melted.
Close up of skillet tortellini with melting mozzarella cheese
Close up view of Skillet Tortellini with a wooden spoon

4 Ingredient One Pot Pasta

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

This under 30 minute, one pot Tortellini Skillet pasta recipe contains 4 simple ingredients. It's a delicious and easy meal for busy weeknight dinners or simple weekend fixes. One pan, minutes to make, huge on delicious Italian flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fully cooked meatballs
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar marinara sauce (or homemade)
  • 1 container tortellini
  • 2 cups spinach

Instructions

  1. In a heavy-bottom skillet stir in marinara sauce, 1 ½ cups water, and meatballs. Bring to a simmer and cook 12 minutes.
  2. Toss in the tortellini and gently stir them into the sauce, Be sure to fully coat the tortellini. Cover and cook on for 12 minutes more or until the tortellini is tender and the meatballs are cooked through. Give the pasta a gentle stir as needed.
  3. Uncover and stir in the spinach and sprinkle with mozzarella if desired. Cover and cook for another minute or two until the spinach is wilted and the cheese is melted. You can also broil for a few seconds if using an oven-safe skillet.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 696mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g

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