4.25 from 4 votes

Easy Cheese Tortellini with Broccoli & Red Peppers Recipe

Quick, easy, healthy and delicious vegetarian pasta dish you're whole family will love!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 5
Calories: 385
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin 2-inch strips
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound fresh cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add the red pepper and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until the pepper is very soft, about 10 minutes. Keep warm over low heat.
  • Add a large handful of salt to the boiling water and then drop in the tortellini. Cook according to the the package instructions, adding in the broccoli florets about 3 minutes before the pasta is finished cooking.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water and when the pasta and broccoli are tender, drain them thoroughly in a colander and then return them to the pot.
  • Carefully stir in the red pepper mixture, the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, reserved pasta water, basil and salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes

To bulk up this pasta further, saute more vegetables, such as thinly sliced mushrooms, onions, or zucchini along with the red pepper strips and garlic.
 
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *10
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *9
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *9
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheese Tortellini with Broccoli & Red Peppers Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 -1/3 cups)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 127
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.1g22%
Carbohydrates 52.1g17%
Fiber 1.8g7%
Protein 12.6g25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy broccoli and tortellini, tortellini with veggies, vegetarian cheese tortellini dinner