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Tortellini Primavera

Tortellini Primavera is full of mushrooms and spinach topped with a chopped tomato for freshness. It is very cheesy and creamy.

Tortellini Primavera is a very decadent cheat on your diet meal. It is still lighter than other versions of this same dish but very rich. I love the cheesy creaminess of the sauce.

For a special occasion I will make parmesan encrusted chicken and serve 1/2 cup pasta on the side. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Light and Tasty 2008 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Cost Per Serving $4.86

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $24.31.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $17.49.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $3.50.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.


Recipe serves: 5

Serving size: 1 and 1/4 cup

Equipment needed: 1 large pot for pasta and 1 deep sauté pan. 

Total time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will save about 6.82.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $6.82 as of October 2022

  • butter $4.48
  • italian seasoning $1.00
  • red pepper flakes $1.34


Total: $17.49 as of October 2022

  • tortellini cheese 19 oz $5.99
  • fresh mushrooms 8 oz $1.98
  • 1 onion $0.78
  • 1 garlic bulb $0.54
  • 1/2 gallon milk $1.67
  • 1 package cream cheese 8 oz $1.68
  • frozen chopped spinach 10 oz $1.06
  • 1 tomato $0.91
  • shredded parmesan cheese $2.88

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. Bring water to a boil for pasta
  3. Melt 2 teaspoons of butter in a 12″ pan.
  4. Add to the pan:
    • Onions
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • Mushrooms
  5. Sauté the mushrooms and onion until soft.
  6. Add pasta to the boiling water and cook to package directions.
  7. Add the garlic and spinach to the onions and mushrooms for 2 minutes. 
  8. Then add to the mushrooms and onions while stirring:
    • 2/3 cup of milk
    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  9.  Using a spaghetti strainer add the tortellini into the sauce.
  10. Sprinkle tortellini with 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese and fresh tomato. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 4

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