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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.

I like to serve Tortellini Primavera is a very rich 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.

If it is for a special occasion then 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 and cook tortellini to package directions.
  3. While water is being brought to a boil sauté the mushrooms and onion in 2 teaspoons of butter.
  4. Once the onions are soft add the garlic for 1 minute. 
  5. Then add while stirring:
    • 2/3 cup of milk
    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  6.  Add the tortellini to the sauce along with the tomato. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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

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