National Tortellini Day | Basil Pesto and Creamy Nutmeg Tortellini – The Foodie Patootie

National Tortellini Day | Basil Pesto and Creamy Nutmeg Tortellini

A food holiday dedicated to pasta? I am totally on board for this. (As if I have a choice anyway since I’m in it to win it with this food holiday project.)

Pasta is 1,000% a staple in my house. It’s by far the thing I make most often. It’s simple, there are so many varieties, and it’s delicious. You can’t go wrong.


Today I have two tortellini dishes for you. Last night, my husband and I devoured them both in record time while watching American Idol. It was a perfect Wednesday evening full of gluttony and singing (because you know we sing along to the TV).

The first is a Basil Pesto Tortellini.

Basil Pesto Tortellini via | #pasta #basil #tortellini #recipe

This recipe came courtesy of my mom’s friend, Joan. I truly do pick inspiration and ask for advice from everywhere. I love for others to be involved in this journey of mine. Actually, if you have any ideas for any food holiday, I’d love to hear it!

According to my mom, Joan makes the best chicken enchiladas in the world, and it was with this fact that I was introduced to her. From there, we chatted about red vs. green sauce, soups, cooking vs. baking, and goat stew. When I was out of creative juice and wanted someone else to call the shots on one of the National Tortellini Day variations, I asked Joan…and she delivered.

The next is a Creamy Nutmeg Tortellini.

Creamy Nutmeg Tortellini via | #pasta #tortellini #recipe

This one was great too, if I may say so myself. It’s simple, yet packed with flavor. It’s creamy, yet not heavy. The addition of lemon adds a brightness to the pasta that I really appreciate. It’s warm, it’s bright, it’s yummy. What more can you possibly want?

For future reference, and because you can’t have too many pasta recipes, how do you make your sauce?

National Tortellini Day | Basil Pesto and Creamy Nutmeg Tortellini
Recipe Type: Pasta
Author: The Foodie Patootie
  • [b]Basil Pesto Tortellini[/b]
  • 1/2 pound tortellini (I used refrigerated Chicken and Proscuitto)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2/3 cup olive oil + 1/2 tbsp (for bell peppers)
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, Romano, or Pecorino Cheese
  • [b]Creamy Nutmeg Tortellini[/b]
  • 1/2 pound tortellini (I used Three Cheese)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmesan, to serve
  • Basil leaves, for garnish
[b]Basil Pesto Tortellini[/b]
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Toast the pine nuts on a cookie sheet in a 400* oven for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium and saute red bell peppers for about 5 minutes.
  4. Using a food processor or blender, pulse the pine nuts, garlic, black pepper, and basil until finely chopped. Gradually add in olive oil while running the blender to form a smooth and thick consistency.
  5. Transfer to the skillet and add heavy cream, stirring occasionally until thickened slightly.
  6. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in the cheese, red bell peppers, and tortellini. Season with salt and more pepper to taste.
[b]Creamy Nutmeg Tortellini[/b]
  1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions. Drain.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter into the cream, stirring often. Add nutmeg, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Toss the pasta in the sauce, then remove from hear and serve with Parmesan and basil leaves.

Tomorrow: National Creme-Filled Chocolates Day

13 Responses to “National Tortellini Day | Basil Pesto and Creamy Nutmeg Tortellini”

  1. Jenn Rian — February 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    um, YES! That looks very, very good and now I’m mad at you because I’m hungry and my computer screen doesn’t taste very good 🙁
    Here from SITS

  2. Jennie — February 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    YUM! I just look at your blog and my mouth starts watering! Great job! #SITSblogging

    • Jennifer — February 24th, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

      Thanks, Jennie!

  3. Janice - Fitness Cheerleader — February 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Oh my yum yum yum!!! I pinned your post so that I can come back and make one of your awesome tortellini dishes!

  4. Jessica | Independent Travel Cats — February 14, 2014 at 1:26 am

    The Basil Pesto tortellini looks amazing. I spent a short 4 days in Italy and want to go back to just eat pasta and seafood, yum!

    • Jennifer — February 24th, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

      Oh man, I would love to go to Italy!! That would basically make my life.

  5. Jeanette — February 14, 2014 at 2:50 am

    I Love Tortellini. Thanks fpr sharing this:) #SITSBlogging

  6. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — February 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Yum! To me, tortellini is such a party food. I always buy a big frozen bag of it whenever I’m having a party, and then turn it into a cold pasta salad. Everybody seems to love it, and if you get the cheese-filled kind, it’s a great filling vegetarian option, too. And like you’ve done here, there’s almost always pesto involved 🙂

    • Jennifer — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:59 am

      Ooo, I bet that’s delicious! I usually use the spiral pasta for pasta salad, but I’ll have to opt for tortellini.

  7. Jennifer Loyd — February 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

    OMG I missed National Tortellini Day??!! I adore pesto tortellini. Wish we were neighbors! Lol! #sitsblogging

    • Jennifer — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:57 am

      Haha, I do share with my neighbors!

  8. jessica — February 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    oh wow! I need someone to make me the tortellini with artichokes one! Looks awesome!!! I guess I’ll have to try to make it myself 🙂 #sitsblogging

    • Jennifer — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:53 am

      Love tortellini!!

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