Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini

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Cheese Tortellini coated in a creamy Parmesan sauce flavored with garlic, onion, a few red pepper flakes, and a pinch of nutmeg, plus lots of broccoli florets. This Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini is a vegetarian comfort meal that can be made in under 30 minutes.

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini

When cooking for a family, it can be hard to come up with meal ideas that appeal to everyone.

Each family member has his or her likes and dislikes and if you have a family member with a food restriction, it’s twice as hard.

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini


This Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini is a meal that appeals to pretty much everyone and it is vegetarian on its own, but you can easily add grilled chicken to it.

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini


This Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini is a meal that appeals to pretty much everyone and it is vegetarian on its own, but you can easily add grilled chicken to it. It’s an easy recipe that is packed with cheese flavor. Made with cheese tortellini, you get lots of cheese flavor from the tortellini, plus there’s a full cup of Parmesan cheese added to the sauce.

Broccoli ALfredo Tortellini - ready in less than 30 minutes!

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini comes together quickly. You can have it on the table in under 30 minutes. Serve it with a loaf of crusty bread and there won’t be a single tortellini left. Guarantee.

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini- ready in less than 30 minutes!

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Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta recipe, vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 647kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. An easy, creamy vegetarian meal in a Parmesan-flavored sauce.
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  • 6 cups broccoli florets, cut in fairly small pieces
  • 1 (12-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • salt and pepper


  • Steam broccoli until tender and cook tortellini according to package directions, setting aside 1/4 cup of cooking liquid just before draining pasta. Alternately, you can add the broccoli to the pasta water for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking the tortellini instead of steaming it. Drain well.
  • While tortellini is cooking, melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and nutmeg, and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Pour in the half-and-half and bring it to a simmer. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add Parmesan cheese and turn heat to low. Once cheese is melted add tortellini and broccoli, plus cooking liquid. Stir to combine everything well and cook a few minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with additional Parmesan.


Frozen broccoli florets can be used instead of fresh. Just cook them in the microwave according to the package directions and add them to the recipe.


Calories: 647kcal

Adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini

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19 thoughts on “Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini

  1. This meal was delicious! πŸ‘πŸ‘ from my husband and me. Now, with that said, I did tweak the recipe. I added a pound of chicken tenders cut into chunks and I used a 20 oz bag of frozen broccoli. I defrosted the broccoli before cooking. I did add it to the tortellini for the last 2 minutes of cooking. Next time I will increase the red pepper flakes. We will be making this again. It’s a perfect week night meal for our house!

  2. It looks and smells delish!!! Trying to thicken the sauce up a little bit more. Served with some pillsbury biscuits:) thanks the the quick yummy recipe!!

  3. This looks delicious, Christin! I love all that broccoli in there and that alfredo sauce looks so creamy…what a great quick and easy dinner!

  4. Christin, I’m just going to move to your house and have a seat at the table, mmmm, k? I love every dish you make. And, this vegetarian tortellini needs to be in my life. I see this, and I think “Mmmm, yes. You need to be in my belly now.” And, I don’t make nearly enough vegetarian dishes!

  5. My kids are so hard to please when it comes to dinner time right now! They’d eat mac and cheese every night if I’d let them. πŸ™‚ Broccoli is one of the only vegetables that they will eat (a little of) and this cheesy tortellini looks delicious!

  6. So in addition to my love of sugar, I am also addicted to pasta and cheese. I love this pasta recipe because it combines two of my three loves! Between the pasta, cheesy tortellini filling, and creamy alfredo this dish has my name all over it!

  7. Heyya.. This dish just screams pure comfort food to me. :)Merely.. I love alfredo sauce and I love love broccoli in my pastas!! There is nothing I don’t like about this dish… πŸ™‚

  8. This looks incredible, Christin! Love easy pasta meals like this especially since you get to sneak in more veggies! This would be a hit at our house for sure!

  9. For my first visit to your site, I’m blown away! I love the recipes and the pictures! I’ve been craving alfredo like a crazy woman, and I have fresh broccoli in the fridge! I know what I’m making this weekend! Great recipe, so glad I stopped by!

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