Herbed Tortellini garnished with parsley on a round brown plate next to a stainless steel fork and a brown towel on top of a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Herbed Tortellini (or Ravioli)

Herbed Tortellini is an easy dinner for crazy weeknights that you need dinner in a hurry. Frozen tortellini is topped with a tangy ranch-marinara sauce.

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Frozen tortellini or ravioli is always a great backup dinner. Sometimes I forget to take something out or we are short on time for one reason or another. But regular tortellini just seems so plain. One night I started mixing a bunch of things in with the sauce to come up with this Herbed Tortellini recipe. It can be used with ravioli or tortellini or probably any other pasta. Those are just the only two I’ve made it with.

Mixing Ranch dressing into marinara sauce adds a unique blend of red sauce with the creaminess of the ranch. Then I add in a bunch of other seasonings to really amp up the flavor of the sauce.

Part of the advantage of this meal is being able to customize your flavors. If you prefer your sauce to have more onion flavor, add more onion powder. Or if the ranch is too powerful, cut it back next time. There’s no right or wrong way to make this meal.

My boys like it because we get the cheese-only tortellini or ravioli. Then the sauce is fun because they will help me pick out our seasonings for the night and add it to the pot themselves.

Normally, if my sauce is room temperature, I don’t warm it before using it on pasta. But unless you are using a new bottle of ranch, that will be cold since it’s stored in the refrigerator. For this reason, I always warm up the sauce so it will blend well together and be warm on the pasta.

Step by Step

Cook the tortellini or ravioli according to the package.

Tortellini cooking in a saucepan on a wooden surface

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the marinara sauce, ranch dressing, and seasonings.

Marinara sauce, ranch dressing, and seasonings in a sauce pan on a wooden surface

Stir to combine and warm over medium-low heat. You don’t want the sauce to start boiling.

Herbed sauce in a saucepan on a wooden surface

When the pasta is done, serve it warm covered with the sauce mixture. Garnish your herbed tortellini with parmesan cheese or seasonings.

Herbed Tortellini garnished with parsley on a round brown plate next to a stainless steel fork and a brown towel on top of a wooden surface (vertical)

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Originally Published On: February 8, 2017

Last Updated On: February 10, 2020

Herbed Tortellini garnished with parsley on a round brown plate next to a stainless steel fork and a brown towel on top of a wooden surface

Herbed Tortellini (or Ravioli)

Herbed Tortellini is an easy dinner for crazy weeknights that you need dinner in a hurry. Frozen tortellini is topped with a tangy ranch-marinara sauce.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, pasta, ranch, sauce
Servings: 4 cups
5 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 19 oz frozen tortellini
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery flakes
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (for garnish)

Instructions

  • Cook the tortellini according to the package
  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the marinara sauce, ranch dressing, and seasonings
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until mixed and warmed through
  • Serve the sauce over the cooked tortellini
  • Top with fresh parmesan cheese
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Nutrition Facts
Herbed Tortellini (or Ravioli)
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 1301mg54%
Potassium 334mg10%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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36 thoughts on “Herbed Tortellini (or Ravioli)”

  1. Oh my, I am a HUGE fan of tortellini anything! And who would’ve thought to add some ranch in your sauce! That is something I’ll have to try when my husband isn’t home lol, he hates ranch.

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