Frozen tortellini or ravioli is always a great backup dinner for when I forget to take something out or we are short on time for one reason or another. But sometimes it 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 seasoning to really amp up the flavor of the sauce.
Part of the advantage of this meal is being able to customize to 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.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the marinara sauce, ranch dressing, and seasonings.
Stir to combine and warm over medium-low heat. You don’t want the sauce to start boiling.
Stir occasionally until the sauce is heated through.
When the pasta is done, serve it warm covered with the sauce mixture. Garnish with parmesan cheese.
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Herbed Tortellini (or Ravioli)
- 1 pkg frozen tortellini or ravioli
- 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
- Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
- Cook tortellini according to package
- Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, combine marinara sauce and ranch dressing
- Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until mixed
- Add seasonings and stir
- Cook sauce until warmed through
- Serve sauce over tortellini
- Top with fresh parmesan cheese