Toasted cheese tortellini and broccoli in a large skillet with a tan and white towel to the right all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

One Pan Skillet Tortellini and Broccoli Dinner

20 minutes is all you need to make delicious skillet tortellini and broccoli. Pan-fry cheese tortellini with broccoli in sherry butter.

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Have I mentioned before that I love one-pan meals? Maybe just once or twice? Per week. Yeah, we like one-pan meals. Especially right now while our dishwasher is out of commission!

One-pan meals are great for so many reasons. And this one is super easy to make, fairly healthy, and was enjoyed but my entire family. That’s a winner in my house!

I love cheese tortellini and have found a few ways to make it besides just the traditional boiling and adding sauce. I’ve made it in a soup with sausage and tomato soup. We’ve also had tortellini in a chicken salad which was a delicious, light, refreshing summer meal.

But today, we are cooking it in the frying pan! This meal takes only about 20 minutes. And since there’s no meat, it’s a perfect Meatless Monday meal, especially since Mondays are often hectic. The skillet tortellini and broccoli doesn’t take a lot of prep, and you don’t need to take anything out early. It’s really a meal that can be made on a whim.

Tortellini and Broccoli Simple Ingredients

Olive Oil

A little olive oil is used to saute the broccoli for a few minutes to make it soft. You can substitute this for other medium-temperature oils if needed. 

Broccoli

I prefer fresh broccoli for this recipe. You can purchase a head of broccoli and chop it, or buy it already cut into broccoli florets. Either will work well. I don’t suggest frozen broccoli as it tends to be more soggy. 

Garlic

It’s best if you can use fresh garlic cloves as it will have the most flavor. If you have jarred minced garlic you’ll want to verify the conversion from cloves to tablespoons. 

​Salt

A little bit of salt goes a long way here. 

Butter

Use unsalted butter in this recipe. If you only have salted butter, then omit the salt from the previous step. The butter helps prevent the cheese-filled tortellini from sticking to the bottom of the pan. 

Cooking Sherry

Make sure to get a good grade of cooking wine when choosing your cooking sherry. The sherry adds a bit of a sweet taste to the meal without overpowering everything. 

Cheese Tortellini

For this recipe, you can use either frozen tortellini or fresh tortellini. I tend to purchase frozen tortellini just because it is easier and I can keep it on hand for nights we need a quick meal. 

Black Pepper

Just as with the salt, a little bit goes a long way. Add a dash of black pepper to your meal for a boost of flavor. 

Parmesan Cheese

​Shredded parmesan cheese is the perfect garnish to top off this tortellini recipe. While parmesan goes the best, especially with the cooking sherry, you could also garnish with mozzarella cheese, white cheddar cheese, or another white cheese. 

Add-Ins and Topping Options

Every meal can be made as written in the recipe, or you can always change a few things to your family’s preferences. Try adding any of these to your cheese tortellini pasta for a quick weeknight dinner that everyone will love.

  • Top with red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick
  • Use chicken stock in place of cooking sherry for a more mild flavor
  • Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the broccoli
  • Mix in some kalamata olives or black olives
  • Wilt fresh spinach leaves for a spinach tortellini meal
  • For a creamy meal, add in some cream cheese, Alfredo sauce, or heavy cream

Tortellini and Broccoli Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 head broccoli (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry
  • 19 oz cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese (shredded)

Preparation

Add the olive oil to a large saute pan or large skillet over medium heat. Once it’s warm, add the broccoli and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. The broccoli should be slightly tender.

Browned broccoli in a skillet on a wooden surface

Add the garlic and salt to the broccoli and cook another 2-3 minutes.

Browned broccoli with garlic in a skillet on a wooden surface

Remove the broccoli from the pan. Melt the butter in the pan and pour in the cooking sherry. Add the tortellini and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Toasted cheese tortellini in a large skillet on a wooden surface

Return the broccoli to the pan and stir. Season with the pepper.

Toasted cheese tortellini and broccoli in a large skillet over a wooden surface

Serve immediately garnished with parmesan cheese.

Toasted cheese tortellini and broccoli in a large skillet with a tan and white towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Tortellini and Broccoli Leftovers

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Reheating: To reheat, place in a small skillet and warm over medium heat. Add a bit of olive oil or butter if the pasta is dry.

Recipe

Originally Published On: August 24, 2020

Last Updated On: June 30, 2023

Toasted cheese tortellini and broccoli in a large skillet with a tan and white towel to the right all on a wooden surface

Skillet Tortellini and Broccoli

20 minutes is all you need to make delicious skillet tortellini and broccoli. Pan-fry cheese tortellini with broccoli in a sherry butter.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
broccoli
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one pan
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skillet meal
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tortellini
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
Cooking Method:
One-Pan Meals
Servings: 4
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 head broccoli (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry
  • 19 oz cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese (shredded)

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat
  • Once it’s warm, add the broccoli and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the broccoli is slightly tender
  • Add the garlic and salt to the broccoli and cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Remove the broccoli from the pan
  • Melt the butter in the pan and pour in the cooking sherry
  • Add the tortellini and cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Return the broccoli to the pan and stir
  • Season with the pepper
  • Serve immediately garnished with parmesan cheese
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Nutrition Facts
Skillet Tortellini and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 633 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 1373mg57%
Potassium 492mg14%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1252IU25%
Vitamin C 137mg166%
Calcium 329mg33%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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30 thoughts on “One Pan Skillet Tortellini and Broccoli Dinner”

    1. I’ve been working on more vegetables for the kids, too. But mine don’t like it “cook-ed” so it’s taking a lot to convince them to eat veggies that aren’t raw right now!

  1. Oh my gosh this looks next level…literally drooling here, as just at my desktop working late so really could eat this right now x

  2. You know pasta is my fave! This looks like such a yummy dish. Broccoli is (surprisingly) my kid’s favorite veggie. This is a perfect weeknight meal.

  3. Karen Cornthwaite

    This looks delicious. I was just wondering if you use fresh tortellini or the boxed kind and also how much cooking sherry. I didn’t see that in the recipe.

    1. Oops, you’re right, I forgot the cooking sherry in the ingredients! That’s exactly why I don’t get rid of my notes 🙂 It’s 1/4 cup of cooking sherry. I will update that now, too. And I use the bag of frozen tortellini.

  4. 5 stars
    One pot meals are great although I rarely make them myself. I need to give this a try as it would make a nice quick, easy, and yummy dish for the kids after school.

  5. I’m a big fan of one-pan recipes, notoriously we end up filling up our whole dishwasher with stuff from one meal. Love a good pasta dish as well x

  6. 5 stars
    I love tortellini! This looks so delicious and easy to make…a perfect weeknight meal for the family and delicious leftovers for lunch the next day!

    1. No, with this recipe I don’t. The cheese still gets warm inside but it leaves the outside a bit more crispy instead of soft which goes great with the crunch of the broccoli.

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