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Tortellini in a white bowl topped with parmesan cheese.

Creamy Pea & Pesto Tortellini

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian-American


This quick and delicious chicken pesto tortellini recipe is perfect for busy weeknights.


  • 10 oz. fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • (optional) extra fresh basil leaves, for garnish


  1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions in very salty water. Drain and set aside.
  2. Return the empty pasta pot to the stove and heat peas, pesto, and chicken over medium heat until warmed through, about 3 minutes.
  3. Return pasta to pot, add heavy cream, and toss to combine sauce and coat tortellini. Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary.
  4. Top finished pasta with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil (optional) and serve immediately.


Use any pesto you like for this recipe - a traditional basil pesto, pea pesto, arugula pesto, or cilantro pesto are all great choices.

Eliminate the chicken to make this a vegetarian dish. You could also substitute grilled shrimp or Italian sausage to switch up the protein.

Keywords: pasta, tortellini, alfredo, comfort food