This easy vegetarian tortellini skillet recipe is packed with plenty of fresh vegetables for a hearty and healthy dinner. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal, this dish comes together in just 30 minutes!

Tortellini Skillet
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I love incorporating tortellini into my meals because it adds a rich, cheesy flavor that pairs perfectly with a variety of vegetables. Using frozen or refrigerated cheese tortellini is an easy shortcut to a satisfying meal. By adding a mix of colorful veggies, we create a well-rounded dish filled with fiber and nutrients. This recipe is versatile, so feel free to swap in any veggies you have on hand. It’s also a fantastic option for meal prepping!

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Cheese tortellini– I use frozen or refrigerated cheese tortellini. You can also use spinach tortellini for a different flavor. Kite Hill makes a great vegan option if you wanted to make this recipe dairy-free.
  • Olive oil– This helps sauté the vegetables and adds a rich flavor. If you prefer, you can use avocado oil or canola oil instead.
  • Garlic– Freshly minced garlic adds depth to the dish. Garlic powder or garlic paste can be used if fresh garlic isn’t available.
  • Onion– Finely chopped onion provides a savory base. You can substitute with shallots or red onion for a slightly different flavor.
  • Bell pepper– I love a sweet red or orange bell pepper, but any color bell pepper works well in this recipe.
  • Zucchini– Adds a mild, fresh flavor and pairs well with the other vegetables. You could substitute with yellow squash.
  • Italian seasoning– This classic blend of herbs adds lots of Italian flavor. Feel free to use individual herbs like oregano, basil, and thyme if you don’t have a blend.
  • Cherry tomatoes: These add a juicy burst of flavor. You can substitute with grape tomatoes or diced regular tomatoes if needed.
  • Spinach– Baby spinach leaves add a touch of green and a nutrient boost. Kale or Swiss chard can be used as alternatives, just be sure to remove the stems.
  • Marinara sauce– A rich, tomato-based sauce ties the dish together. Use your favorite store-bought sauce or homemade marinara sauce.
  • Parmesan cheese– Adds a savory, umami flavor. For a vegan option, you can use nutritional yeast or skip it altogether.

The Best Storebought Tortellini

You can use fresh or frozen tortellini for this recipe. I recommend using cheese tortellini, but you could also use mushroom or any other vegetarian tortellini. I typically use the Buitoni brand, which you can often find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. But you can also use shelf-stable brands like the Archer Farms brand from Target.

How to Make Vegetarian Tortellini Skillet