Browned Butter Tortellini

This is one of my go-to meals after a long day. It’s super easy and is can be ready in less than 30 minutes. This recipe is adapted from a Pampered Chef recipe for tortellini and is a family size version of that recipe. Makes 6-8 large portions.

Browned Butter tortellini family size recipe


1 extra large package (24 oz) of tortellini (I like to use the 7 cheese tortellini from Costco)

1 ham steak or 1 pound fully cooked ham portion, such as Cure 81

1-2 red bell peppers, diced small

1 1/2 cubes butter

2 bags pre-washed baby spinach

grated parmesan or Romano cheese for garnish


  1. Boil tortellini in salted water according to package directions.
  2. Dice bell pepper and dice ham, set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large (12″) skillet over medium heat. Cook and swirl butter in the skillet until melted and butter begins to turn slightly brown.
  4. Add bell pepper to butter and saute until it begins to become tender, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add ham to skillet to heat through. Add spinach.
  6. Drain pasta well and add to skillet. Stir and allow spinach to wilt and flavors to combine, 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve with sprinkling of grated parmesan or Romano cheese.


This is a very versatile method, just a pasta, a fully cooked meat and a vegetable cooked in a skillet.

  • Cheese ravioli, or small shaped pasta (rotini, bow-tie, etc.) can be used in place of tortellini
  • Ham can be replaced with other fully cooked meats, such as chicken sausage. Slice sausage into rounds.
  • Other vegetables such as broccoli or green beans can be used in place of the spinach.
  • Olive oil can be used in place of butter. Just heat up and continue with recipe.



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