Tortellini Primavera is an easy and fast weeknight recipe with veggies and cheese. Use whatever veggies you have on hand or substitute frozen vegetables. Healthy and delicious, you are going to love this one pot dinner.

tortellini with veggies and parmesan cheese on top in a white bowl.

Tortellini Primavera is a quick and easy weeknight meal that is healthy and packed full of veggies and flavor. Put together in minutes, this recipe is great to have on hand for busy nights.

For another quick weeknight meal, be sure to try my Lemon Ricotta Pasta with a simple no-cook sauce!

close up of tortellini with carrots, peas, and broccoli in a white plate.

Kids and adults will both love Tortellini Primavera. And it’s packed full of veggies so no need to make a side dish. Substitute frozen veggies for fresh and use whatever flavor of tortellini you like. Also, you can substitute whatever fresh herb you like or omit it all together.

How to Make Tortellini Primavera

This simple one pot dish comes together in 15 minutes, making it perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

Firstly, start by boiling the tortellini and veggies. In a large pot like a Dutch Oven, bring water to a boil. Add in the tortellini and veggies. I like to use the cheese tortellini from Costco that you can get the refrigerator section. And by adding the veggies to the boiling pasta water makes for a truly easy prep.

boiling pot of water with pasta and vegetables in it.

Moreover, veggies for this dish can vary. Thus, you could use whatever fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand like snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, corn kernels, carrots, or squash.

Next, drain the pasta and veggies, reserving about a half cup of pasta water. Return the pot to the stove to make the sauce.

Parmesan Cheese Sauce

I love that this simple parmesan cheese sauce really perks up the pasta and veggies without weighing them down. Firstly, melt the butter and add in the flour and garlic to cook until lightly browned.

butter, flour, and garlic rue for the sauce.

Whisk in the chicken broth, cheese, and thyme; and that’s it for the sauce.

sauce with butter, parmesan, and thyme in a pot.

Lastly, salt and pepper to taste and add in the pasta and veggies. Toss to combine and you are done!

pot of tortellini primavera with a wooden spoon in it.

Check out another easy weeknight baked pasta with my Baked Ravioli with Chicken and Broccoli.

tortellini primavera in a white dish with a checkered napkin in the background.
tortellini with veggies and parmesan cheese on top in a white bowl.

Tortellini Primavera with Veggies and Parmesan

This creamy tortellini and veggies is great for kids and adults alike. Use whatever veggies you have one hand. To make even quicker, substitute frozen veggies for fresh. 
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 586kcal
Cost: 12


  • 1 ½ pounds cheese tortellini
  • 5 cups mixed veggies, cut up such as carrots, broccoli, snap peas, or cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 14 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add in the tortellini and veggies. Cook for 4-5 minutes until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of cooking liquid, and set aside.
  • Return the pot to the stove and heat butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add in the broth and bring mixture to simmer. Turn off heat and stir in cheese and thyme until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Pour the veggies and tortellini into the cheese sauce. Toss to combine adding reserved cooking liquid if needed. Top with shredded parmesan cheese (optional). 


Substitute a 16 ounce bag of frozen veggies instead of fresh. You can also use whatever flavor of tortellini or fresh herbs you like. 


Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 857mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 8076IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 354mg | Iron: 5mg
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Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    loved it. The simplicity of making something so delicious amazes me.
    Thank you for the recipe. I too made it with carrots, broccoli, and peas.

  2. 5 stars
    I was looking for a quick and healthy meal to make after a long day of work. This was delicious!! The sauce was perfect! I will definitely be making it again!!

  3. 5 stars
    I found this recipe via Pinterest and made it the other day. The method was fantastic! The family loved all the flavors of the veggies and the sauce. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

    Have a wonderful day
    Heidy L. McCallum

  4. 5 stars
    Yes to this easy recipe! We love a simple weeknight meal at our household, especially when it tastes this good!