Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini with Cream

Tortellini with Cream Sauce

I LOVE pasta. I will always LOVE pasta; so thank goodness there are so many different types of pastas to satisfy my pasta addiction and that I have 3 bambinos to run around after to work it off! LOL.

Tortellini is such a fun pasta. It is its own small, sweet, delicious little package – just waiting for you to open it and discover what’s inside. You can stuff it with a myriad of fillings and the toppings are just as varied. For this recipe I chose a very traditional spinach and ricotta with cream sauce.

I like to saute’ the spinach (with garlic of course) to flavor it. You HAVE to strain the spinach afterwards to remove all the liquid. You don’t want excess liquid. When making your cream sauce, taste as you go, the sour cream will make it very acidic so go lightly on that. Find your balance. If you want your sauce thicker just add more Parmigiano Reggiano (remember quality ingredients make quality food. So splurge on the real deal). These freeze beautifully as well. Just flash freeze them on a baking sheet first & then put them into a freezer bag for the next time you’ve got a pasta craving. Using the wonton wrappers is a quick & convenient alternative if you don’t have time to make your own dough & yes, you can rest easy there will be many more variations of this recipe to come!


Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini with Cream Sauce


  • 1 large package fresh spinach
  • 1 package wonton wrappers
  • 1 small container of whole ricotta cheese
  • 1 clove fresh pressed garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese – grated
  • salt/pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • {Cream Sauce}
  • 1 small container sour cream
  • 1 small container heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese – grated


  1. In a medium size pan over medium heat add a few turns of olive oil to the pan. Add garlic and stir. Add spinach. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking until wilted.
  2. Transfer spinach to strainer to remove all liquid.
  3. While this is straining, place a large pasta pot filled with generously salted water to boil.
  4. In a bowl, add strained spinach and half of ricotta cheese. Stir to combine. Season with salt/pepper to taste.
  5. Grate 1/4 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano over spinach mixture. Mix to combine.
  6. To assemble Tortellini: Place a small dollop of spinach mixture in center of wrapper. Moisten the edges with water. Fold the wrapper into a triangle. Pressing down to remove all air & seal well. Fold the two sides into each other and secure with water (see Ginger Pork Dumplings for step by step diagram). Continue until all wrappers are assembled.
  7. To make cream sauce: In a small saute pan over medium-low heat, add heavy whipping cream and half of sour cream. Stir. Add in 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Stir and cook until thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. To cook Tortellini: Place Tortellini into gently boiling water. Be careful not to crowd the pot. You will have to do multiple batches. Cook roughly 4-5 minutes until Tortellini rises to the top. Remove Tortellini from water, strain and place into cream sauce.
  9. Garnish with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and pepper.



  1. 1

    My mouth is watering just reading your post. In craving pasta now!

  2. 2

    Awesome recipe! I need to give this a try in the next couple days.


  3. 3

    These tortellini are just lovely! Yum!

  4. 4

    Looks delicious! I haven’t experimented much with different types of pasta… one of these days. 🙂

  5. 5

    Looks delicious. I am excited to try this recipe as well as the dumplings. I wish I had found your blog before the Hardwood Homemade stoneware contest. Those pieces are excellent.

    -The Food Monster

  6. 6

    Beautiful blog you’ve got here, Paula … and this tortellini looks gorgeous too! Love that luscious cream sauce … drool!

  7. 7
    Ansley (paula's daughter) /

    Hey Mom, I had sooo much fun making the tortellini, it was so simple to make, but so delicious to taste!

  8. 8

    This looks divine! What a lovely cream sauce and a perfect match for the Spinach tortellini!

  9. 9

    Gorgeous photo! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  10. 10

    Terrific recipe and I must say this is one of the cutest blogs I’ve seen. I LOVE it and I’m following you from now on!

  11. 11

    MMMMMMMMMMMM….these tortellini look so TASTY!!! I think you have a COOL foodblog!!! Bye!

  12. 12

    I can’t wait to try this.

  13. 13

    Oh my goodness! I was just referred to your blog when I asked a friend if tortellini could be made with wontons…great blog….great recipes! 🙂


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