Tortellini with Mushrooms and Tomato

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 40m

Makes 2 servings


  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/4 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 12 ounces ripe plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces tortellini (meat or cheese)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh Italian parsley


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Combine 1/3 cup boiling water and the porcini mushrooms in a small bowl. Let stand until the mushrooms soften, about 10 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the soaking liquid. Squeeze any excess liquid from the mushroom into the remaining soaking liquid. Reserve the liquid. Finely chop the mushrooms.

To peel the tomatoes, make a small x with the tip of a knife in the bottom side of the tomatoes. Plunge the tomatoes into boiling water for 30 seconds. Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of ice water. Gently peel back the skin from the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds if the tomatoes are really juicy, strain the seeds and save the juice to add to the sauce. Dice the tomatoes.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet set over high heat. Add the button mushrooms and saute until tender and brown, about 4 minutes. Add the chopped porcini mushrooms and 3 tablespoons reserved soaking liquid. Cook until the liquid is almost evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Simmer to blend flavors, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, add salt to the boiling water. Add the tortellini to the boiling salted water and cook until tender but not mushy. Drain the tortellini and add them to the sauce. Toss with the minced parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to warm bowls and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.

RecID 3480

nutrition information per serving

386 calories; 23g total fat; 143mg cholesterol; 280mg sodium; 29g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 17g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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