Tasty Oven Pan Fried Tortellini and Broccoli

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Pan Fried Tortellini and Broccoli is a simple, yet incredibly delicious, one pan dinner that’s ready in only 20 minutes. It’s a simple family-friendly meatless Monday recipe great for busy parents and hungry kids! Tortellini is pan fried in butter and tossed with sauteed broccoli, garlic and red onions. Drizzle with olive oil and top with Parmesan cheese for a complete and nutritious five-star meal!

pan fried tortellini and broccoli in a white bowl

pan fried tortellini: one pot meal in 20 minutes!

This week’s mission: end each day with as few dirty dishes, pots, and pans as possible.

Why? Christmas is only 19 days away. 19. There are holiday cards to address, presents to buy, presents to wrap, decorations to put up. Plus my daughter’s birthday party is this weekend so there’s that to prepare for. Throw in a teething baby who won’t let me put her down, and the last thing I want to do at the end of the day is stand over a sink piled high with dishes.

That meant as many one-pot, one-pan, one-plate meals as I could think of.

I should really say “pasta meals” since that’s the only thing that seems to get eaten in my house these days.

How could I make a one-pot pasta meal, in less than 30 minutes, without waiting half that time just for the water to boil? Read on to find out!

pan fried tortellini in a wok next to broccoli sauteed with onions and garlic

how to make pan fried tortellini and broccoli

When we hear “fried”, we think crispy-breaded, submerged in oil and grease. When we hear “pasta” we think soft and tender, a perfect chewy texture.

Pan fried tortellini is a perfect combination of both: lightly crisp on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside. And because it’s sauteed in butter rather than submerged in vegetable oil, it’s healthier compared to traditional frying.

I had seen other pan fried recipes before. Their strategy for getting perfectly crisp tortellini was arranging them in a single layer on a griddle or large pan and cooking til golden brown. Then flipping each one individually and cooking that side til golden brown. When that batch was done, they moved on to the next batch. That was way too much work for me!

I wanted to see if I could dump an entire bag of frozen tortellini in a large wok, not in a single layer, and still get that crispy golden brown outside and soft inside.

pan fried tortellini in a large white bowl

The answer: yes you can!

Look at how perfect these pan fried tortellini came out. The best part? The entire meal was ready in TWENTY minutes! 20!

ingredients

To make this pan fried tortellini and broccoli you need:

  • tortellini + butter for frying
  • fresh broccoli + olive oil for sauteing
  • mashed garlic
  • diced red onions
  • salt + pepper
  • Parmesan
pan fried tortellini in a large white bowl with a spoon

I find pan fried tortellini to be best when cooked in butter, drizzled with olive oil, and then tossed with salt and pepper. Of course, you can’t forget to sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, because no pasta is complete without it. These light and simple ingredients really let the cheesy flavor of the tortellini shine.

cooking instructions

My method is really simple and requires only 1 large pan or wok. How can you get this gorgeous pasta meal on the table for your family in just 20 minutes?

First, saute the broccoli and red onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes, tossing a few times. I chop the broccoli on the small side so that it cooks faster. While the broccoli cooks, mash the garlic (with the salt so that it doesn’t fly out), and then add to the wok, cooking for another minute of so.

sauteed broccoli, onions, and garlic

Then remove the broccoli/onions/garlic to your serving dish and add butter to the wok. Add the tortellini and cook for 5-7 minutes, tossing a few times so all sides become golden brown and crispy. It’s okay if not all sides are golden. Mine weren’t and they were still deliciously crisp.

pan fried tortellini in a white bowl

Last, toss the tortellini with the broccoli mix and season with salt and pepper if desired.

pan fried tortellini and broccoli in a wok

Once in individual bowls, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan.

pan fried tortellini and broccoli in a white serving dish

kid-friendly pan fried tortellini

As hard as I try to get my kids to eat their vegetables every day, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. While this pan fried tortellini and broccoli is already kid-friendly, I still had to remove all the broccoli before my daughter would eat it. The onions and garlic are light enough that they likely won’t be bothersome to kids. And, the broccoli becomes tender enough for little mouths to handle chewing (if they’ll eat it!).

You can also easily substitute other vegetables your family loves for the broccoli. Zucchini, asparagus, spinach, winter squash, and cauliflower would all work great without changing cooking time.

pan fried tortellini and broccoli in a white bowl
4.5 from 2 votes

Pan Fried Tortellini and Broccoli

Pan Fried Tortellini and Broccoli is a simple, yet incredibly delicious, one pan dinner that’s ready in only 20 minutes. It’s a simple family-friendly meatless Monday recipe great for busy parents and hungry kids! Tortellini is pan fried in butter and tossed with sauteed broccoli, garlic, red onions,. Drizzle with olive oil and top with Parmesan cheese for a complete and nutritious five-star meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute dinner, one pot meals, pasta bowl
Yield: 4 people
Calories: 355kcal
Author: Kristina

Materials

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 large head of broccoli
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 6 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 24 oz frozen tortellini
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  • In a large wok or pan, saute broccoli and red onions in oil for 5 minutes, mixing a few times until broccoli is tender
  • While broccoli and onions cook, crush garlic in salt. Add to wok and cook 2 more minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from wok. Add butter and melt.
  • Add tortellini and fry for 5-7 minutes, tossing occasionally. Tortellini will be golden brown on most sides when done.
  • Toss tortellini with broccoli mix. Add pepper and season with additional salt if desired.
  • Once in individual serving bowls, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal
parmesan topped tortellini and broccoli one pot meal

storing + reheating

This meal keeps well in the fridge for about a week. It reheats in the microwave well too, without causing the tortellini to lose much of their crispiness.