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Cheese Tortellini with Tomato Sauce

Serves 3 to 4

There are some store-bought tortellini that are very good. Choose your favorite brand, then try it with this easy tomato sauce for a quick and delicious Italian main dish on a busy weeknight. If the pasta is sold in a different weight, it is not necessary to adjust the amount of sauce in the recipe as long as it is close to one pound.


Heat a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, then the onions and carrots; sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add tomatoes, wine, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until tomatoes have broken down and liquid has reduced, about 20 minutes. Remove lid and continue to cook until desired thickness, but not too thick. Taste for seasoning.

Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions for al dente. Drain; add to sauce and cook for about 1 minute, stirring to combine. Serve immediately, passing the grated cheese separately.