Posted: Dec 30, 2013 6:00 AM
This vegetarian meal is one that can be thrown together when your spouse's boss makes a last-minute dinnertime appearance. Store-bought cheese tortellini is tossed with a white wine, garlic, thyme and mushroom sauce.

Everyone needs a few meals in their cooking arsenal that use simple ingredients, but produce something that makes you look like a star cook at a moment's notice. Some store-bought ingredients, such as cheese tortellini, can be stored in the freezer and used at the last minute to pull together an impressive meal.

In this meal, the cheese-filled pasta is paired with sautéed mushrooms and a simple sauce that is made from olive oil, garlic, white wine and fresh thyme. If you want something even more substantial and protein-packed, stir in some cooked chicken, shrimp or pork. It's a great way to use up leftovers.

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Tortellini with mushroom thyme sauce

Serves 4 to 6


  • 16 ounces cheese tortellini
  • 3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces crimini (Baby Bella) mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese + more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Cook the cheese tortellini according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Transfer to a bowl and reserve for later.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the wine and thyme and simmer for 4 minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan (without the accumulated juices), along with the tortellini, parsley, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese.

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