Italian Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus

Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus Sauce
Italian Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus topped with Shredded Parmesan and Chopped Parsley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Italian Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus. What’s better than a homey pasta dish? This is a super easy recipe with a little veggie chopping but well worth it. You can use my Easy Au Jus recipe or a can of your favorite broth.

Pesto Tortellini with Parmesan
Shredded Parmesan tops Italian Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus (Photo Credit: Adroit ideals)

Trader Joe’s sells some cool products. One of my faves is their pesto-filled dried tortellini. The pesto filling adds a bit of depth to the usual cheese tortellini. I buy a lot of the Trader Joe’s pastas as they’re good quality and fairly inexpensive.

Trader Joe's Tortellini with Pesto Filling
Trader Joe’s brand Italian Tortellini with Pesto Filling (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

How to start? Cook the Trader Joe’s pesto filled tortellini according the package directions.

Cook the tortellini
Cook the tortellini (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

While the tortellini is cooking, make the Easy Au Jus sauce (see link to recipe below) and set aside. You can make the Easy Au Jus in a large batch and freeze it in smaller containers for future weeknight meals.

Heat some butter and olive oil in a chef’s pan.

Heat olive oil and butter in a pan
Heat some olive oil and butter in a chef’s pan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Finely dice some onion, celery and carrot.

Finely dice onion, celery, and carrot
Finely dice onion, celery, and carrot (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Cook the finely diced onion, celery and carrot in the butter and olive oil. Add some finely chopped diced tomatoes and a bit of their juice. Cook until the juices have reduced somewhat.

Saute onion, carrot, celery and add chopped tomatoes
Saute the onion, carrot, celery and then add some chopped tomatoes with a bit of their juice (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Now add some au jus sauce to the pan. Simmer until the sauce reduces a bit.

Add Easy Au Jus to mixture
Add some Easy Au Jus to the vegetables (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the cooked drained tortellini to the sauce and warm through. Finish the dish by stirring in a pat of butter and seasoning with some salt.

Add tortellini and pat of butter
Add the cooked tortellini and a pat of butter to the vegetable au jus sauce and stir to combine (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Serve my Italian Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus in bowls.

Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus
Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus sauce with a sprinkling of finely chopped Italian Parsley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Garnish with shredded Parmesan and finely chopped Italian parsley. Offer with some crusty garlic bread.

Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus Sauce
Italian Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus topped with Shredded Parmesan and Chopped Parsley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Italian Pesto Tortellini in Easy Au Jus

Ingredients:

1 c pesto filled tortellini (Trader Joe’s sells a tasty dry version), cooked according to directions on package, then drained
1 T unsalted butter
1 T olive oil
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 rib celery, thinly sliced
1 c diced tomatoes, chopped to make the pieces smaller
juice from the diced tomatoes
2 c Easy Au Jus sauce
2 T unsalted butter
salt, to taste
2 T shredded parmesan
1 T finely chopped Italian parsley, for garnish

Method:

1. If you have not made my Easy Au Jus sauce, you should do that first.
2. Cook the tortellini according to package directions while you prepare the sauce for the tortellini. Drain the tortellini and set aside.
3. Melt the butter in the olive oil in a Chef’s pan over low heat.
4. Saute the onion, carrot, and celery until the vegetables are translucent and soft. Do not brown them.
5. Add the chopped diced tomatoes and their juice to the vegetables. Saute a few minutes, stirring.
6. Pour in the au jus sauce. Simmer on medium-low heat until the sauce reduces a bit.
7. Add the drained cooked tortellini and warm through.
8. Stir in the unsalted butter to thicken the sauce. Season with a pinch of salt.
9. Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with the shredded Parmesan and chopped parsley.
10. And serve!

Makes two servings as a main course or four servings as a pasta course. Offer with crusty bread and a Caesar salad.

Variations: Add some diced cooked shredded beef or chicken and warm through before serving. Substitute vegetable broth for the easy au jus sauce for a vegetarian option. Add some other vegetables such as finely diced mushroom and bell pepper.

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