Weeknight Cooking

Tortellini With Mortadella & Peas

June 17, 2022
4 Ratings
Photo by MJ Kroeger. Prop Stylist: Sophia Pappas. Food Stylist: Kate Buckens.
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Ham and peas but make it mortadella. —Ali Slagle

Test Kitchen Notes

Recipe reprinted with permission from I Dream of Dinner (So You Don't Have To) (‎Penguin Random House, February 2022). —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted pistachios
  • 4 ounces sliced mortadella
  • 1/2 cup (1 ounce) Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 16 to 20 ounces fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) frozen peas
  1. Cut the butter into small pieces and stick it back in the fridge. Coarsely chop pistachios. Cut mortadella into 1/2-inch pieces. Finely grate Parmesan.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, toast the pistachios in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium, stirring occasionally, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Zest lemon over the nuts and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat another tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet over medium. Add fresh cheese tortellini in a single layer and cook, untouched, until golden brown underneath, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock, frozen peas, and the mortadella. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until the peas and pasta are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the butter along the edges of the pan and stir until melted, about 1 minute. Add the Parmesan, stirring until meted. Off the heat, stir in the juice of half the lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons). Season to taste with salt and pepper, then top with pistachios and more Parm.

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2 Reviews

Humberto C. February 9, 2024
Nichola P. August 19, 2022
Delicious, actually. If you toast your pistachios in the main skillet then add your lemon zest etc. and set to one side, this is a one pan meal which comes together in about 20 minutes. Super tasty. No boiling water for pasta. Fantastic.