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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1 Review

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.