Tortellini With Balsamic Brown Butter

November 23, 2009 by Ali

Some people have shelves full of cookbooks in their house. Others have piles and files of recipes clipped from magazines. Me? I have ne-ver-end-ing columns of recipes bookmarked on my laptop!! Seriously — my columns in my Firefox bookmarks are so long you have to scroll through them. My oh my. :)

So this week, decided to revisit some of my original favorites and bring them to life! First up was this quick, delicious-sounding brown butter pasta recipe that I’d bookmarked from Miss “Everyday Italian” herself. The short, common list of ingredients had caught my eye months ago, and the raving reviews made it sound even better!

Thus, I gave it a try today — substituting in tortellini instead of ravioli — and was completely impressed! (This comes as no surprise, being that I heart Giada’s recipes!!) The balsamic brown butter sauce was a total delight, full of wonderfully complementary flavors. And then the extra crunch of the nuts mixed with the soft, cheesy tortellini was absolutely perfect. I only had cheese tortellini on hand, but next time will definitely try mixing it up with some other flavors/varieties of tortellini or ravioli.

Definitely a fantastic option for a quick, inexpensive, yet classy dinner!!

Tortellini With Balsamic Brown Butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 cups


  • 18 to 20 ounces store-bought tortellini or ravioli (pick your favorite flavor!)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup toasted, chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or pine nuts)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the tortellini and cook according to package instructions (generally about 2-3 minutes until tender, but still firm to the bite), stirring occasionally. Drain the tortellini.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the foam subsides, and the butter begins to turn a golden brown (and begins to give off a nutty aroma) turn off the heat and remove from the burner. Let cool for about 1 minute. Then gradually (and very carefully!) stir in the balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Transfer the ravioli to the pan saucepan with the balsamic brown butter and gently stir until combined. Sprinkle nuts and Parmesan over the top. Serve immediately.

Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to of course add any favorite cooked meats or veggies to this dish as well! Mushrooms and/or sausage come to mind as fun, easy ideas…

filed in Cheese, Entrees, Pastas

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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13 thoughts on “Tortellini With Balsamic Brown Butter

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  2. This was excellent! Trying to make it again tonight but don’t have the Parmesan. LOVE LOVE LOVE

    - Lucy

  3. We liked this for four reasons: 1) it’s easy; 2) it’s fancy-looking; 3) it’s kid-friendly; and 4) it’s delicious!

    - Liz

  4. I just finished making these and they were DELICIOUS! The sauce and pecans perfectly complimented my pumpkin tortellini! I’d certainly make it again.

    - Bryan

  5. Never used vinegar in such kind of a pasta dish. Sounds intriguing. I do love parmesan and nuts on it though. I must try this recipe to make a change.

    - zerrin

  6. this is amazing with a little bit of chopped fresh basil

    - Beth

  7. This was so easy I thought I did it wrong, but it was so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe! (I bookmarked it : )

    - Kate

  8. Loved this dish!! I have 3 kids (8, 7, 3) and everyone ate it!! Amazing! It reminded us a lot of the spaghetti w/ mizithra at the Old Spag Fact, which everyone likes….my only thought is that it could use a meat (ie chicken) to go w/ to make it a bit heartier for dinner…can you make any suggestions on how to prepare it to maybe fold it in w/ the browned butter, etc? Thanks!!

    - Lauren

  9. This looks so delightfully easy and totally yummy. this will be made very soon!

    - Kimberly

  10. I´m making this for lunch tomorrow! I´ll let you know how it goes!

    - Ellen

  11. Yum… The Balsamic brown butter sounds fabulous.

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  12. This looks delicious! I think I shall add it to my neverending list of bookmarked recipes. :)

    - Lindsay