This Shrimp and Spinach Tortellini Alfredo is as fun to make as it is to eat. If you are a fan of both cheese filled tortellini and seafood, then this recipe is the one for you. It is delicious and fortunately it also has a quick prep and cook time. So, if you are really hungry, there is no need to fret; because you will be eating just a few moments after the tortellini is finished boiling.
This meal all begins with freshly boiled cheese stuffed tortellini. The package of tortellini that I use calls for me to generously salt my water and boil the tortellini in it for 4-5 minutes. This boiling time is quick. Each element of this dish only takes a few minutes to cook. From start to finish, you should be eating in no more than 20 minutes. That sounds appealing, right?
Why Use Tortellini?
It is a nice surprise to bite into a piece of pasta and taste the delicious filling. I have made this dish before with different types of tortellini from meat filled to spinach and cheese. I also just love tortellini because I find them to be so cute. This petite and plump pasta makes any dish look pretty and unique and can turn a basic dish into something more flavorful with whatever it is filled with.
You are certainly welcome to make your Alfredo sauce from scratch. For the night I made this recipe, to save time, I did not make it from scratch. Instead, I used a jar of creamy Alfredo sauce and seasoned it to my liking with pinches of garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. These additional seasonings helped the sauce to pop and worked nicely with the cheese filled tortellini, shrimp and spinach. Now, when you are simmering the sauce, do not be alarmed as this may look like a lot of sauce. Keep in mind that the sauce seeps into the tortellini, so enough is needed to coat the outside and the inside filling.
I love using shrimp for this meal because it is a lighter protein. The texture of it also goes perfectly with the chewy cheese filled tortellini. The shrimp is also nice to use because it is easy to cook. The shrimp’s cooking time should take no longer than 3 minutes on each side when cooked over medium heat.
For serving, once everything is cooked, serve this pasta in either a bowl or on a plate with a breadstick. I love serving mine with garlic and herb breadsticks that I buy from my local market. It sets off the dish perfectly.
I hope you find this dish easy and enjoyable to make and eat!