Cheese Tortellini and Ravioli with Garlic Brown Butter

Cheese Tortellini and Ravioli with Garlic Brown Butter

What to make when the groceries are running low and the pantry staples just aren’t speaking to me?  I had half a bag of frozen ravioli and half a bag of frozen tortellini.  Neither was enough to feed my family of four, but together?  I could make this work.

We do not eat a lot of  spaghetti sauce in our house.  We like it about once a month or so but I had no diced tomatoes or canned sauce to make a fresh sauce and I didn’t really want to take the time to do it right.  What to do, what to do.

Brown butter!  It’s easy and with garlic it should be good.


This was a hit.  Even my ricotta hating son ate his gluten-free ravioli without complaints.  Usually every other word out of his mouth is how much he hates ravioli or tortellini but not tonight.

The brown butter with garlic was flavorful and added a great new layer to the frozen tortellini and ravioli.  A sprinkle of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese over the top added great flavor to the whole dish.  I wished the picture showed the lovely brown color of the butter better it was amazing!

This was so easy we will be adding it to our weekend dishes again soon.

I served this with a spinach side salad and steamed broccoli.


  • 1 lb. of your favorite tortellini or ravioli, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 cup of butter (not margarine)
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • freshly shredded Parmesan Cheese, for topping


  1. While ravioli and tortellini are cooking start browning your butter.
  2. Cut butter into 1 TBSP sized cubes.  Add garlic to pan.
  3. In a medium LIGHT colored sauce pan (if the saucepan is dark coated you will not be able to see the color of the butter and it may burn) over medium heat begin toasting the garlic stirring constantly.  Begin melting the butter after 1-2 minutes.
  4. As the butter is melting stir constantly.  Butter will start to bubble and have a milky foam.
  5. Stir constantly to keep it browning evenly!   Foam will start to subside and it will turn a toasty brown color.  Take it off the heat now and pour into a bowl to keep from cooking longer.  Butter will burn and taste like coal if overcooked!
  6. Pour sauce over cooked ravioli and tortellini.  Add a TBSP of freshly shredded Parmesan Cheese to the top before serving.

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