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Three Cheese and Sweet Potato Barilla® Tortellini Recipe

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With the holidays just over a week away we’ve been extremely busy getting ready for guests. The thing about hosting holiday meals is that you can never please everyone with the menu but you can offer plenty of dishes your guests will enjoy.

Some of the best dishes are fresh and simple and yet still have that homemade touch and that’s why pasta dishes are an easy go to this season. We shopped at our local Vons store for Barilla® Tortellini. With a few simple seasonal flavors I easily created a flavorful and festive dish.

Three Cheese and Sweet Potato Barilla® Tortellini Recipe


  • 1 package Barilla® Three-Cheese Tortellini
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TBSP fresh chopped basil
  • 1 TBSP chopped shallot
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped sweet potato
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 TBSP butter

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Just because you are creating a holiday meal doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. Side dishes are often best served freshly made and this dish can easily be made before guests arrive.

By following the directions on the Tortellini I started by boiling my main ingredient. While you’re allowing that to come to a boil and cook you can start by sauteing your sweet potatoes in 2 TBSP of butter and your fresh basil.

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Once the Tortellini is cooked you will want to mix together the cheese, 1 TBSP butter and the heavy cream. Simply combine with the cooked Barilla® Tortellini.

Delight your guests by serving the pasta in mini pumpkins, or squash. To make the squash stand up I sliced the bottoms creating a flat surface. Cut off the tops and hollow the squash out for serving.

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Fill with your Three Cheese and Sweet Potato Barilla® Tortellini and serve warm, you could also place these in a 200 degree oven to keep warm. The squash will just add to the flavor so don’t be afraid of letting them warm for an hour.

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Right now at Vons you can get $.75 off the purchase of ONE (1) package of Barilla® Tortellini in stores so be sure to stop by to save!

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  1. Heather Hayes Panjon on January 18, 2014 at 3:29 am

    This Looks Delicious, I’ll Be Trying This With My Family Very Soon. Thanks For Sharing.

  2. Kristin on January 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks for all the positive comments! Always fun to put food into food!

  3. Amanda Roberts on January 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Very festive and cute! And Barilla pasta is my fav!

  4. Richard Hicks on January 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    This looks great and appetizing too. Want to try this when I get a chance

  5. Allison Downes on January 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    This looks so creative and delicious! I love how you served it in hollowed out squash bowls. Such a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

  6. shaunie on December 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Not what I first envisioned. Thought that I wouldnt like the combination but i love it. This is great festive for fall and great for winter too. Pasta looks delicious as well

  7. Sarah L on December 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    What an attractive and yummy looking dish. Good ingredients, I like the fresh basil.

  8. Richard Hicks on December 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Something I want to try very soon. Sweet potatoes are so tasty and healthy too

  9. joni on December 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Great idea and so nice on the dinner table.

  10. Mer on December 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    What a creative serving idea! Tortellini is such a great easy dinner, and this is a wonderful way to fancy it up a bit without adding too much extra work.

  11. Mitch on December 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    This not only looks delicious, your pictorial is wonderful as well!

  12. mrsshukra on December 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    What an exciting and healthy recipe, thanks!

  13. Janet W. on December 20, 2013 at 4:48 am

    This looks delicious! I think my family would really enjoy it.

  14. Rust on December 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Oh my gosh! This sounds wonderful! Love the tortellini addition.

  15. Laura J on December 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Oh wow! That sounds so good and looks so cute! That would be so cute to serve for the holidays! I love tortellini! Cant wait to try it with my family!

  16. stephanie on December 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

    i have never had anything like this before. looks good

  17. ellen beck on December 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Thats really cute in the little pumpkins! I wonder if you could bake the pumpkins all the way and have them almost like a bread bowl? I like both pumpkin and sweet potatoes and try to serve it often in the winter.

  18. Jean on December 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    This looks delicious and so easy! I love it when you can take a “convenience” food like refrigerated pasta and add nutrition by throwing in some fresh vegetables and herbs. Makes weeknight dinners much easier for busy families.

  19. Andrina G on December 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I love pasta but haven’t ever tried tortellini. I pinned this.

  20. Lisa Brown on December 18, 2013 at 4:03 am

    wow, nice…very creative way to serve one of my favorite pastas.