Mmm... pesto steak tortellini. This recipe is sure to make the whole family happy at the dinner table! And it can be made vegetarian!
Fresh pasta is my kryptonite. I love it, can't get enough of it, and filled pastas are most definitely my weakness.
If you've watched any of my Instagram stories, you know I do a lot of #FastLunch videos. These are short clips of tasty meals I make for lunch since I work from home. The meals are fresh, and take less than 30 minutes to make. Many of the meals can be made for dinners too!
Recently, I did a series of Fast Lunch videos featuring one of my favorite not-so-secret fast, wholesome meal weapons: Buitoni pastas and sauces.
Steak Pesto Tortellini Ingredients
For this recipe, I used Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini and Buitoni Pesto with Basil.
Here's what they look like in their packaging so you know what to look for in your grocery store:
Simple, fresh ingredients that, when combined, create a delicious, fast, wholesome meal the whole family can enjoy!
Fast and Fabulous Family Dinner
I'm not going to hold back: I could eat this entire pesto steak recipe all on my own. It's SO yummy and satisfying, and once I start, it's hard to stop eating. But, I do have three other mouths to feed in this house, so this recipe does make enough to share with the whole family.
Because you use the same skillet to cook the steak and to cook the sauce, the creamy pesto soaks up the extra juicy steak flavor.
Add a handful of fresh Roma tomatoes, and it's a colorful, bright, fresh dinner that can be on the table in 30 minutes! Perfect for busy weeknights when we're shuttling between work and school, sports and friends' houses.
Easy Vegetarian Option
For my vegetarian friends out there, this dish is SO easy to make: simply leave out the steak.
Voila! A fresh, delicious, satisfying vegetarian meal.
- 1 16- oz package of Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 8 oz. rib eye steak
- Steak seasoning packet your favorite, or try a blend of salt and pepper + cayenne, cumin, garlic, rosemary
- 1 8- oz package of Buitoni Pesto Sauce
- ¼ cup heavy cream can also use regular milk or Almond Milk
- 1 cup sliced roma tomatoes
- Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil and cook Buitoni pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season steak with your favorite steak seasoning, and then cook steak to your preferred level of doneness. I like my steak medium-rare, and an 8-ounce rib eye that's about 1.5" thick usually cooks in about 5-6 minutes on each side.
- Lower the heat to medium, then remove steak from the skillet and let cool at room temperature on a plate.
- To the same skillet, add pesto sauce and stir to help loosen the steak bits from the bottom of the pan. After about a minute, slowly add the heavy cream or milk. Stir to blend and heat for another minute.
- Add sliced tomatoes, stir and cook the sauce for approximately 2-3 more minutes, until tomatoes have slightly softened.
- Add the cooked pasta plus ¼ cup of starchy hot pasta water into the skillet and stir tortellini so that it is well coated with the creamy pesto sauce.
- Slice the steak into bite-size pieces and stir into the pasta and sauce.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
I'm curious: what makes your weeknights especially hectic? For us, it's work, our social schedules, and our kids' schedules. What about you?
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Delicious!! So easy to prepare!
Can I use regular tomatoes instead of Roma? Where I am at they don't really carry around Roma
Marlynn Jayme Schotland says
Hi Mitzi! Yes, you can definitely use any tomatoes that are available to you! I prefer the taste and shapes of Roma tomatoes, but pretty much any variety will do :) Hope you like the recipe!
Thank you for sharing such an amazing dinner recipe for tonight! Love it!
Manila Spoon says
I love Buitoni pasta and you certainly took it to another level by adding steak and pesto! This is surely the kind of my meal my family loves! Yum!
Kylee from Kylee Cooks says
that certainly IS fast and fabulous! Something perfect for a weeknight, that my whole family will eat - win!
Daniela Anderson says
One can never get tired of any sort of pasta dish, so comforting, tasty and fairly easy to make. Your recipe is packed with amazing flavours and everyone in my family would absolutely love it.
This is my kind of dish. Fast, delicious and has pasta. I love Buitoni products really helps in making dinner faster on those nights from hectic days. Your pics are gorgeous
Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery says
Weeknights are SO hectic - this looks like a great fast, easy dinner. I usually don't get home from work until 7:30 and I have a 1.5 year old, so trying to cook dinner, eat dinner, and start the bedtime routine at a reasonable hour is super stressful. Dinners like this are key to getting everyone to bed on time!
Anne Murphy says
What a lovely fast meal! I love having pesto on hand - it brightens up so many foods, especially at this time of year!
Your recipe is brilliant! Your photos are gorgeous too! I never thought of using tortellini this way! It combines all of my favorite things into one meal. Adding it to my dinner rotation this week! Thank you so much for sharing!
Silvia @ Garden in the Kitchen says
I love Buitoni Pasta! the four cheese ravioli is our favorite!! would love to try the tortellini, the same way you creatively combined with veggies and the sauce. Easy and delicious dinner can't get much better then this!
Sarah | Away From the Box says
I love Buitoni's ready made pasta, but I have never tried their sauces. This recipe looks so delicious I think I will have to try it. I love the combination of the steak, tomatoes, pasta and pesto. Yum!
My favorite pesto! I love the meal which will take less than 30 minutes!