Tortellini in Marinara Sauce

Tortellini in tomato sauce


Marinara sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can (15 oz / 425 g) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz / 425 g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt to taste

Other ingredients

  • 8 oz (225 g) Tortellini, such as Trader Joe’s Tortellini with cheese / pesto / eggplant filling
  • 2 medium Italian eggplants, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 zucchinis, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (optional)


Marinara sauce

  1. Heat oil in a sauce pan
  2. Add minced garlic and bay leaves and fry till garlic turns light brown in color (5-10 seconds)
  3. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil leaves, chili powder, sugar and salt and bring to boil
  4. Reduce to low heat and let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes, while regularly stirring, till it thickens

The rest of the steps:

  1. Cook tortellini in boiling water till desired softness
  2. Heat oil in a pan
  3. Add eggplant, zucchini and celery to the oil with some salt and stir fry for 3-4 minutes to desired softness
  4. Optionally, you could sprinkle some dried oregano on the vegetables
  5. Serve tortellini and vegetables on a plate with generous portion of marinara sauce poured on the top

Serves: 4


Instead of making your own marinara sauce, you could use ready-made pasta sauce and one of our favorites is Trader Joe’s Three Cheese pasta sauce!

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