National tortellini day
According to the Foodimentary – Facts and Fun blog, today is National Tortellini Day. Over on the Foodimentary blog, it’s always national some food day, and I often wonder if they just make it up. But I don’t care because today it’s tortellini, and I love tortellini.

Tortellini are tiny pasta shapes, folded to resemble a navel. The Bolognese claim to have created this special member of the pasta family and in the city of Bologna there is the Learned Order of the Tortellini with a large and impressive membership all of whom are dedicated to the preservation of the traditional tortellini. At their functions members wear red and gold hats shaped like a tortellini and a ribbon round their necks from which dangles a tortellini made of gold. It is said that when the Bolognese eat their famous tortellini in brodo, they never speak a word until the dish is finished, and then only to utter a gentle murmur of appreciation.

If you’re making dinner tomorrow night for Valentine’s Day, and haven’t decided what to make yet, why not try my Tortellini Alfredo. It’s quick and easy, and really yummy.


  • One large bag of dry cheese tortellini or two pouches of fresh, refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 8 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Time Estimates

Prep time: 10 min  

Cook time: 15 min  

Total time: 25 min  


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions.
  2. While tortellini is cooking, make the alfredo sauce.
  3. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat.
  4. Add cream and simmer for five minutes.
  5. Add garlic and cheese, whisk quickly, heating through.
  6. Stir in parsley.
  7. Drain tortellini, place in big bowl, pour sauce over, and serve.

Serves 2-4

Optional Toppings:

Without any of these toppings, this is a fabulous meatless dish that's complete with a fresh salad and some crusty bread. However, if you would like to add a little meat, try:

  • Diced chicken that has been sautéed in a little of the sauce.
  • Prosciutto and peas.
  • Lump crab meat.
As with all recipes, the better the ingredients you use, the better the dish will taste. And, if you choose organic ingredients, you can make this a healthier and earth-friendlier dish.

Image: scottfeldstein

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.