Tortellini and Veggies en Brodo


This bright and springy pasta dish comes together in under a half an hour.

Tortellini and Veggies En Brodo

Greg DuPree

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

This springy supper is inspired by tortellini en brodo, an iconic dish of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy: tortellini that is cooked and served in broth. In this quick, veggie-packed version, asparagus and peas are added to the pot while the stuffed pasta cooks, making this scrumptious recipe a one-pot wonder. A squeeze of lemon juice and a dusting of lemon zest adds the right amount of seasonal brightness, while the peppery arugula, umami-rich Parmesan, and a drizzle of your best olive oil are the simple touches that balance this bowl of comfort. To make it vegetarian, use a high-quality vegetable broth.


  • 6 cups lower-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 2 tsp thyme

  • 1 8-to-10-oz. pkg. fresh or frozen tortellini

  • 1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3-in. pieces 

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet peas

  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • Lemon zest

  • 2 cups baby arugula

  • Olive oil, for drizzling

  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring broth, garlic, and thyme to a simmer over medium in a large pot. Cover and cook until fragrant and garlic is slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Discard garlic and thyme.

  2. Add tortellini to pot; cook according to package directions. Add asparagus and salt during last 3 minutes of cook time; cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus is bright green and tender. Add peas; cook until tender and warmed through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.

  3. Serve in shallow bowls, topped with arugula, a drizzle of oil, cheese, pepper, and lemon zest.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

320 Calories
10g Fat
41g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 530mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 655mg 14%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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